High School Baseball Coverage Starts Tonight
Much like football and basketball season, we will be covering High School Baseball extensively through the State Tournament and will broadcast over 20 games throughout the course of the next 6 weeks including every game of the State Tournament.
If you didn't catch our season preview earlier this month, the Rocky Mountain Grizzlies are the team to beat this year in the 5A SIC. With a balanced lineup 1-9 and a solid pitching staff, they are the most complete team right now, but that doesn't always translate into a State Championship. They suffered their first defeat of the season last week against Meridian and have a tough game on their hands tonight as they will play the Capital Eagles. For the Eagles and head coach Jerry Hollow, its all about pitching. They have two guys that can throw over 85 mph with a solid bullpen to shut the door in tight games. This game will be a huge test for Rocky Mountain to try and distance themselves in the standings from everyone else.
A team on the move in the standings is the Meridian Warriors. As previously noted, they were the first squad to beat Rocky and they followed it up with a 5-2 win last night over Mountain View. Down 2-0 going into the bottom of the 6th, the Warriors used a big 5 run inning to complete the win. As for Mountain View, they are very young, but steadily improving. Tonight, it will be important for them to protect their home field to earn a split against Meridian.
After a slow start, the Eagle Mustangs are starting to find their groove. Much like Capital, Eagle has a very strong pitching staff led by future Oregon Duck, Brandon Brown. Brown was a tough luck pitcher his first few times out as he did not receive much run support, but he battled through that and threw his 3rd no-hitter in High School last week in a win over Borah. The Mustangs followed that up last night by defeating Centennial 15-5 to improve to 7-2 in the SIC. The two teams will play again tonight and it will be tough for the Patriots to regroup considering they lost with their ace, EJ Leitzinger, on the hill last night.
Another team breathing down Rocky Mountain's neck is the Timberline Wolves. Timberline defeated Vallivue in two close games over the weekend using dominate pitching and continued that trend yesterday defeating Borah 1-0 behind Cody Price. The versatile junior improved to 5-0 on the season and has become one of the best pitchers in the SIC. Borah is a young team that is in a tough stretch of games, but will look to build some momentum tonight at home against the Wolves.
Two teams looking up at everyone else in the standings are Boise and Vallivue. The Braves have been hovering around the .500 mark all year while Vallivue has not won a conference game to date.