Needing a win to get into the 5A Division I state tournament, the Red Mountain baseball team threw everything but the kitchen sink at Hamilton in the first three innings on Wednesday.
The Huskies’ offense probably would have teed off on the sink, too.
Red Mountain jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first, but Hamilton answered with 12 runs in the next three frames and held on for a 12-7 victory in the season finale for both teams at Hamilton.
The Mountain Lions entered the game 18th in the power points, and would have needed a victory and some help to move into the top-16 and qualify for the postseason. That desperation showed, as four different pitchers were used before an out was recorded in the third inning.
“Everybody was on deck today, ready to go,” Red Mountain coach Jason Grantham said. “(Hamilton) just swung it.”
Even though Red Mountain jumped out to the three-run lead in the first, it was short-lived, as the Huskies scored four runs in the bottom of the inning. They pushed five more across in the second inning to go ahead by six, but Red Mountain did cut it to a four-run game in the top of the third.
However, Jordan Frabasilio followed up a pair of walks with a three-run blast to effectively put the game out of reach.
“One hit gave them three runs,” Grantham said. “They negated those two runs and what we had done to battle back. That was the turning point.”
The Mountain Lions scored a pair of runs in the top of the seventh inning but stranded runners on second and third as a final rally fell short. Red Mountain won three of four games heading into this game to give itself a chance at the postseason.
Frabasilio went 2-for-4 with the home run and five RBIs from the cleanup spot. He was batting as low as ninth in the order earlier in the season, but a combination of an injury to Mitch Nay and his success at the plate put him in the No. 4 hole for this game.
“Jordan’s been hot of late, so we put him in there,” Hamilton coach Mike Woods said. “He obviously came through today.”
Derek Hill went 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored and Malcolm Holland was 1-for-2 with two walks, three runs scored and a stolen base for the Huskies.
Ryne Dean was 1-for-3 with a home run and three RBIs to lead Red Mountain