April 18, 2012, 1:02 pm
When Capital coach Jerry Hollow turned in his lineup card, we were a bit surprised not to see #1 pitcher Shawn Powers (elbow) on the mound, and knew Capital's chances of pulling off the upset with Corbin Smith on the mound were slim, but the junior proved everyone wrong. After struggling with his control in the 1st inning, he delivered a strong performance stymying the SIC's top lineup for 6 innings and kept Capital in the ball game despite a dominating outing from Rocky's Richie Kyro.
The senior, who is headed to Treasure Valley Community College next year to pitch, had been hampered by slow starts and had surrendered 7 runs in the 1st inning throughout his last two starts, but he had everything working from the get go last night. Mixing in a nasty curveball to go along with his mid 80's heater, Kyro kept the young Eagles off balance at the plate for most of the night. After Rocky was able to score in the top of the 1st, we didn't see another run until Capital answered in the bottom of the 4th with a lead off triple from Jacob Foley before he was brought home by Logan Staudt to tie things up. Rocky was able to answer in the 5th to regain the lead, but Capital was there again in the bottom of the 6th to tie things up at 2 going into the 7th inning.
After both squads had chances in the 7th to win the game, Rocky proved again why they are the team to beat in the SIC as they took advantage of Capital's miscues and executed three perfect bunts to score 4 runs in the top of the 8th to secure the 6-2 win. Despite the loss, Capital is starting to figure things out and once they get their pitching staff healthy, they will be a tough out in the District Tournament.
In the other game last night, the young Mountain View Mavericks shutout Centennial and sent the Patriots to their 5th consecutive loss and they are now tied with Vallivue and Borah for the final spot in the District Tournament.
We will be out at Eagle High School tomorrow to broadcast the Vallivue vs. Eagle game with the 1st pitch at 6:00 PM. Make sure to listen to the show from 4-6 PM to get you set for all 5 games Thursday night. Here is a look at the standings as of now.
Rocky Mountain 11-1
Mountain View 6-6
February 9, 2012, 11:44 am
Rocky Mountain had a chance to sew up their bid to the District Tournament on Tuesday against Meridian and now need to win tonight at Mountain View to make it in. The Grizzlies lost a two point game to Meridian and have definitely made it tougher on themselves considering Mountain View just got Tanner Percifield back which gives them another weapon. The scheduling worked out well for Rocky due to the fact that Meridian is playing Vallivue tonight and no matter what, one of them has to lose.
Now that we have the two games out of the way that still involve teams trying to make the District Tournament, there are two important games tonight that will go a long way in determining the seeding for the games starting next Tuesday. Centennial plays at Timberline in a game where both teams are trying to play their best basketball going into the District Tournament. The only way Centennial moves out of the #3 spot is if they win AND Mountain View loses as the Mavericks hold the tiebreaker. For Timberline, they are guaranteed the #4 or #5 seed and will be on the same side as the Borah Lions, so they are the one team that does not have too much to play for other than the fact they want to enter the District Tournament on a high note.
Eagle will make the dreaded trip to Boise High with the chance to extend their winning streak to 3 games and possibly the #4 seed. A loss by the Mustangs will guarantee them the #6 seed as they would not have the tiebreaker with either Boise or Timberline. For the Braves, there are a few scenarios. Due to the fact that Timberline swept the season series with Boise, every scenario for Boise with seeding depends on what Timberline does against scenario. The short answer is if Boise wins tonight, they will be either the #4 or #5 seed. With a loss, they will be guaranteed the #6 seed.
The final game of the night has no bearing on the regular season standings. The Borah Lions will try and get every player on their bench into the game tonight as they host the last-place Capital Eagles. Barring the upset of the season, Borah will ride into the District Tournament on a 17 game winning streak and teams around the rest of the state are starting to realize that Borah is the team to beat.
Tune into the show tomorrow from 4-6 PM for a full recap of the games as well as a District Tournament Preview.
April 16, 2012, 12:51 pm
All eyes were on the Grizzlies and the Mustangs last weekend, but there were a couple of other storylines that emerged after the games had been played.
Rocky pulled one out on Thursday winning by one, but left no doubt on Friday as they stormed past Eagle 9-1 to take a commanding lead in the standings. We saw a pitchers duel in game one and expected the same type of game on Friday, but only one pitcher decided to show up and that was Rocky's Bryce Feist. The senior threw 5 innings allowing just four hits and an unearned run. Eagle's Skyler Sousa was not on top of his game as he gave up 7 runs and couldn't get out of the third inning. Rocky now plays Capital on Tuesday in what should be another great SIC baseball game. You can listen to the game on 630 The Fan.
We were out at Timberline on Friday to see how the Wolves stack up to the rest of the SIC and despite their strong start, they played their worst game of the season and got run ruled by Boise High 12-2 in 5 innings. Aided by a two out error in the 2nd, the Braves capitalized with 5 runs and followed it up with another 5 run inning in the 4th. Despite the loss, the Wolves remain just 1.5 games back of Rocky with their series starting on April 26th.
The race for 8th is on as Vallivue completed the two game sweep of Centennial to pull even in the win column with the Patriots. Not to be lost in the mix are the Borah Lions who finally ended their losing streak on Friday by beating Meridian to also pull even with Centennial and Vallivue in the win column.
Stay tuned to 630 The Fan all week long for High School Baseball Coverage as well as our two games this week; on Tuesday we will be at Capital as they take on Rocky Mountain and on Thursday we will be at Eagle High School as they look to rebound against Vallivue.
Updated Standings (Conference Play only)
Rocky Mountain 10-1
Mountain View 5-6
February 8, 2012, 12:20 am
I said on the show yesterday that Boise and Centennial would play a physical game that would most likely be in the 40's and thats exactly what happened. The Patriots survived in overtime as they were able to knock off the Braves 44-41. Boise High actually held a three point lead going into the 4th quarter, but managed just two points in the final frame which, in turn, forced overtime. With Aaron Maffey having an off night, Daryl Robertson finally emerged back on the scene leading all scores with 17 points.
After last Friday's win over Mountain View, there was still something missing from the Eagle Mustang's arsenal and that was leading scorer Braiden Shaw. Last night, he responded in a big way scoring 27 points and chipping in 9 rebounds as Eagle blew out Capital 58-36. Capital came out on fire at the beginning of the game, but much like their game against Centennial last Friday, they could not keep up with the high scoring pace of Eagle and came up short as a result.
Mountain View suffered mightily scoring without Tanner Percifield, but now that he is back and healthy, the Mavericks looked liked themselves again with a ten point win over Vallivue. Percifield scoring 16 points and more importantly, paved the way for Brandon Luedtke to have 14 points and 10 rebounds as well. The Mavericks are still tied with Centennial going into the final game of the regular season and if the Mavericks beat Rocky Mountain, they will clinch the #2 seed.
The final game of the night had the most meaning as Meridian shocked the rest of the 5A SIC and won at Rocky Mountain 57-55. The Warriors needed to win to keep their season alive and with the win, they are in control of their own destiny as they own the head to head tiebreak with Rocky. The Warriors will host Vallivue on Thursday with the winner guaranteed a spot in the District Tournament and the loser hoping that Rocky Mountain will come up short against Mountain View. For the Grizzlies, they have to win on Thursday and get some help to get back in the District Tournament picture.
So with just one game remaining in the regular season, we have a two-way tie for 2nd place, a three-way tie for 4th place and a dogfight going on at the bottom of the standings to get in the District Tournament. Needless to say, Thursday should be full of excitement.
April 12, 2012, 12:11 pm
As we have seen with most marquee matchups, this game will be determined by how the starting pitchers set the tempo. Eagle's Brandon Brown will be headed to Oregon next fall, but still has some business to take care of at the high school level and he will be tested tonight against a Grizzlies lineup that does not have an easy out one through nine. The hard throwing lefty can strike out nearly anyone he faces, but control will be crucial tonight to make sure he does not give the Grizzlies any free passes. On the other side of the field, Rocky's Richie Kyro has been the heart and soul of this pitching staff throughout the past four years and will look to regroup from a shaky outing his last time out against Meridian. The question going into this game is can the Mustang lineup compete with the Grizzlies?
There is no doubt this game is the best matchup of the night, but don't sleep on a few other games around the Valley. One game I will be keeping my eye on is the rivalry series between Timberline and Boise. Quietly the Wolves are in 2nd place in the SIC and are starting to gain more confidence at the plate as the season progresses. They scored 13 runs on Tuesday against Borah and look to continue that against the Braves tonight.
Capital looks to regroup at Mountain View after getting embarrassed on Tuesday against Rocky Mountain. The good news for the Eagles is they will be sending out their #1 pitcher in Shawn Powers. Mountain View has a lot of speed at the top of their order with Branson Trube and will look to protect their home field.
The final two games will go a long way in determining District Tournament positioning when Meridian takes on Borah and Vallivue plays at Centennial.