Williams Field notched its first victory as a varsity program with its 4-2 win over host McClintock in the McClintock Classic. JD Layton knocked in the two go-ahead runs with a single in the seventh inning.
Dylon Koch pitched the final two innings and struck out two batters to earn the win. Adam Frank started the game and struck out five in five innings pitched.
Eric Urry pitched a complete game for the Chargers and also went 2-for-3 at the plate.…
Defending 5A Division I state champion Hamilton cranked out 13 hits and played flawless defense in run-ruling Tucson Salpointe 15-5 on the first day of the Phoenix Desert Vista Tournament at Desert Vista High School.
Every spot in the Hamilton lineup had at least one hit except the pitcher’s slot (No. 5). Hamilton scored at least one run in every inning it hit in (six). The Huskies closed the game with five runs in the bottom of the sixth on a two-run homer by No. 7 hitter Aaron Hardenburg and a three-run shot by leadoff hitter Justin Rosales, who led the team with three hits.
Tim Fowler, No. 8 hitter Connor Harris and Aaron Hardenburg had two hits each.
Senior Tyler Kem got the season-opening start for Hamilton and was the winning pitcher.
Jason Grantham’s debut as Red Mountain baseball coach couldn’t have gone much better. Part of the reason it was a success was the debut as a varsity pitcher of sophomore Cole Gleason.
Gleason surrendered one run in five innings and helped himself out at the plate with a pair of solo homers as Red Mountain topped Mesa Mountain View 7-2 in the first round of the Phoenix Desert Vista Tournament.
Grantham, a longtime assistant, took over this season for the retired Henry Faccio.
Gleason gave up a run on three hits in the first inning, but just three hits and no runs over the next four frames.
Red Mountain answered the early 1-0 deficit with three runs of its own in the first. An RBI single by senior Derek Mendoza, who added a two-run homer in his next at-bat, a fielding error and a basesloaded walk to Tyler Grant put the Lions up 3-1.
Red Mountain did the bulk of its damage against Mountain View sophomore left-hander Hayden Rogers, one of nine new starters for the Toros. The entire Mountain View starting lineup in 2008 were seniors.
Mendoza, a starter for Red Mountain for the third straight season, homered in the second inning to increase the lead to 5-1 and Gleason followed with the first of his two solos — a long blast well over the left field fence. Gleason added his second homer of the game in the fourth off Mountain View junior John Boehme, who allowed just one run and two hits in three innings.
Mountain View equaled Red Mountain’s hit total of eight, with Anthony Reda, Gus Monteverde and Connor Knoles rapping out two hits apiece.
Hamilton shut out Marcos de Niza 3-0 in the Dobson-Marcos de Niza Invitational at Marcos de Niza in Tempe.
Megan Rossing threw a complete game for the Huskies, facing the minimum 21 batters. Rossing struck out 11, walked none and allowed just one hit to earn her second win of the season. The only batter to reach base came in the first inning, when Adriana Tirado got a base hit. Tirado then got caught trying to steal second to wipe the bases clear.
Brittany Gant went 2-for-2 for Hamilton with a double and two RBIs. Courtney Harris also went 2-for-2 with a double and triple.
Mesa defeated Marcos de Niza 2-1 in its second game of the day in the Dobson-Marcos de Niza Invitational. Chelsea Turley pitched five innings, striking out six batters and giving up one walk to earn the win . Turley also knocked in the winning run in the fourth inning with a triple.
Flora Barrentos knocked in the other run for Mesa with her first career home run in the first inning.