Capital Can't Hold On
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