AJHS Blanks the Colts in Consecutive Lopsided Games
By Daniel Dullum
The odds of defeating an opponent by the same lopsided score twice in the same week are likely high, but that’s what Apache Junction’s baseball squad accomplished against Phoenix Cortez.
The Prospectors defeated Cortez 26-0 at home on March 27, and repeated that performance against the Colts two days later.
AJ used one big inning in each win – a 15-run second inning rally in the first win, and forged a 14-run fourth inning in Phoenix on March 29.
“We get bored and out of the games. You get tired and just want to go home,” Prospectors pitcher Nick Mohn said. “It gets tough mentally to go the whole way through.
“But we’ve got some region games coming up. We’ll win those, go the playoffs, and see where we go from there.”
As of March 29, AJHS (10-8 overall, 4-0 region) is ranked No. 32 in the AIA 4A power poll, and occupies first place in the Black Canyon Region standings.
“It’s tough, for sure,” Prospectors Coach Alex Murphy said. “But you still try to do things the right way, with sportsmanship, and not be a terrible representation of our school. I think we did a good job of that today.”
After a non-region game Monday against Tempe Marcos de Niza, the Prospectors have a pair of key Black Canyon Region contests this week against Phoenix Washington.
“We’ve got to get those games,” Murphy said.
The Prospectors led 20-0 after two innings in a game halted after 3 ½ innings.
Mathew Turner drove in four runs, and Trentin Smith and Sebastian Wells each had two RBIs as AJHS scored 26 runs on 13 hits.
Nathan Rhodes, Remy Wiltz and Nick Mohn each hit a double, and Mohn stole four bases. Jake Washburn pitched all four innings, logging six strikeouts, while giving up one walk and three hits.
JJ Bradley and Gabe Carranza led a 21-hit Prospectors attack. Bradley went 4-for-5 with three doubles and five runs batted in. Carranza drove in four runs while going 2-for-2 and scoring two runs.
Thomas Duarte and Trentin Smith each went 1-for-2 with two RBIs; Bryce Maloney was 3-for-5 with two RBIs, a double and two runs scored; and Nick Mohn stole three bases while going 2-for-3. Austin Sample added a triple.
Sebastian Wells threw a four-hitter in five innings, struck out 10 and didn’t issue a walk.
Photo above: Remy Wiltz connects on a run-scoring base hit for the Prospectors. (Photo by Daniel Dullum)