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Corona baseball pitcher goes from Washington D.C. to the state quarterfinals

Posted by on April 30, 2013 – 8:15 pm

In the wee hours of Tuesday morning, Corona del Sol senior pitcher Jake Martin was in the Washington D.C. airport waiting on a flight back to Arizona.

A long time ago, baseball coach Dave Webb approved Martin’s cross-country trip to compete in a Competitive Government tournament with some classmates – an event which is a big deal at the school. The Aztecs came in sixth place nationally, as the studious Martin helped his team finish in the top-10 for the first time in more than a decade.

After Corona del Sol upset No. 9 seed Hamilton, 6-5, in the opening round of the playoffs, Webb talked to Martin’s father and made no bones about who he wanted on the mound in Tuesday’s second round matchup against Phoenix St. Mary’s.

“I told his dad, ‘If there’s any way he can make it back, I’m throwing him,” Webb said.

So Martin awoke at 3 a.m. Eastern to make it to the airport for his 7 a.m. flight. He showed up in Webb’s office around 2 p.m. declaring himself ready to pitch. Webb had his doubts, but Martin made the assurance that he had gotten plenty of sleep on the plane.

He then went out and tossed a complete game in a 12-2 victory over the Knights, helping the Aztecs advance to the double-elimination tournament featuring the final eight teams in Division I.

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