Chris Caves’ first RBI Tuesday afternoon came on a bloop single to left field. But his final RBI of the day in the eighth inning was huge in more ways than one.
Caves launched a first-pitch home run to lead off the eighth, a 380-foot-plus blast that gave visiting Red Mountain a 3-2 win over Dobson, keeping the Mountain Lions’ playoff hopes alive in the 5A East Valley Region.
Caves entered the game batting .459 and added three hits to his season total. His homer made a winner of starter Travis Johnson (2-3), who gave up two first-inning runs but settled in for perhaps his best outing of the season.
Johnson allowed four hits in going the distance. He balked in a run in the first inning and gave up a solo homer to the Mustangs’ Jason Sherrer.
Red Mountain (11-15, 4-10) is battling Skyline for the final playoff berth in the East Valley. The Mountain Lions are now tied with the Coyotes, who lost to Westwood on Tuesday, for the fifth and final playoff spot.
Red Mountain plays Mountain View on Thursday and Skyline plays Mesa in their final regular season games. Jacob Barbosa (3-6) tossed a complete game for Dobson (11-17, 6-8), allowing eight hits and striking out six.
MCCLINTOCK 12, GLENDALE 0: Brandon Nohren was 2-for-3 with three RBIs and Louis Rivera went 2-for-3 with two RBIs as the host Chargers (21-7, 7-2) dominated the Cardinals in five innings of a 4A Skyline Region contest. Rivera pitched four innings, allowing one hit and one walk and striking out four batters.
McClintock’s Rich McKinley was 2-for-3 with a double and Eric Jimenez (2-for-3) added an RBI.
WESTWOOD 7, SKYLINE 1: Josh Vander Kamp struck out 10 and allowed just one run for the visiting Warriors (14-13, 10-4) as they crushed the Coyotes (11-7, 4-10) in a 5A East Valley Region game. Westwood’s Justin Sigler had three RBIs and Joey Eichten added an RBI in the victory.
SAGUARO 10, APACHE JUNCTION 6: The host Prospectors (11-14, 1-8) fell to the Sabercats in a 4A East Sky Region game. Ricky Riggs had a two-run double for the Prospectors.
QUEEN CREEK 9, WILLCOX 4: Chad McRae struck out 11 and allowed only three hits and two walks as the visiting Bulldogs (14-12, 7-8) ousted the Cowboys in 3A South Region play. Hayden Moss went 3-for-3 with a home run and Tommy San Filippo was 3-for-4. Dustin Brown was 2-for-3 with an RBI for Willcox.
SETON 15, SAFFORD 4: Sean Reilly went 2-for-4 with a home run and six RBIs for the host Sentinels (17-10, 9-5) in a 3A South Region win over the Bulldogs.
Pat McCarville was 2-for-3 with three RBIs for Seton and teammate Aaron Farabaugh hit 2-for-3 with two doubles and three RBIs.
SCOTTSDALE CHRISTIAN 15, VALLEY CHRISTIAN 10: Jeremiah Winship was 4-for-5 with a double, triple and three RBIs as the visiting Eagles (17-6, 11-2) defeated the Trojans (4-8) in a 2A Metro Region game.
Teammate Bryan Spencer went 2-for-3 with two RBIs. Stephen Zehring batted 2-for-4 with three RBIs for Valley Christian.
HIGLEY 9, CAMP VERDE 1: Jake De La Cerda was 4-for-4 with two RBIs for the visiting Knights (17-6, 10-3) as they defeated the Cowboys.
Higley catcher Billy Darland contributed two doubles in the victory.
CHANDLER 4, GILBERT 3: Sal Cicalese drove home Chris Marvin in the ninth inning to win the game for the host Wolves (19-11, 3-6) in a 5A Fiesta Region contest.
Pitcher Dustin Brown went the distance with nine strikeouts for the Wolves. Erick Hibbard led the Tigers with two hits and two runs.
MOUNTAIN POINTE 5, CORONA DEL SOL 1: Chad Whittle pitched a complete game and struck out nine to help the visiting Pride (16-13, 7-5) defeat the Aztecs (12-16, 3-8) in a 5A Central Region game.
Vic Cegles went 3-for-4 with an RBI and Jack Pattengale was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored. Corona’s Mike Pollak (2-for-3) had a double and Ben Rodriguez was 2-for-3.
CHAPARRAL 16, TEMPE 2: The host Firebirds (26-3, 9-0) had little trouble with the struggling Buffaloes in a 4A East Sky Region game. Pitcher Ike Davis went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI to lead the Firebirds, who collected 12 hits.
YUMA KOFA 14, HIGHLAND 10: The visiting Kings beat the Hawks (15-14, 7-7) in a 5A Fiesta Region game.
The two teams combined for 22 hits.
Matt Meegan led Highland, going 2-for-4 with two RBIs.
HORIZON 11, PARADISE VALLEY 1: Matt Trink struck out nine in five innings to lead the host Huskies (26-2, 13-1) past the Trojans in a 5A Desert Valley Region game. Brandon Wood had a home run and two RBIs for Horizon, which clinched its ninth straight region title.
FOUNTAIN HILLS 6, CHINO VALLEY 3: Logan Lewis was 2-for-4 with an RBI and a double and Robert Romanick was 1-for-4 with two RBIs as the visiting Falcons (13-0, 23-2) defeated the Cougars (5-8) in a 3A West contest. Austin Jones scored three runs and stole two bases for Fountain Hills.
DESERT VISTA 24, DESERT MOUNTAIN 8: The visiting Thunder had no trouble with the Wolves in a 5A Central game. Chris Gregory and Jayson Brugman both went 3-for-5 with four RBIs while teammate Chris Meeker was 4-for-4 with three RBIs.
MOUNTAIN VIEW 8, MESA 5: Cody Jones had three RBIs as he was 3-for-4 for the host Toros (18-7, 13-1) in a win over the Jackrabbits in 5A East Valley Region play.