When your team is scratching and clawing to keep its season going, you don't care how you win.
Just ask the Dobson High School baseball team. The Mustangs were one-hit Wednesday afternoon by Red Mountain, but still managed to score six runs and edge the Mountain Lions, 6-5, in a 5A East Valley Region tournament game at Hohokam Park, evening their best-of-three series at a game apiece.
How does a team score six runs on one hit? The formula Wednesday for Dobson — a lot of help from Red Mountain. As in 14 walks and three errors.
Dobson scored three times each in the second and third innings. The Mustangs’ second three-run rally put them ahead to stay, 6-4. Starter Jacob Barbosa allowed base runners in every inning after Dobson took the lead, but the right-hander gutted out a 117-pitch outing to get Dobson to the deciding game of the series today at Hohokam Park. The winner of today's game advances to state next week as the region's No. 3 seed.
"I've never seen or heard of a game like that," first-year Dobson coach Dave Tykoski said. "(Assistant) coach (Scott) Morgan's been around a long time and he's never seen anything like it. At this point we'll take whatever we can to keep going."
Red Mountain (13-17), the No. 5 seed heading into the tournament, was gunning for its third win in as many days to secure a spot at state. The Mountain Lions beat Mesa on Monday to set up the three-game series with No. 3 Dobson (13-18) and pounded the Mustangs on Tuesday, 11-6. Had the Mountain Lions issued a few less walks and sharpened their defense Wednesday, they likely wouldn't have needed another game today.
Red Mountain scored five runs and cranked out 10 hits, but also left 11 men on base.
"The walks and errors certainly were the main difference, but we didn't execute other things when we had the chance," Red Mountain coach Henry Faccio said. "Fortunately for us, we have tomorrow."
Red Mountain started lefty Kyle Marley, who had an easy first inning. But Marley walked five batters in the second and the Mountain Lions committed one of their three errors that accounted for Dobson's three runs that inning.
Dobson scored on a bases loaded walk, a passed ball and an error in the second. In the third it was more of the same. An error and two walks by Marley loaded the bases with one out. A bases loaded walk by reliever Kris Quintana forced in a run to tie the score at 4. The second Red Mountain error of the inning with two outs, allowed the final two runs of the afternoon for Dobson.
Dobson's only hit was a bloop single to center in the fourth by Tyler Terry. Its top offensive force was leadoff hitter Greg Bordes, who had two RBIs. Both were on bases-loaded walks.
Red Mountain was led by first baseman Steve Downing, who was 2-for-3 with three RBIs. Downing likely will be the starting pitcher today for the Mountain Lions.