|Austin Zwart VVN/Travis Guy|
|Andres Zorrilla VVN/Travis Guy|
The Mingus Union baseball team continued its dominance over Division-III with a 20-4 beating of Sedona Red Rock.
With the win, the Marauders have settled into the No. 5 spot on the D-III rankings and in Section-III, the team is also No. 5.
Going into the fifth inning, the game was not out-of-hand yet, the Marauders led the Scorpions 9-4. But the fifth inning is where the team opened up and dashed any hopes of a Scorpion comeback.
"They [Sedona] hung in there, it was 9-4 going into the fifth inning," said head coach Bob Young. "We got 11 runs in the fifth inning to kind of open it up. Sedona, they're young, they got a really young team. It was kind of a mismatch. Our guys, we just went about our business ... we made a couple of errors, so that was a negative for us. Offensively, like I said, we hit the ball well. A lot of our subs got to play and they got some good at-bats, so that was good for them."
Senior Jesse Morones and sophomore Tom McCarty both went 2-for-3 at the plate, with Tom also hitting in an RBI. Junior pitcher Austin Zwart was not too far behind them, batting a .600 and going 3-for-5. Zwart also pitched foiur inning, only allowing three hits and wlaking three batters and striking out six, against 22 total batters faced.
"Austin Zwart pitched, pitched really well," Young said. "The four runs that he gave up, only two were earned."
The Marauders did commit three fielding errors, which allowed two of the Scorpions runs. The errors that Mingus commits have turned into an issue for Yougn and his athletes, allowing other teams to make it a close game than it should be or to let teams break away from Mingus and gain a lead they cannot overcome.
"Its just all focus," Young said. "Mechanically we can do it, we work hard. We've worked hard since January on defense. Physically its there, its just sometime we have lapses. We don't focus and we're just trying to work on that, trying to stay focused for seven innings. Its just little plays, one play at a time, just like that last game that we lost at our tournament on Friday. We're one play away from getting out of an inning and we don't make the play and they wind up getting six plays, that's huge. Our big thing is, a seven inning game, we need to get 21 outs and we need to get 21 outs as fast as we can. We're just going to keep hammering away until we can do it better."
The Marauders will face the Camp Verde Cowboys again on April 8th. IN the first meeting, the Marauders played a pitchers duel against the Cowboys before icing the game in the sixth inning with seven runs to end the game 10-0.