May 15, 2005
Like their season, Saturday’s 2A state championship baseball game was anything but perfect.
Playing less than ideal baseball, Scottsdale Christian Academy was still able to win its second straight title with an 8-4 victory over Thatcher at Maryvale Baseball Park.
The Eagles, the state runner-up in 2003, could get away with committing five errors in the game because Will Munsil was pitching. The senior won his second straight title game and 30th game of his Scottsdale Christian career.
Munsil (7-3) gave up just four hits and four unearned runs while striking out six to get the complete-game victory.
"I was very comfortable,’’ Munsil said. "I knew from the start that if I just pitched my game we would win. We didn’t play real beautiful, but we won and that’s all that matters.’’
From the very beginning of the season the Eagles (19-7) were considered one of the top teams in 2A considering they had several players returning from their 2004 state title team. But the season didn’t get started as planned. Poor pitching and defense, Munsil, said, made for some uneasy times during the year.
"But we played when it counts,’’ Munsil said.
The game plan for Munsil was to pitch the Thatcher batters inside. It worked perfectly as many of the Thatcher hitters were jammed and hit weak pop-ups to the Scottsdale Christian infield.
With the score tied at 3-3, Scottsdale Christian scored twice in the bottom of the fifth inning while getting just one hit. The Eagles got a lot of help that inning as Thatcher pitchers Shane Dunn and Travis Householder hit three SCA batters.
In the sixth inning, Munsil hit Lamar Innes with a pitch and Innes eventually scored on an error by shortstop Eric King.
"We kept those guys in the game,’’ Scottsdale Christian coach Bill Swift said. "They are a pesky little team. They were here for a reason.’’
It is the second time in the last four years Thatcher has lost in the championship game.
The Eagles scored three more times in the bottom of the sixth inning to break the game open. Designated hitter Brad Qualley (three RBIs) singled home Seth Rutt and King.