Published: March 26, 2014
St. Mary's 7, Eagle Valley 5
At Eagle Valley: Despite missing five players because of spring break, St. Mary's (4-1) won a game that was much closer than it should've been, coach Ike Anderson said.
Alex Greenly had three goals, Drew Chesire had a pair and Dylan Tait had 13 saves to give the Pirates their third straight win and keep Eagle Valley (0-5) winless.
"The kids played down to them again," Anderson said. "We were up 4-1 at a point, then just let them get back in the game."
Down the stretch, the Pirates were on their heels in the defensive zone. Tait bailed them out.
"He was making some saves at the end he could've easily let go in and it would've changed the momentum," Anderson said.
The Pirates will hang out in Grand Junction for the next couple days, getting in practice and possibly a scrimmage. Meanwhile, Anderson said the group will also enjoy a trip to the famed hot springs in Glenwood Springs.
Air Academy 16, Lincoln (Ore.) 6
Highland (Calif.) 10, Air Academy 6
At Phoenix: Air Academy (3-2) split a pair of games in the Coach Bob National Invitational.
Noah McConnell went six innings and struck out four to get the win for the Kadets against Portland, Ore., school Lincoln.
His lineup backed him with 16 hits with McConnell getting a pair of those and driving in two runs. Tias Hecht tripled and drove in three for the Kadets, and teammate Ryan McCarthy went 3 for 5 with two doubles, an RBI and three runs scored.
Lincoln committed seven errors.
The Kadets blew a 6-0 lead after three and a half innings against California's Highland. McCarthy had another two hits, two doubles and two runs scored in the loss.
Grace Brethren (Calif.) 7, Discovery Canyon 4
At Phoenix: Discovery Canyon jumped out to a 4-1 lead after two innings, but the Thunder (1-4) failed to score another run as Grace Brethren answered with runs in their last four at-bats.
Cody Ahlgrimm threw a complete game in the loss, surrendering just two earned runs (seven total), while striking out eight over six innings.
The Thunder had four batters drive in runs, but committed six errors behind Ahlgrimm.
Palmer Ridge 6, Goldwater (Ariz.) 5
At Phoenix: Jake Grubesic drove in two runs and Carter Thorne drove in another two before Thorne earned the save for Grubesic in Palmer Ridge's win over Goldwater.
Thorne made it interesting, surrendering two runs - one earned - in the bottom of the seventh, before nailing the door shut.
Grubesic went six innings, giving up three runs - two earned. He struck out four while holding Goldwater to three hits.
Cole Hurford doubled, drove in a run and scored, and Jake Weems singled, walked and drove in a run.
Thorne finished 3 for 4 at the plate.
Shadow Mountain 12, Widefield 2 (5 innings)
At Phoenix: Widefield (3-4) scored two runs in the first, but was then shut down the rest of the game, which was called after five innings because of the 10-run rule.
After Steven Villafan led off with a triple, Jacob Volcic homered to drive in both of the Gladiators' runs.
Isaiah Volcic took the loss after giving up seven runs - five earned - in 3 1/3 innings of work.
The Gladiators play Thunderbird (Ariz.) on Friday.
Rampart 11, Flowing Wells (Ariz.) 10
At Arizona: Rampart (1-3) got its first win of the season in dramatic fashion, scoring two runs in the bottom of the sixth to rally against Flowing Wells (0-12).
Stats were not reported when this edition went to press.