May 3, 2005
Chris Marvin wasn’t ready for his high school baseball career to end quite yet.
The Chandler High senior hit go-ahead two-run single in the bot tom of the sixth inning as the Wolves rallied to defeat Gilbert 5-2 Monday in the Fiesta Region tour nament at Papago Park.
The loss eliminated Gilbert from postseason contention and put Chandler into best-of-three series against High land to determine the region’s final seed for the state tournament.
Marvin’s hit came with the bases loaded, two outs and Gilbert leading 2-1.
"When it comes right down to it he’s the kind of guy we want up there," Chandler coach Mike Johnson said. "We’ve got a senior up there with our backs up against the wall in a sudden-death game. We’ll live and die by guys like that in that situation."
There was no play at the plate, but Johnson was prepared to wave home the go-ahead run either way.
"My thinking was, first of all, can my guy from second score?" Johnson said. "But I was sending him anyway."
The Wolves (10-23) added on two more insurance runs in the inning, one on a single by Tony Simmons and the other when Marvin stole home on a double steal.
Gilbert (8-24) had the tying run at the plate in the seventh with two outs, but Matt Moore got Jeremiah Butler to ground out to third to end the game. Moore pitched a complete game, giving up just seven hits.
"He didn’t have his best stuff today. He just competed," Johnson said.
Gilbert grabbed an early lead in the contest, manufacturing two runs in the top of the third inning. Chris Reese knocked in the first run on a fielder’s choice groundout, and Alex Carrasco hit a sacrifice fly for the 2-0 advantage.
Chandler got a run back in the fourth on back-to-back doubles by Landis Ware and Kevin Hennessey and took the lead on Marvin’s heroics.
Gilbert was partly undone by bad base running. Two runners were picked off and another was thrown out by a wide margin trying to steal.
Simmons was the only Chandler player with more than one hit, going 2-for-3. Gilbert’s Kevin Walters had three hits and Carrasco was 2-for-2 with a double and an RBI.
Chandler will play the first game against Highland 4 p.m. today at Papago Park. The Hawks took three of four games between the teams during the regular season, but the Wolves are on a four-game winning streak.
"We just have to worry about scoring one more run than they do," Marvin said. "It’s up to the coaches to plan everything else out."