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Posted: Wednesday, March 30, 2011 9:01 pm

The Mountain Pointe baseball team has an offense that is unrelenting.

Sure there might be an inning or three where the Pride hitters don't manage to push across a run or six, but it's gonna happen.

Make no mistake, especially if you are standing in the center of the diamond, they are going to bunch together plenty of hits.

Desert Vista was the latest to find out as Mountain Pointe, held in check the first three innings, went ballistic with the bats over the final four innings Wednesday in a 16-8 at Desert Vista.

"I left some pitches up and you can't do that against that lineup," Thunder starter Hunter Rodriguez said. "They don't let too many bad pitches go unpunished."

The Thunder built a 4-0 lead after three innings, but the Pride (13-4) got started with a three-home run by catcher Tony Balderrama and it was tied by the end of the fourth.

Then Kevin Cron and Joey Curletta went back-to-back in the fifth for the 13th and ninth home runs of the season.

"All we need is a little opening and we are going break through it," said Balderrama, who had five RBIs. "I'm glad I was the one to provide the spark. Hunter is a great pitcher and he kept us off balance, but we wear pitchers down."

Another offensive player was Quinn Tucker, who had several key two-out RBIs.

"He is really coming on," Mountain Pointe coach Brandon Buck said. "He is a senior that is having great year, getting a lot of clutch hits for us."

The Thunder (8-11) didn't go quietly as Desert Vista closed within 10-7 after six innings, but some defensive lapses led to Mountain Pointe, which has 45 home runs as a team, putting it away with a six-run seventh including a three-run home run by Scott Kingery.

"I was disappointed that we didn't show a little bit more fight," Desert Vista coach Stan Luketich said. "We didn't pitch very well and had too many errors. They have too good of an offense to let that happen."



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