Baseball: Mountain View over Foothills 7-1by Andy Morales on Apr. 10, 2013, under Sports
If you are trying to get a grasp on what is happening in baseball this season then join the club. Mountain View is 8-4 in seeding games with wins over Tucson High, Marana and Catalina Foothills combined with losses to Canyon del Oro, Tucson High and Marana.
With seven games left in the regular season, it’s difficult to say which Lions team will be on the field that day. But it’s not only Mountain View. It appears that almost every team will either split a series, win big one day and then lose the next.
Mountain View did just that with a loss to CDO last Friday coupled with a victory over Catalina Foothills on Wednesday. Likewise, Catalina Foothills (7-4) is making things interesting with power wins over Cienega, CDO, Sahuaro and Ironwood Ridge coupled with losses to CDO, Salpointe, Sahuaro and Mountain View.
The Falcons victory at Ironwood Ridge on Tuesday night went almost unnoticed but it created a logjam with Division II Southern Arizona teams in the rankings. Things may change a bit after they lost to D-I Mountain View on Wednesday but probably not too much judging on how the rest of the league is doing.
Graham Spraker went the distance for Mountain View and he held Catalina Foothills to only three hits in his 7-1 victory. Tyler Alev lasted three innings for the Falcons but only one of the four runs he gave up early was earned.
After a scoreless first inning, Austin Cooper led off the bottom of the second with a single to right and then Brandon Hyatt reached on an error to the outfield. Morgan Flores was walked to load the bases and then Sam Garcia reached on a hit-by-pitch to bring in Cooper.
Alev picked up a strikeout and then Buddy Balsino hit a sacrifice fly to bring in another run. The sac fly would have been the third out of the inning. The bottom of the third saw Josh McKinney reach on a single followed by another error to the outfield, allowing Cooper to reach safely and moving Balsino to second base.
Hyatt came up and delivered a two-run double and Alev was able to pick up three outs in a row from there. Mountain View gave up a run of their own in the top of the fourth on a couple of errors to allow Manny Lopez to score from second base.
Mountain View tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the fourth after Balsino led off with a single and the next three batters reached on a hit-by-pitch, giving McKinney an RBI in the process. Cooper brought in the second run of the inning on a sacrifice fly.
Garcia hit a monster double in the bottom of the fifth to score Flores to make the score 7-1. Foothills threatened in the top of the sixth after Luis Gonzalez reached on a hit to start the inning off and then Gonzalez proceeded to steal second base.
Gonzalez attempted to steal third base but he was thrown out by Hyatt in a contested call on the play. Lopez followed with a walk and Alev singled up the middle to put two on but Spraker struck out the next two batters to end the threat.
Gonzalez, Alev and Elliott Buchanan picked up hits for Foothills. Both Trevor Griffin and Dominic DeNiro saw action on the mound for Foothills.
Balsino went 2-3 with an RBI, Hyatt went 2-4 with a double and 2 RBIs, Garcia hit an RBI double, and Casey Camamo, McKinney and Cooper picked up hits.
Catalina Foothills host Ironwood Ridge next Monday and Mountain View visits CDO this Friday.
Cooper returned to his short stop position for Mountain View a couple of weeks ago and he now sports a face mask to protect himself from a fracture he suffered during practice back in early February.
Gonzalez is still hitting above .500 on the year and is currently in a battle with Devin Harrison (Ironwood Ridge) and Alex Verdugo (Sahuaro) for the batting crown in D-II from the south.