Saguaro, Williams Field baseball wins twice to open Cleats tournament
Saguaro and Williams Field baseball teams are off to good starts in the annual Cleats tournament which began on Monday.
In game 1, Saguaro beat Victor Valley (Calif.), 4-3, as juniors Stephen Gifford and Stephen Wright combined to hold the Jackrabbits to four hits while striking out nine. A trio of juniors also led the offense: Turner Lace went 2-for-3 with a double, Brett Adams went 1-for-2 with two RBI and Michael Bloom added a run-scoring single for the Sabercats.
In game 2, the Sabercats beat Marcos de Niza, 7-5, in 8 innings behind the pitching of juniors Nick Meservey and Turner Lace, and senior Jack Craft. The lefty Meservey fanned seven over five innings while Lace held the Padres in check for an inning and Craft threw two scoreless innings to earn the victory for Saguaro. Saguaro was led offensively by Matt Mara’s home run, Ben Lagusis went 2-for-3 with two stolen bases and three runs scored, and Lace knocked in three runs.
The Sabercats play two more games on Tuesday, hosting Christian at 11:30 a.m. followed by Bradshaw Mountain. at 2 p.m. at Saguaro H.S.
Williams Field beat IMG Academy (Fla.), 6-3, and Chaparral, 7-1, on Monday. Williams Field got out to a 7-0 lead, while senior pitcher Jake Whillock held Chapparral to one earned run on six hits with one walk and three strikeouts. Whillock’s effort on the mound paired with solid defense would be enough for Williams Field to get the win. Conner Mathers, Hudson Whillock, Jaxxon Fagg, and Branden Amenta provided the RBI’s for Williams Field, including a towering home run from sophomore Hudson Whillock. Bigcrane had a good day at the plate going 2–for-3 with a double for Chapparral, and a solid pitching effort by reliever Andrew Shaps kept Chapparral on the doorstep.
Against IMG, the Black Hawks would get out to a 4-0 lead and extended it to 6-1 as the game entered the seventh inning. Quackenbush dug deep and got himself out of a 7th inning jam to earn the complete game victory. Quackenbush struck out four and walked one with six hits allowed. IMG made a late game comeback, but the offensive attack led by Jaxxon Fagg, Brady Alexander, Chris Kobar, and Dallin Milius kept the Black Hawks ahead. Williams Field moves to 10-2 on the season, with a 5-0 power point record. The Black Hawks take on Tucson High and Arcadia on Tuesday.
Williams Field 2 1 4 0 0 0 0 – 7 10 1
Chaparral 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 – 1 6 0
WP: Whillock (3-1)
WF hitters: Mather 2-3, 2 RBI, BB, 2B; Hudson Whillock 2-3, 2 R, 2 RBI, HR; Amenta 1-3, 2 RBI, 3B
Chaparral hitters: Bigcrane 2-3, 2B; Nimts 1-2, BB
IMG 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 – 3 6 2
Williams Field 0 0 0 3 1 2 x – 6 7 2
WP: Quackenbush (2-0)
WF hitters: Alexander 1-3, 2 RBI, R, 3B, BB; Jaxxon Fagg 2-2, R, RBI, BB; Kobar 1-3, 2 RBI, Milius 2-3, R
IMG hitters: Gallagher 1-4, RBI; Murphy 1-3, R