May 11, 2005
Horizon pitcher Tim Alderson had a 35-inning scoreless streak snapped two weeks ago on a walk-off home run by Phoenix Brophy’s Chris Highmark.
The Huskies 6-foot-6, 195-pound sophomore has displayed his resiliency ever since by throwing a pair of shutouts, the latest a 2-0 win Tuesday afternoon over host and East Valley Region champion Mountain View in the second round of the 5A state baseball tournament.
Horizon (25-9) advances to today’s quarterfinals and will face Mesquite, a 3-2 winner over Peoria Sunrise Mountain, at 7 p.m at Maryvale Ball Park. Mountain View finished its season 28-5, the most wins ever by a Mesa district high school in a season.
‘‘(Alderson) was outstanding,’’ Mountain View coach Mike Thiel said. ‘‘Someday he’s going to get paid (to pitch). We haven’t been shut down very often this season. He did that today.’’
Alderson (6-1) allowed three hits and did not allow a runner past second the entire afternoon. He did not walk a batter and struck out seven. His new streak of scoreless innings is now 12 and he has given up only one earned run in 47 innings (a 0.15 ERA).
Alderson also helped his cause at the plate with two hits in three at-bats, including an RBI single to left in the second that put the Huskies in front 1-0.
‘‘He’s the real deal,’’ Horizon coach Eric Kibler said. ‘‘We needed a good pitching performance because their pitchers are very good, too. We’ve had to overcome some adversity in losing some tough, emotional games with Brophy. I’m real happy the way our kids have battled back. We got great pitching and great defense today, especially from (shortstop) Matt Hall.’’
Hall had five ground balls hit his way and fielded each one flawlessly. Two of them may have taken hits away from the Toros as he displayed outstanding range and a strong arm.
‘‘He made some nice plays to go along with the pitching they got,’’ Thiel said. ‘‘I was proud of our kids. They battled, and had a lot of good at-bats.’’
Horizon got a leadoff hit by cleanup hitter Jeff Urlaub in the fourth and a leadoff walk from Tucker Rubino in the fifth to set up the two runs it scored.
Perfectly executed bunts by Chris Lewis and Jay Green, respectively, moved those runners into scoring position. Alderson delivered Urlaub in the fourth and a fielder’s choice grounder scored Rubino in the fifth.
Horizon got both runs off Mountain View starter Jake Borup (8-1), who allowed six hits and one walk in 4 1 /3 innings. All of the hits Borup allowed were singles.