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Baseball: Queen Creek 15, Poston Butte 6

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Posted: Wednesday, March 5, 2014 11:03 am

Jake Schlosser's third-inning grand slam highlighted Queen Creek baseball's 15-6 victory over Poston Butte on Tuesday.

The last grand slam for Queen Creek was in the 2011 season when Kyle Wallace hit one in a win against Apache Junction at home. Schlosser also had a single in the game and had a total of five RBI to lead the team.

''I was out in front on two pitches before that so my plan was just to wait back and that's what happened," said Schlosser of the grand slam at-bat. "I definitely didn't know it was going out. I've had a good mindset and a lot of confidence (at the plate). I just want to do anything I can to help the team win and [bring in] RBIs."

The Bulldogs had a season-high 17 hits and their first four batters combined for 11 of those 17. Leadoff batter Marcus Still was 3-for-5 with two doubles, one triple, two stolen bases and one RBI. Josh Andrews had two hits with a triple, stolen base and three RBI. Ryan Kottcamp hit two singles and a double with two stolen bases and two RBI, while Kody Funderburke had three hits and two RBI for QC.

Poston Butte jumped on the scoreboard early with three runs on five hits in the first and second to grab a quick 3-0 lead. However, Queen Creek quickly responded with back-to-back five-run innings in the bottom of the second and third to take a 10-3 lead.

In the second, Queen Creek scored all of its runs with two outs. Austin Nichols scored the team's first run after Schlosser took an outside pitch to right field for his first hit of the night. Still and Andrews followed with a triple each and then Kottcamp and Funderburke hit back-to-back singles to bring in two more runs for the Bulldogs.

In the bottom of the third, Bryce Dobbs walked to start the inning and then Nichols and Tanner Bradford followed with singles to load the bases for Schlosser. With the count full, Schlosser ripped the ball over the left field fence for his first career grand slam. QC added one more run in the inning to increase the Bulldog lead to 10-3.

Poston scored three runs in the fourth, but that's all they would get as Queen Creek responded with a three-run fifth inning and a two-run sixth to take the 15-6 win.

Chase Beal earned his second win of the season after pitching almost five full innings and giving up six runs on six hits in the game. Funderburke came in relief and held the Broncos to no runs on one hit.

Queen Creek will play at home again on Friday as it faces San Luis at 3:45 p.m.

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