For five and a half innings Mountain Pointe was able to hold Desert Vista in check, but the Thunder wouldn’t roll over so easily.
Desert Vista would make a late push in the bottom of the sixth inning but the Pride would hold on to win 4-3 in a Division I baseball game Tuesday at Desert Vista.
“This is a rivalry game and, it doesn’t matter, no team is going to lay down. Everybody is going to play until that last out is made.” Mountain Pointe coach Brandon Buck said. “It was just a playoff-type atmosphere.”
The Pride (8-2) bats got it going early.
After senior outfielder Ernie de la Trinidad led off the game with a single, senior shortstop Cole Tucker hit a two-run shot to right centerfield to give Mountain Pointe a 2-0 lead.
Then, in the third inning, senior first baseman Taylor Martin would hit a solo shot over the right field wall to push the Pride’s lead to 3-0. The Pride would tack on another run in the top of the first to push their lead to 4-0.
While Mountain Pointe’s offense was humming, senior pitcher Jorge Carrazco was dealing.
Carrazco gave up only three hits and no runs in 5 and 1/3 innings of work.
“At first they kind of got to me a little bit, but after that I kind of just settled in, found my rhythm and let my defense do the work for me,” Carrazco said. “I was spotting up low. With a good hitting team like this that is what you’ve got to do. If you leave it up, they’re going to hit you. I was trying to hit my spots and let my defense do the work for me and it was working out.”
Buck liked what he saw from his right-hander.
“He’s just a bulldog on the mound,” added Buck. “It’s so enjoyable to have a guy like that on your team…It makes it fun to be a part of it.”
It was after Carrazco came out that the Thunder (8-4) would make their move.
In the bottom of the sixth with the bases loaded, Desert Vista junior Chris Gallagher would hit a hard double off Mountain Pointe senior pitcher Ryan Sheehan to right-centerfield to clear the bases and close the gap to 4-3.
After Gallagher’s hit, Buck brought in senior pitcher Peyton Holm to get the final outs and secure the win.
Despite the late push; Mountain Pointe coach Brandon Buck insists he wasn’t nervous.
“It gets exciting but nervous? No.” Buck said. “It’s so much fun to watch guys go out and compete and perform at this level. For Peyton Holm to come in and throw the way he did in a situation after they scored three runs and the leadoff guy getting on, it’s just fun to see guys competing out there.”
Smith is a senior journalism major at Arizona State.