No longer No. 1. No longer unbeaten.
The Horizon Huskies went down for the first time this season, losing to No. 2, Phoenix Brophy, 10-5, Thursday in the championship game of the Cleats National Invitational Tournament.
It took 20 games before some other team figured out how to beat host Horizon (19-1). The Broncos (18-1) got the best of the Huskies with some timely hitting, taking advantage of the Huskies’ inability to throw strikes. Four Brophy hitters who were walked eventually scored and one of those came on a wild pitch.
Brophy, which had a huge comeback victory over Chaparral in the semifinals earlier in the day, didn’t have to have another miracle for this victory. The Broncos led 3-0 before Horizon even had a chance to send batters to the plate.
Matt Newman, who was walked by Horizon starter Jordan Mitchell, scored on a triple by Tony Strazzara. Josh Garcia was the next batter and he sent a Mitchell delivery over the left field fence for a home run.
Brophy led 5-0 after two innings when Beau Maggi scored on a wild pitch and Drew Maggi scored on a Newman double.
Horizon chipped into the led with single runs in the second and third innings, but Brophy scored two more times in the fourth. Drew Maggi and Newman drew one-out walks. They both scored on a double by Strazzara to make it 7-2 Broncos.
Again Horizon cut the lead with two runs in the bottom half of the inning and another in the fifth to narrow the margin to 7-5.
Brophy sealed the victory with three runs in the top of the seventh when Strazzara drove in two more runs with a single. He had four hits and five RBIs on the night.
Starter Kelly Coffman earned the victory for Brophy which went 5-0 in the tournament this week. Mitchell took the loss for the Huskies.
Horizon doesn’t have long to fret over its first defeat of the season. The Huskies meet the Broncos in league play twice next week.