Marauders sweep Flagstaff
A sweep is what they wanted and that is what they got. The Mingus baseball team hosted Flagstaff at home on Tuesday and won that game to open the season schedule. Then on Saturday, the Marauders traveled to Flagstaff in a doubleheader and came back with two more wins under their belts.
The first game of the doubleheader was all Mingus. The final score was 13-2, as the Marauders showed no mercy against an obviously struggling Flagstaff eagles team.
Flagstaff jumped ahead first, 1-0 after the first inning, but the rest of the game belonged to Mingus.
With Sean Simonz on the mound, the Marauders held tough on defense while the Mingus bats took over from there.
In the second inning, Mingus added six onto their score and blew the game wide open. With one out, Spencer Earl hit a solo homerun to get the adrenaline pumping. Then Travis Wokasch and Billy Grant singled. Simonz followed with a walk to load the bases. Wokasch later scored on an error and Brandon Holmes followed with a double to score two more runs. Mike Cook singled to drive in two more runs to finish out the rally.
Mingus continued its barrage on the offense by scoring two more in the third and another in the fourth to take a 9-1 lead after four. Both teams were scoreless in the fifth inning, but Mingus capped off the offensive strike with four more runs in the top of the sixth.
Wokasch walked to lead off, and then he stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Billy Grant hit a ground ball to score Wokasch. Simonz followed and reached on a Flagstaff error. Tony Vocca walked and Holmes advanced the runners with a ground out. Cook reached first on another Flagstaff defensive error and got an RBI in the process. Pat Moran got hit by a pitch, a balk moved everyone around. Justin Schultz walked, Earl walked, which scored a run and Wokasch started the lineup over again, finally getting the third out of the inning.
Flagstaff struggled with control on the mound and the Marauders took advantage of the situation by being patient at the plate.
Mingus hit the ball well with 11 hits.
"We kept the pressure on them by scoring in every inning," said assistant coach Frank Vocca.
The big hitter of the game was Spencer Earl who hit two homeruns in the game, one in the second and another in the fourth. Billy grant also went 2-for-4 and Wokasch went 2-for-3. Holmes had a double.
Following the first game' whooping by the Marauders, the two teams battled for a second time on Saturday.
This game brought some surprises as the Eagles looked like they were going to split the series. But Mingus came back in a huge 7th inning rally to get the win, 11-7.
Flagstaff scored a run in the bottom of the first and third to lead 2-0. Mingus didn't score until the top of the fourth when they tied the game 2-2.
With one out, Schultz singled, followed by Earl with a walk. Wokasch reached on a fielder's choice. With two outs and runners at the corners, Grant singled to drive in Schultz. Simonz got to first on an error and scored Wokasch to finish out the inning.
With the score tied going into the bottom of the fourth, the Eagles began to pull away from Mingus with a run in the bottom of the fourth and fifth innings and then three more in the bottom of the sixth.
Trailing 7-2 in the top of the 7th, the game looked like it was over, but Mingus came back with a huge rally to score nine.
The first nine guys to come to the plate for Mingus scored before the Eagles got the first out. Grant started things off with a single, followed by Simonz and Vocca with walks. Holmes scored two RBIs with a double up the right field line to make it a 7-4 ball game.
With runners at second and third, Cook got hit by a pitch to load the bases. Moran knocked a single and got two RBI's to make it 7-6. Schultz followed with a single, which scored two more runners and the Marauders took the lead, 8-7. Earl got a single and Wokasch walked.
After going through the entire lineup, Grant got back to the plate and singled and got two RBI's to keep things going. Simonz walked for a second time and Vocca hit a sacrifice fly, to get an RBI before the Eagles got the third out.
The nine-run inning was too much for the Eagles to bounce back from as Brandon Farr, who came in to relieve Trevor Sanderlin in the sixth inning, shut them down in the seventh, 3-up, 3-down to get the win.
Wokasch led at the plate, going 2-for-3 along with Schultz who went 2-for-4.
The Marauders are 3-0 in the 4A II Grand Canyon region and lead the pack. They traveled to Page on Tuesday. Page just came off a doubleheader sweep against Coconino over the weekend and should be a formidable opponent.
"They had a good team last year," said coach Vocca. "We expect to have our hands full up there."
After that game, the Marauders come back home to host Page in a doubleheader on Saturday.