They have a win on a neutral site. They have a win on the road. Now, the Phoenix Brophy baseball team wants a season sweep of Scottsdale Horizon.
Six days after ripping the Huskies in the championship game of the Cleats National Invitational Tournament, Brophy walked into Husky Park and belted three home runs in an 8-3 win Wednesday, handing Horizon its second straight loss after a 19-0 start to its season.
After the game, the Broncos agreed to wear their jerseys to school today in preparation for the Huskies again tonight — this time at Brophy. But Broncos coach Tom Succow said his team needs to put Wednesday’s win behind them, because Horizon will do the same.
“They’ll flush this one down the toilet. We’ll flush it down the toilet. We have to forget about this game,” Succow said.
Even so, the win puts the Broncos (19-1, 3-0 5A Desert Valley Region) ahead of Horizon (19-2, 4-1) in the region standings.
Junior right fielder Harlyn Griffiths went 3-for-4, including a three-run homer in the top of the fifth inning that broke a 1-1 game wide open.
“(Harlyn) hit a big home run for us at Salpointe earlier this season,” said Succow. “Obviously his home run jump-started us tonight.”
Husky ace Kevin Rhoderick survived four shaky innings to keep the game tied heading into the fifth. But after striking out the first hitter of the inning, Rhoderick hit back-to-back batters, setting up Griffiths’ blast over the 375-foot sign in center field. The previously unbeaten senior struck out seven but surrendered five earned runs, walked five, hit three batters and threw a wild pitch in 4 1/3 innings.
Brophy’s R.J. Preach, allowed three earned runs on five hits in 5 1/3 innings, walking four and striking out six.