We had a pair of 9-11 Baseball All-Star games played at legendary Kriegh Park in Oro Valley Wednesday night. Home to what would eventually become future MLB players (Colin Porter, Jason Stanford, Shelley Duncan, Chris Duncan, Ian Kinsler and Brian Anderson), Kriegh Park is also the home of the Christina-Taylor Green Field located adjacent to Canyon del Oro High School.
Played under a double-elimination format, Thornydale beat CDO 18-5 and Canyon View beat Oro Valley 14-0 to remain unblemished in All-Star play. The two teams will meet Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. in the final of the Winner’s Bracket. The loser of that game will face the winner of the Elimination Bracket for a shot at the overall title.
Tucson Mountain (1-1) eliminated Western (0-2) on Tuesday night in the Elimination Bracket and Tucson Mountain will now face Oro Valley (1-1) Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. with both squads attempting to stay alive. CDO (1-1) will face Marana (0-1) in the other elimination game on Thursday to be played at 5 p.m. The two winners will meet on Saturday at 5 p.m.
Thornydale 18, CDO 5
Ashton Angelley picked up 11 strikeouts in the win for the team from Marana. Thornydale scored three runs in the top of the first inning and CDO responded with two in the bottom half of the inning and another in the second inning but Thornydale put the game out of reach after scoring a run in the third and seven in the fourth inning and e=seven more in the fifth.
From the top of the lineup, Bode Baker went 3-5 with a double and 4 RBI; Rene Acosta went 2-3 with an RBI and two walks; Enrique Guillen went 1-2 with an RBI and three walks; Angelley was walked three times; Mason Nagore-Benavidez had three walks; Steven Torian went 3-3 with 2 RBI; Easton Delperdang was walked; Christian Yepiz was walked; Jesus Solorzano had an RBI double; Peyton Baber was walked and Ben Wiggins was walked twice with an RBI. Guillen also saw pitching action with two strikeouts. Matthew Lopez and Brayden Hanson also saw some action.
For CDO, Andrew Baeder went 2-3; Joseph Durazo had an RBI single; Strummer Yates went 2-3 with an RBI; Brayden Carr was walked; Braylan Gibbs had an RBI single and William Cronin had a walk. Baeder, Durazo, Mateo Brandt, Cronin and Yates all saw action on the mound for CDO. Creighton Brandt, Cason Harris, Blayne Leiber, Carlos Lomeli, Presten McQuown and Astin Tyler also saw action for CDO.
Canyon View 14, Oro Valley 0
Lucas Gerlach picked up eight strikeouts for the team from Catalina Foothills and Seamus Sullivan picked up another as the duo combined for a perfect game.
Gerlach went 3-3 with a triple and an RBI; Chase Williams walked and had an RBI; Connor Matalone went 2-3 with and RBI; Bobby Marquez went 2-3 with a triple and 2 RBI; Will Shoemaker and a triple and an RBI; Brody Lewis was walked; Noah Marks was walked twice; Sullivan had an RBI single; Taran Hogan singled; Hagen Severson had an RBI single and did Asher Wesson. Ben Hettich and Luke Ardolino also saw action for Canyon View.
Dawson Sholl and Ethan Eynott pitched for Oro Valley. The roster for the team includes Easton Keck; Alex Pike; Luke Sanburn; Kosta Kopar; Ashton Fazio; Cedar Yount; Brooklyn Brewer; Morgan Kelly; James Mitchell; Derek Frank and James Welker.
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