Gilbert Mesquite baseball player Rocky High apparently knows only one speed — all out.
The Wildcat junior is on the shelf for an extended time for the second year in a row after tearing tendons in his right (nonthrowing arm) prior to the team’s season opener. He will undergo surgery, and the Wildcats hope to have him back for region play later this month or early next.
“He goes hard all the time,” Mesquite coach Jeff Holland said. “He was diving for a ball in practice, and that’s how it happened. He broke his left hand last year … The good news is we think we’ll get him back.”
High batted .455 last year in 19 games and was 1-1 with a 4.67 ERA.
Where’s the pitching? Pitchers are supposed to be ahead of hitters the first couple of weeks of the season, but it’s not happening around here much.
In the first two days of the Phoenix Desert Vista Invitational at Desert Vista High last weekend, a tournament that featured Chandler Hamilton, Yuma Cibola, Tucson Salpointe, Mesa Red Mountain, Mesa Mountain View and Desert Vista, the average final score of the first nine games was 12-6. Hamilton scored 40 runs in three games; Salpointe scored 36 and Red Mountain put up 28.
The only pitcher to throw five innings or more of shutout ball was Mountain View right-hander Brian Williams, who blanked Cibola for five innings.
Four local schools win tournament titles: Mesa Red Mountain’s and Chandler Hamilton’s softball teams won the Lion Country Classic and Dobson-Marcos de Niza Invitationals, respectively, last week. In baseball, Chandler Basha won the Metro Invitational and Tempe Marcos de Niza took home first in the Universal Athletic Supply Tournament in the West Valley with its win over Glendale Ironwood.
Pima Region torrid out of the gate: Mesa Desert Ridge, Scottsdale Horizon, Marcos de Niza, Mesa Skyline and Phoenix Pinnacle combined for a 17-1 record in baseball the first week of the season. Desert Ridge was 4-0, Horizon 2-0, Marcos 6-0, Skyline 2-0 and Pinnacle 3-1.