Stunned by loss on previous night, Horizon baseball recovers
Originally published: Apr 9, 2014 - 12:00 am
It probably wouldn’t qualify as something that sent them into the depths of despair, but it certainly didn’t feel very good.
Baseball players from Phoenix Horizon were stunned by a 5-4 walk-off loss to Phoenix Arcadia in eight innings on Tuesday night (April 8), a loss that ended an 11-game winning streak.
The Huskies quickly learned, however, that the world did not stop turning and the sun came up on Wednesday (April 9).
They made up for it in a big way against a highly regarded Scottsdale Chaparral team, rolling to a 10-0 victory at Chaparral.
Horizon, which was eighth in Division I power points entering the day, raised its record to 18-4. It was only the second loss of the season for Chaparral (16-2), which was No. 3 in power points.
Left-hander Ian Sanger showed a maturity well beyond his sophomore status, tossing a six-hitter and striking out five. He also picked two runners off first base and came within a whisper of making it three. Sanger also has two other high-profile victories to his credit – over Phoenix Mountain Pointe and Chandler Hamilton.
Horizon’s offense, meanwhile, pounded out 15 hits, including a home run by catcher Zach Taylor.
“Our kids came out and responded,’’ said long-time Horizon coach Eric Kibler. “To beat a quality team like Chaparral, you have to have things go your way. I’m really proud of our guys.’’
He was pleased with Sanger’s effort.
“He has good composure. Nothing seems to bother him,’’ Kibler said.
Sanger also was the beneficiary of one of the top defensive plays that would make almost anyone’s highlight reel.
With no outs and a runner at first base for Chaparral in the fifth inning, Kyle Palmer hit a foul pop fly along the chain-link fence near third base. Horizon third baseman Matt Kroon caught the ball, falling up against the fence. Chaparral sent the runner toward second base after the catch, but Kroon had the presence of mind to fire the ball to second, and the runner was tagged out for a double play.
One sensed that it was going to be Horizon’s day when, with the bases loaded in the sixth inning, a Chaparral infielder fielded a grounder and threw to the plate, but the throw was low and hit the bat that had been discarded by the hitter, allowing a run to score.
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