Mountain Pointe baseball coach Roger LeBlanc has gradually gotten senior lefthander Matt Raab some work and had him climb the ladder in terms of competition.
Raab’s last outing came Monday against Canyon del Oro, likely the best team from Tucson. Raab tamed the Dorados, 4-2, with a complete game, 13-strikeout performance. Raab is a 6-foot-2, 210-pound lefthander, who transferred in from Oregon.
‘‘We were working with him on mechanics," LeBlanc said. ‘‘We thought he was ready to step up some, and we had a non-region game with CDO. We thought it was the perfect time to see what he could do.’’
Bad luck for Fiesta: For the second straight year the 5A state bracket is a tough draw for the Fiesta Region.
Only four of the eight region champs get a firstround bye (by blind draw). This year byes go to the Southern, Desert Valley, East Valley and Northwest regions.
The Fiesta Region’s No. 3 seed has the unenviable task of facing the Desert Valley Region’s No. 2 team in the first round. That could be Horizon, Desert Mountain or Phoenix Brophy. The winner of that game moves on to face a rested Southern Region No. 1 seed.
Coaches bowing out: Two longtime coaches are retiring at the end of the school year. Their final days of coaching are likely Friday and Saturday at the East Valley Region individual tournament.
Dave Davis, boys coach at Mesa High, and Don Thompson, boys coach at Westwood, will bow out after two decades of coaching each. Davis has also coached cross country at Mesa High.
Athletic directors honored:
Mesa High’s Mike Anderson, Corona del Sol’s Dan Nero and Hamilton’s John Wrenn were selected athletic directors of the year for the East Valley, Central and Fiesta regions, respectively, on Tuesday. Nero was also accorded 5A athletic director of the year among the eight regions of 5A.