Athlete of the week: Matt Helm - The Chandler Hamilton senior batted a sizzling .857 in the first tournament of the season (five games in the Desert Vista Invitational). Helm was 12-for-14 with two home runs, 8 RBIs and a slugging percentage of 1.700.
Helm also earned a victory pitching in the tournament. On Tuesday, Helm continued his hot hitting, going 2-for-3 with a double and earning his second win of the season as the Huskies topped Mountain Pointe, 10-1.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
The Arizona Interscholastic Association’s Legislative Council will vote Friday on putting a time limit of one hour and 45 minutes on junior varsity and freshmen baseball games. If the measure passes, the time limit would take effect next season.
The proposed rule would prevent innings from starting after the 1:45 mark had been reached. At that point, the game would be considered a regulation game and the team with the lead would be the winner.
If the game reaches the 1:45 time limit and the score is tied, it would be considered a tie.
Among the reasons for the proposal are added fees for bus drivers who have to wait for the game to end, parents’ schedules, and late arrivals back home which might cut into students’ homework and sleep time.
Scottsdale Chaparral may have won the 4A-I Desert Sky Region last year, but it was Tempe McClintock with the last laugh when it beat the Firebirds in the state semifinals and eventually took home the state title. This year, though, Chaparral looks like it will regain its familiar post of region elite. Chaparral is 5-1 on the young season and ranked No. 2 in the state, while McClintock is 4-5. This was to be expected, as the Firebirds returned most of last year’s squad and the Chargers had to deal with replacing standouts Jimmy Patterson and Xorge Carrillo.
The Pima Region, one of six in 5A-II, is going to be strong. Mesa Desert Ridge is unbeaten at 9-0 heading into play today. Phoenix Pinnacle, which competed in the 4A-I Desert Sky last season, is 5-1. Last year’s 5A-I champ, Scottsdale Horizon, is 5-3 and has won five straight games. Last year’s 5A-II champ, Tempe Marcos de Niza, is 4-3 and Mesa Skyline tries to even its record at 3-3 today.
Top-ranked Chaparral hosts No. 2 Tucson Catalina Foothills today at 4 p.m. It is the lone regular season meeting between the squads, but they have the talent to meet again late in the state tournament. Other regular season games of note today are Horizon at Chandler, Phoenix Brophy at Tempe Corona del Sol, Chandler Basha at Desert Ridge and Hamilton at Peoria Sunrise Mountain. McClintock and Scottsdale Saguaro co-host a spring break tournament beginning Saturday that runs through March 14. Corona del Sol, Marcos de Niza, McClintock, Phoenix Mountain Pointe, Saguaro, Scottsdale Notre Dame, Phoenix Arcadia and Queen Creek are the local schools competing among the 13-team field. Notre Dame and Arcadia will host games along with McClintock and Saguaro.