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Posted: Tuesday, May 5, 2009 11:48 pm | Updated: 2:18 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

Momentum was a frustrating pendulum for the Mesa Red Mountain boys baseball team Tuesday night. Each time it swung toward them, it inevitably swung away.

Scottsdale Desert Mountain’s offense answered every rally with runs of its own as the Wolves went on to the 14-7 win in the second round of the 5A-I state tournament at Tempe Diablo Stadium.

Momentum was a frustrating pendulum for the Mesa Red Mountain boys baseball team Tuesday night.

Each time it swung toward them, it inevitably swung away.

Scottsdale Desert Mountain’s offense answered every rally with runs of its own as the Wolves went on to the 14-7 win in the second round of the 5A-I state tournament at Tempe Diablo Stadium.

Top-seeded Desert Mountain stays in the winner’s bracket and will take on Tempe Corona del Sol on Saturday. Ninth-seeded Red Mountain drops to the losers bracket, where it will face off with Phoenix Desert Vista on Thursday in a win-or-go-home scenario.

Red Mountain had a 3-1 lead in the top of the second inning, but Desert Mountain answered with four in the bottom half and at least one in every subsequent inning.

“We couldn’t stop them,” Red Mountain coach Jason Grantham said.

Taylor Lindsey reached base five times for Desert Mountain, on a double, triple, two intentional walks and an error. He scored four runs.

Despite the offensive onslaught by the Wolves, the Mountain Lions had a chance late.

Desert Mountain threatened to blow the game open after already scoring three in the fourth inning. The bases were loaded with two outs, and there was a 3-1 count on Michael Janikis with Lindsey on deck.

Red Mountain reliever David Ranes got the job done, striking out Janikis to keep it a six-run deficit.

Cole Gleason gave the Mountain Lions life with his 13th home run of the season in the fifth, a mammoth shot to left field that cleared the outfield berm and went into the bushes. That cut the deficit to 9-6, but the Wolves pushed across a run in the bottom of the frame to take a four-run lead.

Desert Mountain batted around three times in the contest. Lance Harper went 4-for-4 with four RBIs, coming a home run short of the cycle.

Gleason was 3-for-4 with three RBIs and came within a double of the cycle for Red Mountain.

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