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Jags baseball team continues strong showing in 2016 season

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3/23/16

Jessica Watts
Staff

ANTHEM – There are turning points in every game that will decide the outcome. For Boulder Creek baseball, that turning point was in the third and fourth innings where they scored six unanswered runs to knock off the Mountain Ridge Mountain Lions 10-2, on Tuesday, March 15. Pitcher Mitchell Allen says when your team is scoring runs, it helps build confidence on the mound.

“We just started scoring some runs in the third and fourth inning, and once you start scoring runs teams just get more confident,” Allen said. “I think from getting all those runs together and taking them up 8-2, we just totally turned it around and it gives you more confidence when you’re pitching on the mound and just helps the team build better.”

Once the Jags started scoring more runs in the bottom of the fourth inning, Mountain Ridge made a pitching change. But this change did not seem to faze the Jags as they added three more runs in the fourth inning to go up 8-2. 

“You just adjust to the different speed and different pitches a guy throws,” said head coach Joe McDonald. “We have good communication in the dugout and the kids responded well and did a good job.”

Both Allen and McDonald said the team had a good approach at the plate which helped lead to key plays throughout the game.  

“Everybody had a plan to go with and we came up with some really big hits,” McDonald added. “Toby Allred had a big two strike double down the line, Easton Buckley started the rally in the fourth inning with that double and we just had a lot of good timing on our hits and a good approach at the plate.”

This big win over a competitive Mountain Ridge team shows that Jags can compete with anyone.

“We have all the confidence in the world against anybody we play,” McDonald said. “It shows that we can compete and play with anybody in the state, and our kids stepped up to the plate and beat a very good team today because we’re a very, very good team.”

Allen added, “Beating good teams like this builds confidence. We came into this not knowing what was going to happen because this is a really good ball club, they’ve only lost one game besides now. Moving on from this will give this team a bunch of confidence and get us all fired up and ready go for every other game.”  

And that it has. The confidence from Tuesday’s game continued into Friday’s game against Mountain Ridge at Grand Canyon University, where once again the Jags came up big in the fifth inning, scoring four runs to knock off the Mountain Lions 4-3. The Jags next home game won’t be until April 2, when they will face Coconino High School.