LOCAL GLANCE (March 10): Prep Baseball, Prep Softball, JUCO Baseball, Prep Track
The Yuma Catholic baseball team won a pair of games on Saturday to complete their perfect week in the Shamrock Baseball Classic.
The Shamrocks beat Yuma High 4-1 in the early game and followed it up with a 5-1 victory over Holtville.
“It was a good gauge of where we stand right now,” Yuma Catholic coach Curt Foppe said. “We were kind of behind the 8-ball, a lot of the other teams have played a lot more games — we had two games before the tournament.
“It's great to go 4-0 but the games that matter are coming up.”
San Luis beat Palo Verde 16-7 and Calexico 2-0 to finish 3-1.
For the Shamrocks, sophomore Sam Atiyeh pitched 5 1/3 innings in the win against Yuma High and sophomore Jaime Montanez finished it up. Against Holtville, sophomore Joey Miranda pitched into the sixth and Montanez again closed it out.
“I think we're a little ahead of the curve for our young talent,” Foppe said. “I think we're a little ahead of schedule of where I thought we'd be at so hopefully that progression continues into the power point games.”
Kofa loses two in tournament
Kofa struggled with defense Saturday losing to Centennial 12-2 and Desert Ridge 13-5 in the Xavier Tournament.
Kofa had three players with multiple hits against Centennial including Amanda Hernandez, Gracia Villa and Hannah Lackey.
Bethany Olea went 3 for 3 with a double and two home runs against Desert Ridge, but Kofa was out-hit 16-7.
AWC splits with Glendale
The Arizona Western baseball split its fourth straight doubleheader, beating Glendale 8-1 at home Saturday before losing 6-3.
Travis Garcia-Perreira (5-0) pitched 5 1/3 innings, scattering eight hits and allowing one unearned run. Dallas Hessler had a three-run home run for the Matadors (16-11 overall, 8-6 Arizona Community college Athletic Conference) and Jose Rolases-Rodarte picked up his second save. Casey Scott had two of the 10 Matador hits.
In the late game, the Matadors led 3-1 heading into the seventh Mike Rosencrantz (0-3) took the loss as Glendale improved to 15-13 overall and 6-8 in the ACCAC.
The Matadors have split seven doubleheaders this year and six in ACCAC play — each by winning the first game and losing the second.
Seven individuals place for Cibola
The Cibola track and field team had plenty of success at the Rattler Booster Invite at North Canyon High in Phoenix.
Bernie Montoya placed first in the 1,600-meter (4 minutes, 15.71 seconds), Zach McClanahan took fifth in pole vault (13 feet), Abraham Thompson was sixth in shot put (43-6 3/4), T.J. Smith was sixth in high jump (5-10). The boys 3,200 relay of Montoya, Christian Alva, Jose Garcia and Keanu Nakasawa took second place with a time of 8:23.
On the girls side, Monica Huston was third in the 1,600 (5:19.15) and Kayla Fiser was ninth in long jump (15-2) and triple jump (31-2).
YC boy sixth at relays
The Yuma Catholic boys track team took sixth Saturday at the El Centro Desert Classic Relays.
The discus relay team of Jaime Casillas, Iran Torres and John Barczynski took first, as did the triple jump team of Donovan Rooks, Treyshon Malone and Aaron Pena won as well.
The girls team finished ninth.