Despite losing starting pitcher to injury after just two innings of work, Hamilton sophomore pitcher Kent Hasler came up big in his first-ever varsity game, while Trent Goodrich’s two-run, two out triple in the 4th inning helped the Huskies defeat Mountain Pointe 8-6 on Friday, to win the Big League Dugout baseball tournament.
With Hamilton up 3-2 entering the third inning, Hasler, who earlier in the day got called up from the JV team due to a shortage of pitchers, came in and put away the top of the Pride's order.
Goodrich, who was only 1-for-4 for the game, gave Hasler some breathing room when he recorded his only hit of the game to put the Huskies ahead 5-2.
After Mountain Point scored an unearned run off Hesler in the bottom of the fourth to close the gap to 5-3, the Huskies put two more on the board in the fifth to push the lead to 7-3.
But the Pride struck back again, scoring two more runs in the bottom of the inning to cut the deficit to 7-5.
Those two runs would be the last two Hesler allowed, as he shut down Mountain Pointe in the sixth before he eventually turned things over to the tournament’s Most Outstanding Pitcher, Cody Lawson.
Lawson recorded the final out to get the save and for the Huskies (13-3).
Hesler relinquished just three runs, two earned, in 4 2/3 innings of relief of starting pitcher Tyler Erwin, who left after the second inning due to a knot in his shoulder.
Lawson recorded two wins over the course of the tournament.
Cody Bellinger was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament, while Mitch Nay, who was named the tournament’s Top Offensive Player, went 2-for-2 on the night.
Nay scored Hamilton’s first run of the game and finished with three home runs for the tournament. Brantley Bell went 2-for-4 with a double and 2 RBI for Mountain Pointe (8-4-1).
This was the third meeting between the two teams this year. Hamilton beat the Pride 5-3 on March 13, while Mountain Pointe got the best of the Huskies in a 2-1 victory, Wednesday.
Bre Macha had three RBI on just two hits, while pitcher Siera Phillips struck out six to lead Red Mountain to a 10-3 win over previously unbeaten Notre Dame in the Desert Mountain Softball Invitational.
The win is the fourth in as many tries for the Mountain Lions, who will play three more games Saturday at Horizon Park.
The tournament championship game is at 7 p.m.