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Spring tourney skeds, results in EV March 10-13 -- BB and SBMar 11, 2014, by Les Willsey, Staff Writer, AIA365.com
Many East Valley schools set out for spring break this weekend, but that doesn't mean baseball and softball grinds to a halt.
Several spring break tournaments begin Monday March 10 and continue through Wednesday (March 12) or Thursday (March 13). Here are the teams entered, schedules and results for those tournaments as they progress:
SOFTBALL: Marcos de Niza-McClintock Invitational -- at McClintock and Marcos de Niza high schools. McClintock Pool -- Skyline (5-0), Williams Field (4-1), Westview (2-3), Casa Grande (2-3), Mesquite (1-4), McClintock (1-4). Marcos de Niza Pool -- Vista Grande (4-1), Perry (4-1), Dobson (4-1), Marcos de Niza (2-3), Cesar Chavez (1-4), Poston Butte (0-5).
Saturday March 8 results from McClintock HS -- McClintock 14, Westview 9; Williams Field 9, Mesquite; Skyline 8, Casa Grande 1; Mesquite 24, McClintock 6; Casa Westview 7, Casa Grande 2; Skyline 7, Williams Field 6. Saturday March 8 results at Marcos de Niza HS -- Marcos de Niza 10, Cesar Chavez 7; Dobson 10, Vista Grande 3; Perry 17, Poston Butte 3; Vista Grande 11, Cesar Chavez 1; Dobson 8, Poston Butte 5; Perry 9, Marcos de Niza 2.
Monday March 10 results at McClintock HS -- Skyline 10, McClintock 1; Williams Field 14, Casa Grande 8; Skyline 7, Mesquite 3, Williams Field 6, Westview 3; Mesquite vs. Westview, Casa Grande 5, McClintock 3. Monday March 10 results at Marcos de Niza HS -- Dobson 19, Marcos de Niza 5; Vista Grande 12, Poston Butte 1; Perry 8, Cesar Chavez 4; Vista Grande 9, Marcos de Niza 1; Perry 5, Dobson1; Cesar Chavez 15, Poston Butte 12.
Tuesday March 11 results at McClintock HS -- Skyline 5, Westview 4, Williams Field 8, McClintock 0; Casa Grande 14, Mesquite 13. Tuesday March 11 results at Marcos de Niza HS -- Vista Grande 13, Perry 2, Dobson 5, Cesar Chavez 3; Marcos de Niza 7, Poston Butte 6.
Wednesday March 12 (all games at Marcos de Niza HS) -- 10 a.m.-- McClintock vs. Poston Butte, Mesquite vs. Cesar Chavez. Noon -- Marcos de Niza vs. Casa Grande, Perry vs. Westview. 2 p.m. -- Dobson vs. Williams Field, Skyline vs. Vista Grande 1 (Championship).
BASEBALL: 4th annual Game on Germann Tournament at Campo Verde HS. Competing schools -- Pool A -- Campo Verde (3-0), Mesa (2-1), Tucson (1-2), Maricopa (1-2), Agua Fria (0-2). Pool B -- Valley Vista (3-0), Marcos de Niza (2-1), Casa Grande (1-1-1), Valley Christian (1-2), Higley (1-2), Tempe (0-2-1).
Saturday March 8 results -- Campo Verde 10, Maricopa 0; Valley Vista 14, Valley Christian 2; Tucson 7, Maricopa 2; Marcos de Niza 14, Higley 3; Mesa 8, Tucson 4; Marcos de Niza 14, Tempe 2; Mesa 10, Agua Fria 0.
Monday March 10 results -- Valley Christian 9, Higley 5; Maricopa 10, Agua Fria 2; Casa Grande 3, Valley Christian 2. Campo Verde 5, Mesa 3.
Tuesday March 11 results -- Campo Verde 10, Tucson 4; Valley Vista 15, Tempe 1; Valley Vista 13, Marcos de Niza 12; Tempe 8, Casa Grande 8; Higley 12, vs. Casa Grande 2.
Wednesday March 12 -- 10 a.m. -- Tempe vs. Valley Christian. 1 p.m. -- Valley Vista vs. Higley, Agua Fria vs. Campo Verde. 4 p.m. -- Maricopa vs. Mesa, Agua Fria vs. Tucson. 7 p.m. -- Casa Grande vs. Marcos de Niza.
Thursday March 13 -- 4 p.m -- A2 vs. B2. 7 p.m. -- A1 vs. B1 (championship).
Mesquite Spring Break Tournament -- at Mesquite and Gilbert high schools. Competing schools -- Pool A -- Desert Vista (3-0), Basha (2-0), Gilbert, (2-1), McClintock (0-3), Bradshaw Mountain (0-3). Pool B -- Desert Ridge (2-1),Red Mountain (2-1), Queen Creek (1-1), Mesquite (1-2), Prescott (1-2).
Monday March 10 results at Gilbert HS -- Gilbert 11, McClintock 1. Desert Vista 15, McClintock 0; Desert Vista 14, Bradshaw Mountain 6; Basha 5, Bradshaw Mountain 0. Monday March 10 results at Mesquite HS -- Mesquite 4, Prescott 3. Desert Ridge 5, Prescott 0; Red Mountain 7, Desert Ridge 2 (9 innings); Queen Creek 16, Red Mountain 6.
Tuesday March 11 results at Gilbert HS -- Desert Vista 11, Gilbert 2; Gilbert 10, Bradshaw Mountain 5. Basha 10, McClintock 3. Tuesday March 11 results at Mesquite HS -- Desert Ridge 5, Mesquite 4. Prescott 10, Queen Creek 8; Red Mountain 7, Mesquite 6.
Wednesday March 12 at Gilbert HS -- 9:30 a.m. -- Basha vs. Desert Vista, 12:30 p.m. -- Basha vs. Gilbert, 3:30 p.m. -- Bradshaw Mtn. vs. McClintock. Wednesday March 12 at Mesquite HS -- 9:30 a.m.-- Queen Creek vs. Desert Ridge, 12:30 p.m. -- Queen Creek vs. Mesquite. 3:30 p.m -- Red Mountain vs. Prescott.
Thursday March 13 at Gilbert HS -- 9:30 a.m. -- A4 vs. B4. 12:30 p.m. -- A3 vs. B3. Thursday March 13 at Mesquite HS -- 9:30 a.m. -- A5 vs. B5; 12:30 p.m. -- A2 vs B2. 3:30 p.m. -- A1 vs. B1 (championship).
Highland Hawk Tournament -- at Highland HS. Competing schools -- Pool A: Perry (3-0), Williams Field (2-1), Andress, Texas (1-2), Dobson (0-3). Pool B: Highland (2-1), Seton (2-1) Cienega (2-1), Franklin, Texas (0-3).
Monday March 10 results -- Perry 9, Williams Field 1. Cienega 10, Seton 8; Williams Field 16, Dobson 3; Andress, Tex 2, Dobson 1; Highland 4, Franklin 1.
Tuesday March 11 results -- Williams Field 13, Andress, Texas 1. Perry 10, Andress, Texas 0; Cienega 15, Franklin, Texas 5. Perry 11, Dobson 4; Seton 17, Franklin, Texas 2. Highland 6, Cienega 3. Seton 9, Highland 3.
Wednesday March 12 -- 9 a.m. -- Andress, Texas vs. Cienega. Noon -- Dobson vs. Franklin, Texas. 3 p.m. -- Perry vs. Seton. 6 p.m. -- Williams Field vs. Highland.
Thursday March 13 -- (Times tentative) 9 a.m. -- Andress-Cienega loser vs. Dobson-Franklin loser. Noon -- Andress-Cienega winner vs. Dobson-Franklin winner. 3 pm. -- Perry-Seton loser vs. Williams Field-Highland loser. 6 p.m. -- Perry-Seton winner vs. Williams Field-Highland winner (Championship).
Errant pickoff throw opens door for Mountain Pointe baseballMar 11, 2014, by Don Ketchum, Staff Writer, AIA365.com
For four innings, Tuesday’s (March 11) baseball game between Phoenix Mountain Pointe and host Scottsdale Desert Mountain featured a pitcher’s duel.
Then, in an instant, the complexion of the game changed.
With one out in the top of the fifth in a scoreless game, Mountain Pointe had runners at second base (double) and first base (intentional walk).
The Desert Mountain pitcher attempted a pickoff throw to first base, but the ball was directly in the path of the runner as he stepped back toward the bag. The ball did not hit him, but the first baseman could not catch it, either and the ball went past him and rolled past him in foul territory along the right-field line.
The lead runner scored and two more runners came home on RBI singles in the inning and Mountain Pointe went on to defeat the defending Division I champion 4-1.
Mountain Pointe improved to 7-2 and Desert Mountain continued to struggle at 1-7.
“Things can change like that pretty quickly,’’ said Mountain Pointe coach Brandon Buck.
“I thought we were swinging the bats pretty well the whole game, but the ball went right at them (Desert Mountain) a couple of times. In that big inning, we were able to get a couple of two-out hits, which was key for us.’’
Cooper Davis and Jake Alexander had RBI hits after the error. The Pride took a 4-0 lead in the top of the sixth. Desert Mountain scored its run in the sixth on a run-scoring single by Thomas Wright.
Buck used a pair of right-handers, starter Jorge Carrazco and reliever Peyton Holm, to keep Desert Mountain under control. The Wolves only managed five hits.
“Our pitching has been great all season,’’ Buck said. “We have 11 guys we can use who can pitch effectively. I know it sounds crazy, but we do. I think our ERA is 2.3, something like that.
“We had to be on top of our game today because Desert Mountain is a good team. They are a great program. They were state champions. They have had it a little tough, but they also have played kind of a tough schedule.’’
Baseball: Red Mtn. rallies to win at Mesquite InvitationalMar 11, 2014, by Les Willsey, Staff Writer, AIA365.com
The Mesquite Baseball Invitational is a tag team event -- at least in the Mesquite half of the tournament.
Red Mountain tied Desert Ridge at 2-1 after the second day of play Tuesday afternoon, rallying from a 4-1 deficit to knock off Mesquite, 7-6, at Mesquite High School.
Sloppy play in the field by Mesquite in the fourth and fifth innings and Red Mountain's penchant for taking advantage turned a 4-1 deficit after three innings in to a 7-4 lead an inning and a half later. An infield error, poorly executed cutoff play and a two-run double by Red Mountain's John Downey highlighted a three-run fourth. Matt Metara's sacrifice fly tied the game at 4.
Then in the fifth, back-to-back singles by Hunter Parker and CJ James began the next uprising. Winning pitcher Garrett Duffy followed puttng a sacrifice bunt down the third-base line that was fielded, but thrown wildly to first. It allowed both runners to score and Duffy advanced to third. Duffy scored on Alex Sepulveda's sacrifice fly -- which proved to be the game winner.
Mesquite pulled within 7-6 in the bottom of the fifth on a ground out by Cole Valletta and RBI single by Nick Gurevitz. Mesquite had runners in scoring postion in each of the sixth and seventh innings, but failed to plate either. Downey pitched the final two innings for Red Mountain to pick up the save for Duffy.
Mesquite's trio of Tyler Pollett, Valletta and Gurevitz combined to go 9-for-12 at the plate and drove in all six runs. Valletta had a homer and triple and knocked in three of the runs.
None of the five teams in the Mesquite Pool -- Red Mountain, Desert Ridge, Mesquite, Queen Creek and Prescott -- has won two games in a row. In fact, any team in the pool that wins a game has followed it up with a loss. Red Mountain won its opener on Monday in extra innings and was crushed by Queen Creek in its next game. Mesquite won its opener Monday and suffered a pair of one-run losses on Tuesday. Desert Ridge won its first game Monday and fell to Red Mountain its next time out. Queen Creek lost to Prescott in its second game. Prescott lost twice on Monday.
Heading to the final day of pool play Wednesday (March 12) the Mesquite Pool standings are: Red Mountain and Desert Ridge 2-1, Queen Creek 1-1 and Mesquite and Prescott 1-2. In the Gilbert Pool at Gilbert High, it's been domination so far by Desert Vista (3-0), Basha (2-0) and Gilbert (2-1). McClintock and Bradshaw Mountain are each 0-3.
Basha and Desert Vista play the 9:30 a.m. game at Gilbert High on Wednesday. Basha follows that taking on Gilbert at 12:30 p.m. The top teams from each pool play for the tournament title on Thursday (March 13) at 3:30 at Mesquite.
Softball: Vista Grande tops Perry for tourney-title berthMar 11, 2014, by Les Willsey, Staff Writer, AIA365.com
Vista Grande didn't begin the Marcos de Niza-McClintock Invitational last Saturday at Marcos de Niza High with the look of a team gunning for the tourney's championship. Four games after an opening 10-3 loss, the Spartans look invincible.
A six-run, first-inning Tuesday morning continued a sizzling pace as Vista Grande pummelled Perry, 13-2, to earn a berth in the title game at Marcos de Niza High.
After dropping a 10-3 decsion to Dobson, Vista Grande took the next four games by a combined score of 45-5. Vista Grande pushed its season record to 8-2 and faces McClintock Pool winner Skyline on Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Marcos de Niza. Vista Grande roughed up three Perry pitchers for 13 hits. Throw in a charitable six errors by Perry (7-5) and the game was decided quickly.
Leading the way for Vista Grande was catcher Jazmyn Ortega. Ortega knocked in eight runs with a three-run homer, three-run double, single and sacrifice fly. Leadoff hitter Annalisa Cordova (three runs scored) and Jordon Keeton were table-setters. Keeton was 4-for-4 with four runs scored. Alyssa Valdez also enjoyed a mult-hit game with a triple and single.
Vista Grande's offense made it easy for pitcher Kristen Stalter to work. Stalter tossed a one-hitter, a pop-up that Stalter dove for and couldn't catch just inside the firts-base line in the fourth inning off the bat of Jordan Spencer. Stalter fanned one and walked two in her five innings of toil.
Skyline, 5-0 in pool play), clinched a berth in Wednesday's title game on Monday with two wins at McClintock High. Skyline capped pool play with a 5-4 win over Westview to run its winning streak to 10 games. Skyline is 11-2 under first-year coach Annie Lockwood.
The rest of the final-day matchups Wednesday (March 12) are all at Marcos de Niza HS. At 10 a.m. the No. 6 seeds meet (Poston Butte-McClintock) and the No. 5 seeds (Cesar Chavez-Mesquite). At noon the No. 4 seeds (Marcos de Niza-Casa Grande) and No. 3 seeds (Perry-Westview). The 2 p.m. games wrap things up with No. 2 seeds (Dobson-Williams Field) and top-seeds (Skyline-Vista Grande) squaring off.
Row, row, row your boats: Xavier crew team takes home titleMar 11, 2014, by Don Ketchum, Staff Writer, AIA365.com
Phoenix Xavier Prep’s crew team captured the 2014 state championship title with a victory in the Desert Sprints competition on March 8.
Xavier scored five first-place finishes, with nearly all of its boats placing, allowing the Gators to bring home the state point trophy for the first time since 2011.
Congratulations to the Gators, and to all the participants !!
Baseball: Campo Verde rallies to edge Mesa High, 5-3Mar 10, 2014, by Les Willsey, Staff Writer, AIA365.com
Dylan Rosoff singled in the tie-breaking run in the fifth inning and Jake Burns knocked in an insurance run in the sixth on Monday night as Campo Verde rallied to edge Mesa High, 5-3, on the second day of the 4th annual Game on Germann Invitational at Campo Verde High School.
Rosoff drove in two runs with a pair of hits, Burns had two hits as did teammates Sloane Thompson and Erik Hildebrandt. Campo Verde improved to 7-1 overall and 2-0 in pool play at its tournament. Campo Verde leads its pool with Mesa High now 2-1 in pool play.
Campo Verde got a lift from left-handed pitcher Cooper Williams. Williams tossed 4 1/3 innings of shutout relief of starter Marcus Colegrove. Williams allowed three hits, no walks and fanned three in his stint. Colegrove gave up six his and three runs in 2 2/3 innings of work.
Williams pitched out of a seventh inning jam after giving up two singles with one out. He induced a pop up and soft liner to end Mesa's final threat. Mesa left eight runners on base -- two each in the second, third, fourth and seventh. Willie Avelar led Mesa with three hits and Javier Otero and James Ciapa added two hits apiece.
Marcos de Niza, which won two games on the first day of the tournament on Saturday, leads its pool with a 2-0 mark. Marcos de Niza takes on Valley Vista in its only game on Tuesday. Valley Vista and Casa Grande are each 1-0 and are set to play twice on Tuesday (March 11).