Hamilton scores 4 runs in 7th to pull out win - East Valley Tribune: VarsityXtra

Hamilton scores 4 runs in 7th to pull out win

Print
Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Posted: Sunday, May 11, 2008 1:19 am | Updated: 12:02 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

Chandler Hamilton’s prolific offense (46 runs in four tournament games) got put to the test with very little time left Saturday night in its bid to secure a 5A Division I baseball title. The Huskies passed the test.

SLIDESHOW: See photos from the game

Chandler Hamilton’s prolific offense (46 runs in four tournament games) got put to the test with very little time left Saturday night in its bid to secure a 5A Division I baseball title. The Huskies passed the test.

SLIDESHOW: See photos from the game

Hamilton, down to its final at-bat and behind by three runs, scored four times in the bottom of the seventh and edged a game Gilbert Mesquite, 6-5, to win the 5A-I title at Tempe Diablo Stadium.

Ryan Casillas flipped the last of four seventh-inning singles to center to bring home the winning run and give coach Mike Woods and the Huskies (25-8) their third crown and first since 2004. Mesquite (19-15), playing in its first championship game in any sport in the school’s 10-year history, settled for a runner-up trophy.

Woods, who has coached Hamilton since their program began a decade ago, has seen his share of memorable rallies. A nine-run seventh five years ago knocked out Phoenix Brophy and led to Hamilton’s first title in 2003. Saturday’s rally ranked with that one.

“This was special,” Woods said. “Their kid pitched as good a game as anybody has all year against us. I told our guys before they went up (in the seventh) they have to get us out three times. Those last three outs are the hardest to get.”

Indeed they were. Mesquite got two. The rally made a winner of Hamilton junior Matt Helm (9-3), who went the distance and was equally impressive in winning his third game of the postseason. Helm scattered eight hits, walked two and struck out 11.

Mesquite senior right-hander Chris Jensen entered the last of the seventh with a 5-2 lead. He’d allowed just three hits, two walks and fanned seven to that point. From the last two outs of the second inning through the sixth he retired 14 of 14 hitters with a single erased via double play the only blemish. Then came Hamilton’s final at-bat.

Justin Rosales drew a four-pitch walk to begin the inning. Singles by Tyler Kem and Grant Hauser loaded the bases with no outs. That finished Jensen. Mesquite coach Jeff Holland called on freshman closer Zack Davies. Hamilton seniors Sammy Vandenheuval, Jake Saylor and Kyle Peterson combined to even the game at 5-5 with a sacrifice fly, RBI single and sacrifice fly, respectively.

With the winning run at second in freshman Malcolm Holland, Casillas stroked the game-winner on a 1-2 offering from Davies.

“It was a little tough knowing we were down three,” Casillas said. “But we have confidence we can come back. It’s a team game, so you just keep battling.”

It was a strong finish for Mesquite shortstop Ty Forney, who singled twice, scored twice and stole three bases. Forney opened the top of the seventh with his second hit, stole second and scored on Austin Carr’s second hit for a 5-2 lead.

“Nothing I can say, other than that’s baseball,” Jeff Holland said. “Both sides played their hearts out.”

  • Discuss

Video: Winter in July at the Phoenix Zoo

The Phoenix Zoo held its annual Winter in July event on Saturday for the animals and an estima...

Facebook

VarsityXtra on Facebook

Twitter

VarsityXtra on Twitter

RSS

Subscribe to VarsityXtra via RSS

RSS Feeds

Spacer4px
VXShout
VXVote
Loading…
Your Az Jobs
VXStats

Arizona HS Football Leaders



Arizona HS Volleyball Leaders



[Stats Courtesy of MaxPreps]
VXArchives
VarsityXtra