Going against the grain suited Mountain Pointe just fine.
The Pride won a very well played baseball game 4-0 Tuesday afternoon against Hamilton on a perfectly timed squeezed bunt.
“It probably went against every baseball book – bases loaded, lefty batting, but we had not had back-to-back hits all game,” Pride coach Brandon Buck said. “We had to do something. I knew as soon as they loaded the bases that was what we were going to do.”
After Jorge Carrazco walked to start the inning, Cole Tucker doubled to right field to set up runners on second and third with one out. Hamilton coach Mike Woods decided to intentionally walk Brantley Bell to bring up Jake Alexander, who had Mountain Pointe’s only hit through five innings against Hamilton starter Kent Hasler.
Alexander executed the play perfectly as pinch runner Arthur Trevino broke from third and after the throw to home got away, Tucker scored from second.
“I had it in the back of my mind I was going to score if I could,” Tucker said. “When the opportunity came I took advantage of it.”
Bryce Redaja followed with a double to score Bell and Alexander.
“It was a great game,” Buck said. “Hamilton is always a big game and it’s a great program. Our players get up for it and they are a tough team to play. We tell them all the time they don’t have to do anything exceptional. If they just make the routine plays and play the game right you can beat anyone.”
It helps, too, to have senior left-hander Zach Cordova on the mound as he improved to 5-0. Against Hamilton, he didn’t allow a hit until the fifth inning when Connor Woods beat out an infield single.
Cordova was relieved after a couple of runners reached in the seventh inning as Carrazco picked up the save to improve the Pride to 7-1 and Hamilton dropped to 6-2.
“It was a big win,” Tucker said. “We know how good Hamilton is so it was a chance to let them know we are going to be here all year.”
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