In a game that wasn't decided until the second out of the top of the first inning, the Mountain Pointe baseball team run-ruled Basha 21-9 in five innings Wednesday.

In the top of the first inning there were seven hits, six walks, 11 runs, and Congress passed a bill.

Mountain Pointe (8-3) exploded for 11 runs in the first inning, which was aided by six walks. Basha starter Brandon Lambert went for 1/3 of an inning, walking five and giving up seven runs on two hits.

Basha (8-4) did not go away. The Bears cut the lead to 12-7 after three innings, but the Pride immediately put up six runs in the top of the fourth to squash any hopes of a comeback. It's tough to win when the pitching isn't there, but Basha coach Jim Schilling was proud of the way his team played.

"We fought like hell," Schilling said. "My kids don't give up."

Mountain Pointe starter Jordan Kipper was roughed up for seven runs in three innings, but the hitting of Kevin Cron, Joey Curletta, Scott Kingery, and Quinn Tucker was more than enough for the Pride.

Cron finished 3 for 3 with two walks, a home run, and three RBIs. Tucker had four hits and Kingery added five RBIs.

In what has become a recurring theme this year, teams have walked Cron only to regret the decision after Curletta gets crucial hits.

"Every time they have intentionally walked Kevin, Joey has either had a base hit or a home run this year," Mountain Pointe coach Brandon Buck said.

Curletta added two RBIs on two hits and two walks. Cron and Curletta have become quite a tandem this year and Cron loves having protection behind him.

"It's good to have someone like that behind me," Cron said. "When you have all these teams working around you, it's nice to have someone heating up like Joey. With the way he's hitting, they're going to have to pitch to me more and more."

While Cron showed some power with a deep fly to left field, Basha's Zach Williams did, too, with a home run and five RBIs on the day.

"Basha can flat out swing it and they showed it," Buck said.

If there was a negative for Mountain Pointe it was letting Basha creep back into the game.

"That's been a big struggle for us," Cron said. "We seem to sometimes fall a little bit and not keep the intensity up."

The Pride offense more than made up for any pitching or defensive lapses after Basha began to claw back into the game.

"We had some huge at bats," Buck said. "They walk Cron and then Joey comes up with a big hit."

Lack of intensity or not, a run-rule was more than adequate a result for Mountain Pointe.

"We're playing great baseball," Cron said. "Nothing more you can ask for than to put up 21 runs."

Kemp is a freshman journalism major at Arizona State.

 

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