Desert Ridge star Riley Unroe takes aim at RBI record; other baseball notes
A few notes and observations as we head down the stretch run of the baseball season:
* Desert Ridge senior shortstop Riley Unroe is the front-runner for Player of the Year. He’s batting .577 and leads the state in homers (10) and RBIs (55) in 24 games (71 at-bats). The 5A state record for RBIs in a season is 81, set by Desert Vista star Corey Myers in 1999. Desert Ridge has seven regular season games remaining and then the playoffs. If he retains his current pace of 2.29 RBIs per game, Unroe would need to play in five postseason games to set the record. Unroe has an on-base percentage of .652 and a slugging percentage of 1.310 for an OPS of 1.962. The Southern California commitment couldn’t be doing much more this spring to catch the eye of Major League scouts ahead of the June draft. Teammate Skyler Cohn has been impressive on the mound for the Jaguars with a 6-1 record and 1.45 ERA.
* Desert Vista is the only undefeated team left in Division I power points. The Thunder are 16-4 overall and 8-0 in power points, which is currently good for No. 4 in the standings behind Desert Mountain, Tucson and Sandra Day O’Connor. The schedule ramps up considerably, with a game against Mountain Pointe today, followed by Horizon, Corona del Sol, Mountain Pointe again and Brophy within the next two weeks. Outfielder Austin Hicks (.476 OBP, .667 SLG) and shortstop Colby Woodmansee (.438 OBP, .646 SLG) are leading the way offensively for the Thunder, while senior right-hander Tyler Viza is dominating on the mound with a 3-0 record and 0.66 ERA.
* Notre Dame is No. 1 in the Division II power points, which isn’t a huge surprise based on the team’s talent. Seton Catholic, though, has crept up to No. 3 with a 9-0 start. The Sentinels are only 12-6 overall after testing themselves in a pair of prestigious tournaments early on, but that experience seems to be paying off. Seton has beaten Saguaro and Arcadia recently and has positioned itself to be a legitimate threat for a tournament run.
* Valley Christian senior Noah Miller picked up his first hit of the season (in two at-bats) with a single on April 2 in a 12-0 win over Chandler Prep. It’s pretty remarkable considering Miller has the bones in his feet fused together and can’t run.