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.
February 7, 2012, 12:56 pm
Boise High is coming off a thrilling one point win at Meridian over the weekend and will try and ride that momentum to another victory tonight at Centennial. The Patriots have been very inconsistent as well, but Aaron Maffey helped them avoid a losing streak as he scored 28 points against Capital in route to the big victory. Centennial is tied with Mountain View for the #2 seed and does not hold the tiebreaker, so they would most likely need to win both of their games this week to have a shot at the two seed. Boise is currently tied for 4th with Timberline and can not move up any higher than 4th for the District Tournament so they are completely focused on trying to play their best basketball and not worry about anyone else.
The Mountain View Mavericks need to get healthy and they need to do it quickly. They were completely exposed last Friday night at Eagle and struggled to even score in the 30's as they lost by double digits. Fortunately for them, they will get Tanner Percifield back tonight as he was having migraines all last week. They host the Vallivue Falcons who have been on a roll as of late. Scott Moore's group is starting to score consistently on offense and if they can continue that, they will be a tough out at the District Tournament.
All eyes will be on Meridian and Rocky Mountain tonight as the Warriors will be fighting for their season. If Rocky Mountain wins, then they will knock Meridian out of the District Tournament and in turn, would clinch their own spot and not have to worry on the final day of the regular season. To do that, they need to play better defense then they did last week as Meridian is starting to pick it up offensively behind Hayden Stout. Meridian is a different team on the road, but expect them to come ready to play as they know they have to win to keep their season alive.
The Eagle Mustang's ended a four game losing streak on Friday with a big win over the defending state champion Mountain View Mavericks. Emotions were running high at the Thunderdome as Eagle was honoring their senior class. On the flip side of that, the Capital Eagles will look to sweep the season series between these two as they say goodbye to a few stellar seniors. Capital is officially out of the District Tournament, but can play spoiler their final two games against Eagle and Borah.
Keep listening to 630 The Fan throughout the month of February for all of your local High School Basketball coverage as we eventually will crown new State Champions.
April 10, 2012, 10:40 am
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.