Pride Keep Lead For Central Region Championship

posted Apr 19, 2017, 6:02 AM by Pride Baseball   [ updated Apr 19, 2017, 6:39 AM ]
APR 13 2017

Mountain Pointe 4 - Corona Del Sol 7

WP: Sotelo

LP: Bookman (3-3)

S: Novis

 

APR 18 2017

Corona Del Sol 3 - Mountain Pointe 6

WP: Polich (5-2)

LP: Bracy

S: Aslamy (2)

 

The Pride and the Aztecs split their 2 game series, with each team holding serve at home. 

On Friday April 13th Mountain Pointe traveled to Corona Del Sol, and lost 7-4.

Alex Bookman pitched tough in the Loss. Bookman (3-3) would bend early, but not break, taking his team out to a 3-2 lead through 3 Innings. But in the 4th, two errors by the Pride defense lead to a 4 run inning and chased Bookman from the game in position to take the Loss. Senior Tristan Flores threw the last 2-1/3 Inn to keep his club in the game, but the Pride were not able to overcome their 4th Inning miscues. 

Juniors Jacob McKeon and Jonny Weaver had Multi-hit days in the loss, and teammate Alex Bookman singled in a Run early and later scored another after getting hit by a pitch in the 6th. The Pride would rally late, getting the tying runs on base in the 6th inning - but a flyout would leave the bases loaded and put the Pride down 0-1 in the series. 

On Tuesday April 18th the teams would square off in a rematch at Mountain Pointe.

Senior Lefty Cameron Polich toed the rubber for the Pride, and turned in his 3rd consecutive Quality Start. Polich (5-2) pitched to contact early and often, and a clean day for the Pride Defense was the key in this matchup. Polich retired 10 of the first 12 Aztec hitters he faced, and would leave the game after 5 Inn of work with a 5-3 Lead. Sophomore Southpaw Ryan Aslamy entered for Polich and recorded 6 outs facing just 7 hitters to earn the 2 Inn Save, his 2nd of the Season. 

The Pride offense would clobber 4 doubles the first time through the batting order, as Krol and Diaz each leadoff a frame with a Double and Run scored, and Wunnenberg and Bookman would each Double home a run. Josh Wunnenberg then added to his team RBI and HR lead with a 3-Run HR (7) to extend the lead to 5-0 after 2 Inn. The Aztecs would fight back, getting 3 Runs in the 5th - but a late Jonny Weaver RBI Single put the momentum back in the Home Dugout and helped the Pride claim a 6-3 Victory. 

With only 3 games remaining in the regular season, Mountain Pointe will play back to back days against Desert Vista High School this Thursday and Friday before concluding the regular season next Monday against Pinnacle.