It wasn't a good day for Red Mountain's power hitting Friday, but its pitching controlled the afternoon as the Mountain Lions toppled defending 5A Division I state champion Corona del Sol, 7-1, in a nonregion game at Red Mountain.
One of Red Mountain's early-season bashers, junior Cole Gleason, took the mound and offered his best performance of the year. He was too busy concentrating on strikeouts to worry about adding to his seven-homer total.
"That was Cole's best outing," Red Mountain coach Jason Grantham said. "He's been battling an injured hand since late in the offseason. Today, he was great. He threw a lot of strikes."
Gleason fanned 10, walked one and allowed just four hits. He got all the runs he needed in the first inning, as Red Mountain scored three times on one hit, a walk and two Corona errors.
Gleason was in the middle of the three-run rally in the first, as his fly to right was dropped with runners at second and third.
T.J. Bennett, who walked to open the inning and is the Mountain Lions' other big bopper with nine homers in 11 games, scored on the dropped fly hit by Gleason. An errant throw to the infield allowed Kelly Walsh to score a second run on the play. Ryne Dean's RBI groundout capped the inning.
"That's the third game we've played at home and haven't had any homers here," Grantham said. "All of our home runs have been on the road or at neutral fields."
Red Mountain collected seven hits on Friday - all were singles. Walsh led the way with a 3-for-3 day.
On the flip side, Corona (4-4) got a well-pitched game from lefty Heath Dwyer, who allowed all seven runs but only two earned. Dwyer gave up four runs in the sixth on four straight hits and another costly throwing error that allowed two runs to score and paved the way for a third.
Red Mountain improved to 8-3 with the victory.