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Prep report: Spotlight on Jimmy Patterson

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Posted: Friday, April 28, 2006 4:53 am | Updated: 4:06 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Patterson isn’t sure what he is. Ask him that question before he toes the rubber and he will tell you he is a pitcher — a pitcher with a minuscule earned run average.

Pose the same question to Patterson before he steps to the plate and he’ll probably tell you how he has improved as a center fielder.

“I don’t really know,” said Patterson, a junior at McClintock, when asked what is his best position. “Pitching right now is No. 1. . . . I love to hit. Hitting is my favorite.”

Confused? That’s how most hitters feel against Patterson, who has a fastball which tops out at about 83 mph. Instead, The left-hander gets hitters with a sweeping curve and a change-up. Those pitches have led him to a 8-1 record and an ERA of 1.35.

The 6-foot, 175-pound player is also hitting .406 this season for the Chargers with 28 hits and 34 RBIs.

Patterson’s exploits have not gone unnoticed by college recruiters. He has garnered interest from several Division I schools, including Arizona State and Arizona.

For now, Patterson is focused on getting the Chargers to the 4A Division I state tournament and doing some damage.

“We’ve been playing hard,” Patterson said. “We need to bring our ‘A’ game.”

NOTEWORTHY

BASEBALL-SOFTBALL

Variety of region-title winners:

Eight different schools won 5A baseball or softball region titles in the recently completed regular season. Baseball champs are: Mountain Pointe (Central), Brophy (Desert Valley), Mountain View (East Valley) and Mesquite (Fiesta). Winning in softball are: Corona del Sol (Central), Horizon (Desert Valley), Red Mountain (East Valley) and Highland (Fiesta). Mountain Pointe’s title came under first-year head coach Brandon Buck. Highland’s was under first-year coach Jennifer Caldwell. This was the second region title in a row for Brophy and Mountain View in baseball and for Horizon in softball. Red Mountain has won three straight in softball and Corona del Sol racked up its fifth straight region title.

Baseball in prom-time:

Prom times were a sticking point in Mountain View and Desert Vista settling on a start time Saturday for their first-round 5A Division I state playoff game.

Mountain View, the host team as the No. 8 seed, has its prom Saturday night. Toros coach Mike Thiel was hoping to get Desert Vista to agree to change the start time from 4 p.m. to 2 p.m. to accommodate his team. The rub was Desert Vista’s prom is tonight. Desert Vista coach Stan Luketich knows his players who are prom-bound aren’t likely to be in bed early on prom night. Desert Vista politely, but resolutely declined the offer and the game time remains 4 p.m. Further rub is that Desert Vista coach Stan Luketich is the brother of Mountain View principal Craig Luketich.

Milestone: Fountain Hills baseball coach Mike Briguglio recorded his 500th career victory Tuesday when the Falcons beat Chino Valley. Briguglio, who also coached at Arcadia and two out-of-state schools, has 199 career losses.

TENNIS

Wolves hungry for more:

Desert Mountain won the boys 5A Division II state championship on Tuesday, and no year-round training was required.

Junior Andrew McLurdy was ranked third in the state in Division II and plays almost every day. But most of the Wolves’ team hits balls once or twice a week outside the spring season. Max Kanter, the team’s lone senior, didn’t play his junior year, and third-year coach Dan Lefevre said junior Mike Anderson hasn’t played a tournament outside the season in two years.

“Nobody goes home and cries all night if they lose a match,” Lefevre said. “They were great players at 12 or 13 (years old) who found perspective.”

PREP CALENDAR

TODAY

Baseball

6 p.m. — Bagdad at Tempe Prep

Baseball

4 p.m. — Seton Catholic at Globe

Boys tennis

All day — 5A Division I and Division II state individual tournament quarterfinals and semifinals, Tucson Racquet Club

All day — 4A Division I and Division II state individual tournament first and second rounds, Paseo Racquet Center, Glendale

All day — 3A West Region tournament, Chandler Tennis Center

Girls tennis

All day — 5A Division I and Division II state individual tournament quarterfinals and semifinals, Tucson Racquet Club

All day — 4A Division I and Division II state individual tournament, first and second rounds, Paseo Racquet Center, Glendale

All day — 3A West Region tournament, Chandler Tennis Center

— Compiled by Les Willsey, Brad Falduto, Mark Heller and Steve Burks

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