Corona del Sol baseball coach Dave Webb said earlier this week his team had some pleasant surprises in its bid to retool for 2010. One of them is infielder Kyle Jorgensen.
Jorgensen slapped a two-out RBI single in the top of the seventh inning Wednesday to cap a two-run rally and send the Aztecs to a 4-3 victory over Skyline at the Mesquite-Gilbert Invitational at Mesquite High School.
Jorgensen, a sophomore, was looking at a hitless day at the plate until he came to bat against Skyline starter Trey Lang and ripped a hit between short and third that scored Aaron Siple from third and made a winner of Aztecs left-hander Greg Ryan.
Ryan pretty much matched Lang pitch for pitch as both tossed complete games and allowed eight hits.
"He (Jorgensen) has done very well for us," Webb said. "He's given us some power, and helped our play in the infield. He's had some big hits."
Jorgensen is hitting .576 with five home runs and 18 RBIs through 10 games.
Corona del Sol's victory Wednesday improved the defending 5A-I champs record to 7-5 and they are 3-1 in the tournament.
Ending a lengthy tournament losing streak: Red Mountain might think about pulling out of the Mesquite-Gilbert Tournament for next year the way things have gone the last two years at this tournament.
Coach Jason Grantham's team was 0-5 at the tourney last year, played at Mesquite and Skyline high schools. The Mountain Lions were 0-3 after the first three games this year, yielding 36 runs in three games entering Wednesday's game against Mountain View.
Senior left-hander Justin Hunsaker ended that streak Wednesday by tossing a one-hitter at Mountain View, where he allowed a third-inning double by Korbin Walton. Red Mountain prevailed, 4-0, as Hunsaker outdueled Mountain View sophomore Willie Ethington. Both pitchers struck out nine in going the distance, but Hunsaker improves to 3-0 with 23 strikeouts in 21 2/3 innings.
The big blow was a two-run homer in the sixth inning by Red Mountain catcher Ryne Dean that put the Mountain Lions up 3-0.