Published: March 25, 2014
Discovery Canyon 13, Shadow Mountain 7
At Phoenix: After several trips to Arizona, Discovery Canyon notched its first win in the Grand Canyon state.
A seven-run fifth inning broke a 5-5 tie and put the Thunder (1-3) on their path to victory.
Jacob Hein hit a three-run homer, Alec Heebner doubled, tripled and scored twice, and Jeremy Hidalgo went 5 1/3 innings for the victory.
"This is huge," Thunder coach Mike Barbato said. "This gives them confidence in working really hard and starting to turn things around."
The Thunder have been practicing at facilities provided by Grand Canyon University, and they've taken advantage of it.
"It's unbelievable the difference," Barbato said. "We're getting out, we're working. We don't have to work as long. With the weather, you can put in an hour and a half (of practice). It's real good; there's nothing to worry about."
The Thunder play a doubleheader on Wednesday.
Mountain Ridge (Ariz.) 11, Air Academy 1 (6 innings)
At Glendale, Ariz.: Playing in just its third game of the season, Air Academy (2-1) had a distinct disadvantage against Mountain Ridge in the Coach Bob National Invitational.
The result was a 10-run victory for the Mountain Lions (6-5-1), playing in their 11th game of the season on Tuesday.
"We've had such cold weather, it's hard to get out on a consistent basis to get some work in," said Air Academy coach Bernie Moncallo.
The Kadets committed five errors and were held to five hits."I think pitching is ahead and will always be ahead of hitters," Moncallo said. "I think it was evident here in our first game. We're OK (with pitching), we spend a lot of time indoors working on that stuff. But working on getting ground balls and getting swings in we just didn't look very good."
Gehrig Ensor was roughed up for seven runs (only two earned) in three innings of work. He also walked five betters and gave up seven hits. Christian Andreas went 1/3 of an inning, yielding four runs, all earned on four hits. Only Nick Scott survived unscathed on the hill, throwing two scoreless innings for the Kadets.Brian Singleton had a pair of hits and scored Air Academy's lone run.
The Kadets play two games Wednesday and another Thursday before heading home.
Palmer Ridge 16, McKay (Ore.) 6 (5 innings)
At Phoenix: A day after suffering its first loss, Palmer Ridge (3-1) bounced back in a big way.
The Bears pounded out 15 hits - scoring 13 runs over the first two innings - to beat McKay in a game that was called because of the 10-run rule in the Coach Bob National Invitational.
Billy Schulze went 3 for 3 with two runs scored, two runs batted in and a double, and both Jake Weems and Chad Werner drove in two RBIs each for the Bears.
Kurt Larson (three innings pitched) and Cassen Minarick (2 IP) each gave up three earned runs in the win.Palmer Ridge plays Goldwater on Wednesday and Mountain Ridge on Thursday.
St. Mary's 13, Clatskanie (Ore.) 2 (6 innings)
At Phoenix: St. Mary's blew out Clatskanie in the Pirates only official game of spring break.
Nathan Pierce and Ben Padrnos each drove in three runs, while Padrnos and Ben Brummel each went 3 for 4 to highlight the Pirates' lineup.
Ian Manzo allowed two unearned runs in 4 2/3 innings of work to notch the win for the Pirates, who will play a scrimmage Wednesday against a team from British Columbia.
"The main reason to come down here ... is to work on things," St. Mary's coach Bill Percy said. "Hopefully that translates to the game situations. It did somewhat today. I prefer to come down here and practice."
The Pirates had a practice that lasted more than three hours on Monday, and Percy liked what he saw from it.
"You can't imagine how good a three hour and 15 minute practice is and everything is clicking and the precision," Percy said. "The kids are into it and they're focused. We practiced better than we played."
The Pirates jumped on Clatskanie with a seven-run second inning. Then they scored in each of the last three to force the game to be called after six innings.
Tualatin (Ore.) 11, Palmer 1 (5 innings)
At Phoenix: Jacob Briggs drove in Palmer's only run of the game on the Terrors' only hit in a 10-run loss to Tualatin that was called after five innings in the Coach Bob National Invitational.
The Terrors committed five errors and starter Alexis Enriquez, who gave up six runs - all unearned - in three innings of work suffered the loss. Isaac Morse gave up five earned runs in 11/3 innings of relief.
Palmer plays Pinnacle on Wednesday and an opponent yet to be determined on Thursday.