Not even a big league ballpark could hold Jake Barrett and Steven Bier.
Mesa Desert Ridge's biggest power sources each hit homers as the Jaguars rallied from a three-run deficit to beat Glendale Deer Valley 9-4 in the 5A-II state baseball semifinals on Thursday at Surprise Stadium.
The Jaguars will face off with region foe Scottsdale Horizon in the title game at 7 p.m. Saturday at Phoenix Municipal Stadium.
"It's probably the coolest thing I've ever been a part of," pitcher Zach Odom said.
Deer Valley struck for three runs on five hits in the top of the second inning for the early lead.
They threatened to stretch it to more when Blaine Schmidt and Kyle Herrington walked to begin the third inning. Schmidt was subsequently thrown out on a double steal attempt, but Steve Sakata walked next to again put two on.
Desert Ridge coach Pat Herrera then called on Odom in relief, and he promptly induced a double play to end the inning.
"There was no stopping us after that," Odom said.
A fielder's choice RBI by Bier in the bottom of the frame cut the deficit to 3-1, and Barrett tied it up with a two-run blast to left field, easily clearing the 350-foot sign on the wall. Barrett also added an RBI double in the sixth, finishing 2-for-4 with three RBIs.
Odom continued to handcuff the Deer Valley offense, and Bier hit his three-run homer in the bottom of the fourth for a 6-3 lead. The Jaguars would add three more in the sixth inning to win going away.
"These guys are a weird group," Desert Ridge coach Pat Herrera said. "There's not a lot of panic in them. ... But I think that's what you need."
Bier's blast came two pitches after he inadvertently hit Schmidt, the Deer Valley catcher, on the helmet on his swing's follow through. It was the second time it happened in the game, and the Skyhawks dugout took exception.
After some chirping back and forth, Bier pointed at the Deer Valley dugout following his homer.
The umpiring crew didn't eject Bier, but asked Herrera to take him out of the game. He did, and Bier will be able eligible to play in the title contest.
"They said, 'He deserves a chance to play the state championship, you have the choice to take him out,'" Herrera said. "And I did. That needed to be done. He understood it was wrong. ... He's an emotional kid."
Odom held the fort very well. He gave up one run in four innings of relief, and none until the seventh inning, when the Jaguars had a six-run lead.
Jerry Kleman came into the game with the bases loaded and one out in the seventh, getting a pop-up and a strikeout to end the game. Barrett, Desert Ridge's ace, will pitch the title game.