Baseball and softball seasons are underway, and both teams from Salt River High School competed in the 2012 Desert Classic hosted by Phoenix Country Day School on March 2 and 3. The baseball team finished with a final record of 2-3 and the softball team ended the tournament 2-2.
Salt River Baseball
Salt River took on Phoenix Country Day in their first game and were defeated 11-6. After a long game break, the Eagles took on Canyon State.
Trevor Waters started the game on the mound for the Eagles and struggled through the first inning. He gave up an early walk, followed by a double and another walk. Then Canyon State scored on a pass ball from Waters’ ball in the dirt that skirted pass Richie Marez, allowing the first run to score. The next batter was walked by Waters and another run scored on a pass ball. Waters was able to strike out the next batter, but another pass ball brought in a third run. Canyon State’s player on third base stole home and Marez made a great play at the plate to end the inning.
The Eagles were down 3-0 before their first at-bats. Robert Norris led off the Eagles and earned a walk. Austin Weems also earned a walk. Norris stole home on a pass ball and scored the first run for the Eagles, making the score 3-1.
Isaiah Corrales hit a sacrifice fly into right field and Weems scored to improve the score to 3-2. Waters walked at his first at-bat, followed by a single to shallow center field by Waters. Marcelino Martinez grounded out to short, but the Eagles scored another run on a fielder’s choice and the game was tied 3-3. Eugene Lewis walked, but he never reached home as Marez grounded out to second for the final out.
In the top of the second inning, Marez caught the Canyon State base runner attempting to steal third base and fired a ball to Corrales at third for the first out of the inning. The next two outs were earned on the next two batters and Salt River escaped with the lead.
In the bottom of the second inning, Lorenzo Ruiz was hit by a pitch and earned first base. Norris and Weems both walked. Ruiz scored on a pass ball and the Eagles led 4-3. Norris was caught at home for the first out of the inning, but Weems and Corrales scored on another pass ball and Salt River led 6-3. Waters walked on his next at-bat and Mahki Marcus singled on an error, sending Waters across the plate. Martinez added another score for Salt River and Marez hit an RBI single, and the Eagles led by 5 at the end of two innings.
Canyon state earned the early walk in the third inning and the next batter reached first on a throwing error, but Salt River was able to throw the runner out at second base. Their opponent hit a triple to right field and the Eagles trailed 8-5. Corrales and Marez caught Canyon State in a run-down and put together a solid play to earn the second out. Marez added to the highlight inning by throwing a runner out at third base. The Eagles added two more runs in the bottom of the third inning and won the game with a final score of 10-8.
On March 3, the Eagles defeated St. Gregory 8-3 and fell to Veritas Prep 7-6.
To recap, SRHS baseball (2-3) won two games and lost two games at the Phoenix Country Day School Desert Classic, defeating Canyon State 10-8 and St. Gregory 8-3, and dropping games to Phoenix Country Day 11-6 and Veritas Prep 7-6.
Lady Eagles Softball
Salt River softball opened up play against Phoenix County Day and was defeated 11-9.
Salt River started the first inning with a single to shallow left field by Elaina Gutierrez, who was thrown out at second on the next at-bat as Marissa Flores grounded to shortstop and reached first on fielder’s choice. Flores stole third and scored as Salina Sampson grounded to second. Blossom Wood singled and a throwing error allowed Salt River to score and take the early 2-0 lead. Phoenix Country Day School scored 9 runs in the top of the second inning. Salt River rallied back in the top of the third inning, which began with a double to center field by Kishan Cooper, followed by a single to shallow right field from Rachel Cooper. Flores hit a RBI single to left field and the Eagles trailed 8-3. Flores and R.
Cooper scored on a single to left field by Nicole Dockerty and the Eagles trailed 8-5.
Phoenix Country Day and Salt River added one run each in the fourth and fifth innings, and the Lady Eagles trailed 9-6 heading into the top of the sixth inning.
Wood walked her first time up and K. Cooper hit a shot to the center field fence with an RBI triple. An interference call on R. Cooper running to first base ended the inning with Salt River trailing 10-7. Salt River gave up one run in the bottom of the sixth inning and rallied in the seventh inning with a single by Angelique Schurz, followed by a walk from Flores. Otilia Miles hit an RBI single to shallow right field and two runs scored, but it was not enough as the Eagles fell short 11-9 to Phoenix Country Day.
In the Lady Eagles’ next game, they took on St. Gregory and were defeated 20-8. Salt River took an early 7-0 lead, but gave up 14 runs in the top of the fourth inning and the run deficit was too much to work back from.
On March 3, the Lady Eagles took on Joy Christian and won 20-1. In their next game, they took on Tanque Verde but were defeated 18-5.
Head softball coach Lynnann Yazzie said she thinks the girls are progressing quite well.
“Considering we only had two full practices as a team and have now played six games, from what I have seen thus far I believe we have a very talented team,” Yazzie said. “Once we actually get more practice time in, we will definitely be winning more games. I am excited to see what happens through the rest of the season.”