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Posted: Saturday, March 3, 2012 5:20 pm | Updated: 3:15 pm, Sat Dec 22, 2012.

The Mountain Pointe baseball team needed this one.

It was only the final game of a preseason tournament, but a difficult first week of the season for the defending state champions needed a positive ending.

The Pride got it in the form of an 8-2 win over Horizon at home on Saturday as the bats came together to even their record at 2-2-1.

“It was a good win and I am proud of the way we played,” Mountain Pointe coach Brandon Buck said. “The bats came together for a couple of big innings and we needed that.”

Horizon (4-3) didn’t play its regular lineup to get an idea of what kind of depth the Huskies have before the power point games begin this week.

“We made some bad some mental mistakes today,” longtime coach Eric Kibler said. “I played some other kids but give the credit to (Mountain Pointe). We wanted to find out some things going into power point games.”

Horizon took a 2-1 lead in the fourth inning on a RBI groundout, but Mountain Pointe tied it on Michael Wagner’s RBI single and Joey Curletta hit a two-run double to close out the scoring in the four-run inning.

“They left a high and inside fastball and I was able to turn on it,” said Curletta, who pitched the first three innings.

Buck went to ace Kyle Detwiler, who pitched in his fourth game of the year, after grabbing the lead and the right-hander shutout the Huskies for the final three innings for his first win of the year.

“It’s always good to get a win,” said Detwiler, who saved the team’s other win on the season. “We haven’t played very good lately, but we turned it on a little bit and we are playing like a team now.”

The Pride added on in the sixth when the middle of the lineup got in a groove as Sam Kingery doubled home a run, and advanced to third when an outfielder dropped the ball before hitting the cutoff man. Brantley Bell finished off the rally with a RBI double.

“I’m proud of the boys offensively and to see them swing it like that,” Buck said.

Contact writer: (480) 898-7915 or jskoda@ahwatukee.com. Follow him on Twitter @JSkodaAFN.

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