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O'Connor Baseball 2017
Eagles fall to Pioneers in 2nd round of playoffs 3-2
In a great pitching duel, the Eagles just couldn't pull out the victory, falling 3-2. The matchup of aces lived up to the billing as both pitchers pitched in and out of trouble all day. The Eagles left 8 runners on base, with the Pinnacle stranding 9 of their own. Pinnacle scored first on a sac fly in the 2nd, then 3 OC errors in a row led to another run and a 2-0 hole. The Pioneers would tack on one in the 3rd to take a 3-0 lead and their pitching would hold the lead until the 6th. With 2 outs Tristen DeJesus got on with a ball to 1st, then Cade Biddle backed him up with a double to get runners on 2nd and 3rd. Jacob Vesecky would clutch up with a double down the line to bring in both runners and make it a one run game. Then the dramatics would really happen, as an error and walk would start a rally with runners on first and second. A questionable call on a back pick moved the runners to 1st and 3rd, but Dawson McCarville was up for the challenge. He would get back to back punch outs on big sliders, then a flyout to end the threat and keep the Eagles in the hunt with a one run defecit. In the top of 7th Jayce Easley would start off a rally with a one out single, then with 2 outs Nico Burgarello drove a ball to deep right field. The ball looked to be going out, but bounced just inside the fence, up and over for a ground rule double. What a tough break for the Eagles, because Easley was rounding 3rd by the time the ball got out. Instead the Eagles had 2nd and 3rd but struck out to end the game. A tough luck loss to end the season, but great fight by both talented teams.
Eagles beat Thunder in 1st round of Playoffs 6-3
The Eagles hosted the Thunder for the 3rd time in 5 years, with loser going home, with the Eagles taking this one 6-3. The Thunder jumped out to a lead with one run in the 2nd inning, but the Eagles would match it with one of their own in the bottom half, 1 in 3rd and 3 in the 4th inning. Amari Bartee had 2 hits and 2 RBI, while Nico Burgarello was on 3 times in the game. Anthony Cosenza got the start and went into the 6th inning, scattering 8 hits. Zack Griffin came on to work out of a bases loaded jam in the 6th, then in the 7th Dawson McCarville came in for the save. The Eagles will learn where they travel to to play next on Saturday at 11 am.
Eagles hunt Mt. Lions 7-2
A little redemption on senior night for the OC who blew open a one run ballgame with a four run 6th inning, to get revenge on Mt. Ridge. The Mt. Lions jumped out to a 2 run lead in the 3rd with 2 singles and a triple. The Eagles answered back with a Nick Alvarez RBI single. A quick zero in the top half and with 2 outs, Jayce Easley hit a single to center. Nolan Gorman launched a ball to the street in right center field for his 11th homer of the year and a 3-2 lead for Eagles. Then into the 6th Tristen DeJesus drove in a run with a bases loaded walk, followed by a Nick Alvarez bases clearing double down the right field line. Dawson McCarville worked 5 strong innings for the win and Zack Griffin was perfect in his 2 innings for the save. The Eagles wrapped up their regular season with an AIA record of 12-6. Post game festivities celebrated the regular season careers of 10 seniors: Nico Burgarello, Cade Biddle, Anthony Cosenza, Dawson McCarville, Coltin Daus, Nick Alvarez, Jason Katz, Logan Bayus, Brandon Moore and Zack Griffin.
Eagles fall short to Mt. Lions 4-1
In the first battle in the rivalry, Mt. Ridge came away with the victory, stranding the tying run at first in the last inning for the 4-1 win. Anthony Cosenza and Zack Griffin combined for 7 strikeouts and kept the game close. Matthew Libetore got the most out of his 110 pitches to go 6 1/3 innings and accounting for the one solo run for the Mt. Lions. The Eagles ability to keep it close and get to the bullpen made things interesting in the 7th as the bases were loaded with the tying run at 1st and 1 out. But the Mt. Lion bullpen would settle in for an infield fly and a called strike three to end the game. The Eagles just could not get the big hit, stranding 10 runs on the bases. Amari Bartee got the Eagles going with their first hit in the 5th inning, Nico Burgarello had 2 hits and Jacob Vesecky had a double to account for the 4 Eagle hits. The teams square off again Friday for senior day at the OC.
Wolves get revenge and beat Eagles 10-3
The Eagles took the trip out to Desert Mt. and just couldn't get anything going, for a 3-10 loss. The Wolves started off quick with 4 runs in the first thanks in part to 3 walks. From there the Eagles were chasing the rest of the game. Walks, dropped pop ups, baserunning errors plagued the Eagles on the day. The Eagles used four pitchers to get through the game, with Zack Griffin throwing a scoreless 6th. The offense was led by Jayce Easley, Nolan Gorman and Tristen DeJesus, who all had 2 hits a piece. The Eagles now finish the regular season with back to back games vs. Mt. Ridge starting Thursday at the Lions Den.
Eagles continue hot hitting beating Wolves 10-4
The Eagles bats stayed alive with 12 hits and 10 runs on the night to beat visiting Desert Mt. 10-4. The top of the lineup was 7 for 9 with 8 runs and 5 RBI's in Jayce Easley, Nico Burgarello and Nolan Gorman. Anthony Cosenza got the win, going 5 innings, then Jason Katz and Brandon Moore each threw an inning in relief. The Eagles got 3 in the first thanks to a Nick Alvarez 2 RBI single, then 4 in the 2nd inning as Gorman hit a bases loaded triple. The bats fell silent in the middle innings but scored 3 more in the 6th to put the game away thanks to a Burgarello RBI double and Tristen DeJesus 2 RBI single. The two teams will face off again on Tuesday at the homer dome of Desert Mt.
Eagles pound Pioneers 12-1
A rematch from last weeks victory, smelled like a pitchers duel, with a battle of 2 of the top arms in the state. Both teams ran out their aces, but the Eagles would turn it into a sluggfest with 12 runs on 12 hits to sweep Pinnacle in the regular season. Dawson McCarville took the ball for the Eagles, and didn't disappoint, allowing just one bloop single over 6 strong innings. Brandon Moore came on in relief for a 3 up 3 down 7th to close the game out. But the offense was the story on the day, starting in the first when Nolan Gorman hit a ball into the football bleachers to stake the Eagles to a 2-0 lead. Bats were quiet again til the 5th when Nico Burgarello hit an RBI single to right, and Jayce Easley scored on a wild pitch. Easley was 4 for 4 on the day with 4 runs. The Eagles got two more in the 6th with Easley and Burgarello singles, then in the 7th put the game away with a Jacob Vesecky grand slam. Burgarello had 3 hits and Vesecky also added 2 hits on the day. The Eagles finish the short week with a home game vs. Desert Mt. on Thursday.
Eagles beat Pioneers 13-4
In the first meeting of Desert Valley foes, the Eagles slugged their way to victory with 15 hits to beat the Pinnacle Pioneers. Nolan Gorman had a pair of homeruns, including a grandslam in the 6th to put the game out of reach. Jayce Easley also had a homerun in the 4th inning, as the Eagles offense broke out in a big way. Six players had multiple hits for the Eagles including Nico Burgarello going 3 for 3. Anthony Cosenza worked 6 innings, scattering 6 hits, while Zack Griffin pitched the 7th. The Eagles jumped out to a 1-0 lead after the first then Gorman hit a 2 run bomb in the 3rd to stretch the lead to 5-0. The Pioneers got 2 runs in the 4th with 2 outs, but the Eagles responded with 1 in the 4th. A two run homerun in the 5th would be all Pinnacle could muster with the Eagles putting the game out of reach with a 7 run 6th inning. The two teams play Tuesday at Pinnacle to complete the home and home matchup.
Huskies get revenge on Eagles 3-0
At the OC, the Eagles could only muster 2 hits on the day, and lost a close one 3-0 to Horizon. This was revenge from the Tuesday night when the Eagles stole a victory with a 3-1 comeback win. Dawson McCarville pitched great, going 7 strong innings with 5 strikeouts. Horizon got a solo run in the 1st and 2 in the 5th. The Eagles were no hit into the 6th inning when Jayce Easley laced a single over the 3rd basemen's head for the first hit. Cade Biddle slapped a hit through the left side in the 7th but the Eagles could not spark a rally, never getting a run into scoring position. The Eagles continue to compete with region play Friday at home vs. Pinnacle.
Eagles rally in bottom of the 7th to comeback for the win over Huskies 3-1
For the first time in school history the OC played at Horizon high school under the lights. The atmosphere was electric and the pitching was on point. Eagles Sophomore Cal Lambert and Huskies Senior Cameron Doherty locked horns for 6+ innings in a pitcher duel that found the Eagles down 1-0 heading into the 7th. After two quick punchouts, Amari Bartee singled, then stole second to get into scoring position. Jayce Easley worked a 9 pitch at bat, driving a pitch through the right side to score Bartee and tie the game at 1. Two batters later Nico Burgarello would stripe the line for a run scoring double to put the Eagles ahead. After an insurance run brought the score to 3-1, Dawson McCarville came on for the save in the bottom half, striking out the final batter looking for the winning run. Bartee and Burgarello each had 2 hits a piece, while Cal Lambert went 6 strong innings for the W. Both teams square off again at the OC on Thursday.
Eagles win streak snapped at six with 5-7 loss to Beaverton
The Eagles had been riding high for the past 6 games, finding a way to come back in many of them. Tonight the Eagles fell just short, leaving the tying run stranded at 2nd base, striking out swinging to end the game. Beaverton jumped out with 3 runs in the 2nd and the Eagles just could never chip away enough to take over. The Eagles left 6 runners in scoring position on the night. Tristen DeJesus and Coltin Daus had multiple hits on the night, while Nicholas Schouten took the tough luck loss, scattering 4 hits over 5 innings.
Eagles blow out Mustangs 12-1 with an 11 run 4th inning to win the Pink Out game
With the game tied at one, the Eagles put 11 runs in the bottom of the 4th inning to run rule Eagle Idaho 12-1. Both teams took awhile to measure up the starting pitchers, but in the 4th the flood gates opened up as the Eagles scored 11 runs on 11 hits in the inning. Nick Alvarez had a single and triple in the same inning to help account for 5 runs on the inning. The pregame was a sight to behold as the both baseball teams and softball teams gathered for the ceremonial first pitch in the center of the baseball diamond. Inspired by two OC breast cancer survivors, Kim Stoffers (1 year) and Kelly Simon (almost 5 years), the Eagle dominated this game getting multiple hits from Alvarez, Nolan Gorman and Jacob Vesecky. The Eagles will finish off the Coach Bob tourney with a final game vs. Beaverton, Oregon Friday at 3:30.
Eagles take down the Titans 6-3
The Eagles put up 2 runs every other inning for the victory over Legend high school from Parker Colorado. Dawson McCarville earned his 6th win on the season, scattering 9 singles through 6 innings, while Zack Griffin came on for the save. The Eagles benefited from 2 runs scoring on wild pitches in the first inning, then a 2 run single from Logan Bayus in the 3rd and 2 run single from Coltin Daus in the 5th. That was enough for McCarville who moved his record to 6-0 on the season. Nick Alvarez and Jayce Easley also accounted for 2 hits a piece. The Eagles will play in a breast cancer awareness game Thursday at 3:40 vs. Eagle Idaho, it is a pink out!
Eagles survive the luck of the Irish to win 10-9
Nolan Gorman hit a walkoff double off the batter's eye to drive in Noah Burgarello with the winning run in the bottom of the 7th, to beat Sheldon (OR). With 2 outs, Burgarello drew the walk setting the stage for a 1-0 ball off the 3rd level of the hitters eye. Burgarello put on the burners to score from first on the drive, just ahead of the tag. Jayce Easley got the W on the night, working out of a bases loaded jam in the top half of the 7th to keep the score tied. Easley aslo hit his first homerun of his career, to go along with his 3 hit total. The Eagles were up 6-1 going into the 6th giving up a 7 spot and relinquishing the lead. In the bottom of the 6th the Eagles answered with a 3 run double from Tyler DeJesus. The Eagles now play Legend Colorado on Wednesday at 3:30.
Eagles out-claw the Condor 9-3
In the start of the Coach Bob National Invitational, the OC took it to Cal High(Whittier California) by the score of 9-3. The Eagles jumped on top with 3 runs in the first thanks in part to a Coltin Daus 2 RBI double. The Eagles would get 3 more in the 2nd when Jayce Easley and Nick Alvarez went back to back doubles, and singles from Nico Burgarello and Cade Biddle. Cal Lambert went 5 innings scattering 4 hits, and Tucker Bates came on for his second varsity outing of the season with 2 shutout innings. Alvarez, Burgarello, Daus and Easley all had 2 hits on the day. The Eagles will now take on the Irish of Sheldon Oregon Tuesday, first pitch at 3:30.
Eagles bring the Thunder 11-2
The OC traveled down to the Desert Vista Thunder and came away with a big victory. Dawson McCarville was dominant again, going 6 strong innings scattering 5 hits and giving up 1 unearned run, and Zack Griffin shut it down with a strikeout to end the game. The story of this game was the OC offense, who scored 6 runs in the first 3 innings, thanks to only 2 hits. The Eagles were the beneficiaries of 6 walks and 2 hit by pitch to help account for the runs in the 5-run 2nd inning. The Eagles then piled on with 5 more runs in the 7th with 7 hits on the inning. All in all the Eagles had 10 hits on the day, with Nico Burgarello (3) and Jacob Vesecky (2) having multiple hits. Vesecky launched a homerun for the second year in a row at Desert Vista. The Eagles will now host the Coach Bob Invitational next week with a game each day at 3:30.
Eagles run rule JackRabbits 12-2
Cal Lambert work 5 innings to pick up his first varsity win, and the offense exploded for 12 runs, to beat Mesa High 12-2. Down 2-0 in the 2nd Jacob Vesecky tied it up with a 2 strike, 2 run single. In the 3rd inning, Logan Bayus had a bases loaded single to score 2 more and take a 5-2 lead. In the 4th the Eagles got 4 runs with a Tyler DeJesus 2 run Double. Nolan Gorman hit his 7th homerun of the season in the 5th, while Bayus hit an RBI double to walk off with a run rule victory. The Eagles had 12 hits, with Gorman, DeJesus, Bayus and Vesecky getting 2 a piece and Cade Biddle with 3 on the day. The Eagles finish off the short spring break with a game at Desert Vista Wednesday.
Eagles comeback falls short vs. Coyotes 6-4
In a pitchers duel, the Eagles came up short with a 6-4 loss to Skyline. Boyd Vanderkoi and Anthony Cosenza locked horns on a Thursday afternoon with both pitchers, pitching themselves out of jams. Cosenza gave up one solo run in the 2nd, while VanderKoi took a no hitter into the 6th. In the bottom of the 5th both offenses came alive. The Coyotes scored 5 runs on 5 consecutive hits to chase Cosenza. Not to go quietly the Eagles battled back in the top half of the 6th with 6 hits of their own to get to the bullpen and bring in 4 runs. With bases loaded and 2 outs the threat was ended on a ground ball to 3rd. Jason Katz and Zach Griffin would throw quality relief to keep the Eagles down only two into the 7th, but the centerfielder made a great running catch to the right center gap to end the game. The Eagles got RBI's from 4 different players and will continue their power point schedule with 2 games over spring break, Home vs. Mesa Tuesday and @ Desert Vista Wednesday.
Eagles take it down to Ttown 10-1
After a slow start, the Eagles busted open the game with 10 runs combined in the 4th and 6th innings. The Wolverines jumped out to a 1-0 lead and held it into the 4th inning. With 1 out, Nico Burgarello and Logan Bayus drew walks, and Coltin Daus tied it up with a base hit to left. Jacob Vesecky drew a walk to load the bases, and with 2 strikes Amari Bartee cleared the bases with a triple to right. Jayce Easley scored him with a single threw the right side. This would be all Dawson McCarville would need going all 7 innings, scattering 3 hits and striking out 7. In the 6th Coltin Daus hit a leadoff triple and was driven in by a sac fly, then Easley hit an RBI triple and was driven in by a Nick Alvarez single. The Eagles had 12 hits on the day including a 3 for 3 day from Easley and 4 for 4 from Daus. The Eagles finish the week with a game at Skyline Thursday.
Eagles retain the bell with a 7-1 W over Jaguars
Much like the Ryder Cup, tie goes to the team who owned the bell coming into the season. So the OC will keep the bell with a big 7-1 win over Boulder Creek. Anthony Cosenza pitched a 7 inning complete game scattering 5 hits and giving up the loan run. Nolan Gorman was a one man wrecking crew with a solo homerun in the 1st to start the scoring, then a GrandSlam in the 2nd to break the game wide open. That would be all the support Cosenza would need, as he minimized a solo run in the 3rd from a bases loaded situation, and was never in much trouble the rest of the game. Nick Alvarez had an RBI walk and Amari Bartee a sac fly RBI, to account for the other runs of the game.
Eagles drop first battle of the bell to the Jaguars 6-8
The Eagles traveled up to the BC and took on water from the start, giving up solo runs in the first and second, then 2 runs a piece in the 3rd, 4th and 5th. The Jaguars Mason Millet struck out 13 hitters in 6 1/3 innings. But in the 7th the Eagles found a little life with a Logan Bayus infield single, followed by 2 free passes. Nico Burgarello had his 3rd hit of the day with a 2 run single up the middle to bring the eagles within 3 runs. Another 2 free passes and a Jacob Vesecky infield single and the bases were loaded with 2 outs. On a 2-2 count the final Eagle struck out to end the game, and end the threat from the Eagles. Nolan Gorman launched his 4 homerun of the year with a solo shot in the 4th. The Eagles offense unfortunately had 15 strikeouts on the day. The OC will hope for better luck tomorrow with the second game of the series at home at 3:45.
Katz carries Eagles to 4-1 Victory over the Tigers
After 14 years of not facing each other, the Gilbert Tigers came to the OC to face off, and this time it went a little better. In 2003 the Eagles made their first playoff appearance at Gilbert and lost 10-0 in 5 innings. Today thanks to Jason Katz on the bump, the roles were reversed. Katz cruised through 7 innings, scattering 6 hits and punching out 4 Tiger hitters. Mason Skaugrud, Nico Burgarello, Tristen DeJesus and Amari Bartee all had 2 hits. The Eagles put up a solo run in the 2nd inning thanks to a Bartee single through the right side. The score we stay 1-0 until the 5th when the Eagles put up 3 runs thanks to a Burgarello double, Skaugrud single and Coltin Daus sac fly. Up 4-0 Katz finished off the game, giving up a lone run in the 7th on a sac fly.
Eagles win first Power Point game with a 13-2 run rule over the Champions
For the first time in OC history the Eagles played Caesar Chavez in the first power point game of the season. The Eagles jumped out for 6 runs in the 2nd thanks to an RBI triple from Jayce Easley, RBI double from Nick Alvarez and a 2 run double from Logan Bayus, Dawson McCarville would have all the support he needed going all 5 innings and only giving up 2 unearned runs in 60 pitches. The Eagles tacked on 2 in the 3rd thanks in part to a Nico Burgarello solo homer. The Eagles would finish the run rule with 5 more runs in the 4th thanks to a Tristen DeJesus RBI single and Nicholas Schouten 2 run double. It was Schoutens first hit of his varsity career, and on his birthday no less. The Eagles finish the week with a home game vs. Gilbert Thursday at 3:45.
Eagles drop to .500 with loss to Bears 5-8
The OC hosted Basha in the final game of the tournament and dropped a close one 5-8. The Bears scored a 3 spot in the 3rd inning to take the lead but the Eagles chipped away with 1 run in the 3rd and 2 in the 4th inning. The Bears hit a solo bomb of reliever Tucker Bates in the 5th, but he settled down to give the Eagles a chance with 3 strong innings in his first varsity outing. Nico Burgarello led off the bottom of 5th with a double and scored on a Tristan DeJesus infield single to tie the game up at 4. That is where we would stay into the 7th where the Bears strung together four hits for four runs, taking an 8-4 lead into the bottom of 7. The Eagles didn't give up with Nick Alvarez driving an RBI double to the gap and the tying run reaching base until the game ended on a strike out. Nick Alvarez was 3 for 4 on the day, while Tristen DeJesus was 2 for 2 with 2 RBI's and reached base in all 4 at bats. The Eagles start up power point games Tuesday night at Ttown at 6 pm.
Eagles get revenge on Badgers 13-4
The Eagles continued play in the Adam Donnefield tournament, with a big win over Prescott. This was a revenge game for the OC, as the Eagles lost 1-0 last season, in a game that really humbled the team. This year was a different story with the Eagles banging out 13 hits on the day including multiple hits from Nico Burgarello, Nolan Gorman, Nick Alvarez and Tristen DeJesus. Nolan Gorman really lead the offensive barrage with 2 homeruns on the day and 4 RBI's. The Eagles were down 4-3 after the first 3 1/2 innings, but put up a 4 spot in the 4th thanks in part to a Gorman sac fly, Coltin Daus sac fly and Alvarez single. The Eagle then broke things open in the 6th inning putting up 6 runs and getting to the bullpen. Anthony Cosenza got the win with 4 strong innings and Jason Katz pitched the final 3 for the save. The Eagles will take their show on the road to Kellis Friday, then back home Saturday vs. Basha.
Eagles Beat the Aztecs 6-2
The Eagles opened up the new season with longtime foe Corona Del Sol in town for a home opener, with the OC taking the W. Dawson McCarville threw 6 dominant innings, scattering 7 hits and giving up 1 lone run. McCarvile pitched out of a bases loaded 1 out jam in the 3rd with a 5-4-3 double play. The Eagles starting the scoring in the 2nd thanks to a Coltin Daus single, and Nick Alvarez scoring him on a wild play that ended with Alvarez on 3rd. Mason Skaugrud stroked his first hit with an RBI knock up the middle for the second run. Both teams were quiet until the Eagles exploded for 4 runs in the 6th, thanks in part to a 2 run double to the gap by Jacob Vesecky. Zack Griffin came on in the 7th to finish the game, thanks to a diving catch in left to end the game by Nick Alvarez. Eagles will continue tournament play Thursday with a home tilt vs. Prescott at 3:45.
Eagles season highlights
Eagles come up just short to Huskies 4-2, finish 3rd in the state of Arizona
The Eagles faced off in a pitchers duel and came up just short of the Hamilton Huskies. The Eagles offense couldn't get anything going, failing to get a runner to second base on the night, with 8 strikeouts and 3 double plays. Colby Wyatt and Austin Wiskow minimized the potent Hamilton offense, only giving up solo runs in the 1st,2nd, 3rd and 5th innings. But the offense could only muster a 2 run bomb from Nolan Gorman, his 11th on the year, en route to the 4-2 loss. The Eagles finish the year with a school record 30 wins and only 7 losses and a 3rd place finish in state.
Eagles shutdown Firebirds 7-1 to make it to final 3!
Keegan McCarville dominated from start to finish, throwing a complete game with 11 strikeouts, for the big victory over Chapparal. The Eagles turned this thing into a track meet, taking advantage of the firebirds with 10 walks, 4 stolen bases and 4 wild pitches. Jayce Easley started the scoring in the 2nd with an RBI chopper over the head of the first baseman to tie the score at 1. The Eagles would tack on 2 in the 4th as Bailin Markridge ripped a 2 out single up the middle with runners on 2nd and 3rd. The Eagles broke it open with 4 runs in the 6th thanks to a Markridge 2 RBI triple and Tanner Baker RBI drag bunt. McCarville made the lead stand by striking out the side in the 6th after 2 leadoff singles, and getting a bases loaded ground ball to 3rd to end the game. The Eagles move on to the final 3 where they will face the Hamilton Huskies for the chance to make it to the Championship game. Game time is Saturday night at 6:30 at Tempe Diablo.
Eagles reach the final 4 with a 4-0 win over Pumas
The OC Eagles and Perry Pumas locked horns for the 2nd time in a month and Ryan Alexander was again dominant, this time with a 2 hit shutout. Alexander struck out 8 en route to his best outing of the season, and at the perfect time. Nolan Gorman jump started the offense on his birthday with a towering homerun in the 4th to get the Eagles on the board. This was his school record breaking 10th homerun of the season. Nico Burgarello had an RBI single in the 5th to add another run, scoring Keegan McCarville from 2nd after a leadoff single. The Eagles would add 2 insurance runs in the top of the 7th as Jayce Easley would get his first hit, a 2 RBI single to left. Ryan Alexander would strike out the side in the 7th for the complete game. The Eagles now take on Chapparal in an elimination game Thursday at Diablo at 4 pm.
Eagles get to keep playing with a 12-2 upset victory of #1 ranked Bears
Back to the scene of the crime the Eagles played the Basha Bears at Diablo tonight. Both teams were coming off heartbreak losses less than 24 hours ago, and the Eagles played spoiler with 19 hits en route to run rule victory. The scoring started in the first when Bailin Markridge led off with a single and was scored by a Ryan Alexander 2 RBI single. Then Jacob Vesecky would pile on with a 2 RBI single of his own. Keegan McCarville would score on a passed ball to finish the 5 run first. A Trey Patnoe single would tack on another run in top half of 2nd. The Bears would pick up 2 in the bottom of second but the rally would be struck down by a very savvy Tanner Baker decoy in center and back pick of a runner for the 3rd out. The Eagles would then pile on 5 in the 5th thanks to a Nolan Gorman 2 RBI single and Trey Patnoe 2 RBI double. Markridge and Baker would each finish with 5 hits on the day. Colby Wyatt went the distance, only giving up 3 hits and 1 earned run. The Eagles are up next on Tuesday at 4 pm at Diablo.
Eagles dropped to loser bracket by Mt. Lions 4-5
In a wild game that came down to the last out, the Eagles just could not do enough to get the W and fall to Mt. Ridge for the 2nd time in two weeks. The Eagles took the lead with a run in the first thanks to a Tanner Baker 2 out single, and would stretch the lead to 3-1 in the 3rd thanks to a Nolan Gorman RBI single and Tanner Baker sac fly. But the Mt. Lions would not go away and came back with a 3 spot in the 4th to take a 1 run lead. The Eagles tied it in the 5th to set up some dramatics in the 7th. In the top half the Mt. Lions would get 1 run on a botched delay on the pitcher to take a 5-4 lead into the bottom of 7th. A leadoff Nico Burgarello single, walk by Bailin Markridge and sac bunt by Alvarez set up the scene. Nolan Gorman was intentionally walked and Tanner Baker came to the plate. After a 3-0 count Tanner worked it to full 3-2 and hit a hard ground ball to short that was picked and turned for a game ending double play. The Eagles will now fall to the losers bracket where they will meet Basha at Diablo at 4 pm Friday.
On to the stadiums! Eagles beat Thunder 8-1.
After a first round bye, the Eagles hosted the Desert Vista Thunder at home in a second round game. Ryan Alexander got the start and threw a complete game victory scattering 4 hits and striking out 4. Nolan Gorman launched his 9th homerun of the season to cap off the scoring, as the Eagles grinded out 11 hits. The Eagles got on the board in the first with a Cade Biddle bunt single followed by Tanner Baker and Trey Patnoe RBI singles. The Thunder got 1 in the 4th but the Eagles answered with 4 more runs, thanks to 3 singles in a row from Markridge, Patnoe and Keegan, then a big 2 RBI double on a hit and run from Nico Burgarello. In the 6th Biddle had a 2 out triple, followed by a pitching change that was welcomed with a Nolan Gorman 2 run blast to the right of the batters eye. That was all that Ryan Alexander and the defense needed as the Eagles played error less ball on the day. The Eagles will take their Mt. Ridge rivalry to the stadiums as they face off with the Mt. Lions at Tempe Diablo at 4 pm Thursday.
Eagles finish the regular season with an 11-2 victory over Tigers
In the first game in Eagles history vs. Millennium, the Eagles closed out the regular season with a 11-2 victory. Colby Wyatt went 5 strong innings, followed by Austin Wiskow striking out 2 in his inning of work, and Dawson McCarville striking out the last batter of the game. But the story was on offense were the Eagles played gorilla ball and stroked 15 hits. Nolan Gorman tied an OC record with 3 home runs in 3 straight plate appearances. In the 3rd Gorman hit a shot to straight away right field to give the Eagles a 3-1 lead. He stepped up again in the 4th with a runner on 2nd and hit a ball so high the outfielders couldn't find it and we assume it went over the fence in right center. Just for good measure in the 6th with runners on 1st and 3rd, Nolan hit another long ball to center, just to the right of the batters eye for his 3rd homerun of the night. Nick Alvarez was 3 for 4 on the night, while Tanner Baker was 2 for 4 and Trey Patnoe was 2 for 3 with his 2nd bomb of the year. Patnoe is the first Eagle in program history to hit a home run from both sides of the plate in a season. The Eagles will start the playoff run this next week, with the brackets coming out Thursday afternoon.
Eagles win the series vs. BC with a 9-2 win
The Eagles traveled to the home of the jaguars, in the back half of a home and away series, and came away with a 9-2 victory. The Eagles jumped out to an early lead with 3 in the first thanks to RBI's from Gorman, Markridge and Patnoe. The Eagles would break things open in the 4th, thanks to a Nick Alvarez 2 RBI single and Trey Patnoe 2 RBI double. The Eagles would give up a 2 spot in the bottom half of the 4th, but Keegan McCarville would settle down and cruise through 6 innings. After the Eagles got one more run in the 7th, Austin Wiskow would come in and have a 1-2-3 seventh inning. Alvarez and Patnoe had 2 hits a piece for the Eagles. The OC has one last game in the regular season, as they travel down to Millenium Wednesday night.
Eagles beat BC 3-1 in game 2 of the "Battle of the Bell"
Ryan Alexander dominated, throwing a complete game, while scattering 3 jaguar hits and giving up one (unearned) run. The offense scored 2 runs in the 4th on a misplayed sac bunt that was thrown down the right field line and scored 2 runs. That would give the Eagles all the offense they would need as Alexander would cruise through the final 3 innings. The Eagles managed 7 hits on the day with Tanner Baker leading the way going 2 for 2. The final game, of what has turned out to be a 3 game series this season vs. Boulder Creek, will be at BC on Thursday.
Eagles streak snapped against Mt. Lions
For the first time since 2010 the Eagles dropped a game to Mt. Ridge by the score of 2-1. The Eagles cruised through 6 innings with Colby Wyatt dominating on the bump and the offense manufacturing a run on a tear drop single down the right field line. The Mt. Lions scored 2 in the top of the 7th with a single and squeeze bunt to take the lead. The Eagles would get a leadoff single from Trey Patnoe and he would be bunted to 2nd, but 2 strikeouts ended the game. The Eagles managed only 3 hits on the game. Next up is senior day vs. Boulder Creek on Wednesday 3:45 start at the OC.
Eagles need 19 hits to top Vikings 14-7
In a game filled with 40 mile per hour winds blowing in from rightfield, the Eagles overcame a new school record 9 errors, to beat Sunnyslope 14-7. Dawson McCarville got the start and cruised through 3 innings, but ran into trouble in the 4th when the Eagles committed 5 errors to account for 4 unearned runs. Dawson would go 5 innings for the victory, followed by Johnny Fajardo who came in and mowed the Vikings down, only to be the recipient of more tough defense and 3 more errors to give up 3 unearned runs. Austin Wiskow worked the 7th going 1-2-3 to finish off the game. Offensively the Eagles played gorilla ball, pounding out 19 hits including 5 extra base hits. The Eagles scored 4 runs in each of the 1st, 6th and 7th innings. Bailin Markridge was 3 for 3, Cade Biddle 3 for 5, Tanner Baker 3 for 5 and Keegan McCarville 4 for 4. The Eagles are swinging hot bats going into Rivalry week, with Ridge home Tuesday, BC home for senior day Wednesday and at BC Thursday.
Eagles hold on to beat Pumas 5-4
In a great battle of top 10 teams, that came down to the final out, the Eagles came out on top with a 5-4 home victory over the Perry Pumas. In the first matchup in school history, the Eagles struck first with a 3 run blast over the hitter's eye by Nolan Gorman. The Eagles would tack on 2 more in the 3rd thanks to Keegan McCarville and Max Peters 2 out RBI singles. But with a 5-1 lead the Eagles just could not put the Pumas down quietly. Perry got a single run in the 5th and 2 in the 6th to set the stage for the final inning. In the top of the 7th with Keegan McCarville in for the save, the first batter grounded out to short for the first out. After an 0-2 single McCarville got the next hitter on a swinging strikeout for out 2. A shot to the gap was cut off by Markridge to keep runner's on the corners. With 1 strike on him, the nine hitter laced a shot intended for the right center gap, but Austin Wiskow jumped to the sky and snagged the ball right out of the air for the 3rd out and a victory. Ryan Alexander got his 7th win on the season, while Keegan McCarville got the save to go along with his 3 hits. The Eagles finish the week with a game under the Friday Night Lights at Sunnyslope.
Eagles streak is snapped at 18 with a 3-1 9th inning loss to Mustangs
In a hard fought game that both teams made some great plays in, the Eagles fell short to the Sunrise Mt. Mustangs 3-1. The Mustangs got on the board first with a single run in the 2nd, but Nolan Gorman tied it up in the 4th with a solo homerun. The Mustangs and Eagles would trade zeros into the top of the 9th inning, when a couple misplayed balls and a wild pitch led to the go ahead runs. The Eagles pitched their way out of jams all day with Colby Wyatt going 6+ innings scattering 4 hits, and Keegan McCarville went the last 3 only giving up 2 hits. McCarvilled came on in the 6th with 1st and 3rd no outs, a wild pitch play at the plate got the first out, then a second out on a delayed steal gunned down by Jacob Vesecky and finally a strikeout to end the threat. But the Eagles just couldn't score the walkoff run, with 4 chances with a runner in scoring position 3 of the last 4 innings. The Eagles look to start a new streak Thursday with Perry coming to town.
Eagles tame the Lions 8-2
The OC went back to Liberty, with a little revenge in mind from the whooping of last season, and handled the Lions for an 8-2 victory. Ryan Alexander was dominant all day, facing the minimum through 6 innings and completing the game by scattering 7 singles. The Eagles had 2 double plays and Jacob Vesecky threw out a runner to keep the minimum number of batters through 6 2/3 innings. Alexander helped himself out at the dish with a 2 RBI single that broke the game open in the 4th. Tanner Baker and Nico Burgarello each had 2 hits a piece, while Alexander and Burgarello had 2 RBI's.
Eagles shutout Coyotes 2-0
The OC welcomed Centennial to the yard today, and came away with a 2-0 shutout in one and a half hours. Both pitchers worked quickly, with Colby Wyatt taking a no-hitter into the 5th, and finishing with a 3 hitter. Wyatt tired out a bit in the 7th and Keegan McCarville came on to strikeout the final hitter to secure the victory and shutout. Offensively the Eagles managed just 6 hits, with Nolan Gorman getting 3 of them and Cade Biddle 2 singles. Biddle drove in the first run with a single in the 3rd. The Eagles added 1 in the 5th with a fluke bases loaded rundown that plated a run. The Eagles finish the week on Thursday with a game at Liberty.
Eagles tame the Huskies 12-2
For the first time in school history the OC locked horns with the Horizon Huskies, and prevailed with a 6 inning run rule victory. The Eagles scored 4 in the 1st thanks to a Tanner Baker RBI single, Nolan Gorman RBI single and Keegan McCarville 2 out 2 strike 2 RBI single. The Huskies got 2 in the 3rd to cut the lead in half, but the Eagles would get 3 in the 5th and 5 in the 6th, thanks to a Trey Patnoe double off the wall to drive in two and Tanner Baker 2RBI single. Nolan Gorman had the walkoff double for the Eagles. Ryan Alexander earned the win pitching into the 6th and Keegan McCarville shut the door ending a 2 on 0 out threat in the 6th without a run. Tanner Baker, Nolan Gorman and Coltin Daus has 2 hits a piece on the day. This brings the Eagles winning streak to 16 games.
Eagles beat the Jaguars for the Coach Bob Championship and the bell 9-6.
With 113 teams from around the nation, it is only fitting that the championship game would be played by the two host schools, OC and Boulder creek only 5 miles apart. With the championship on the line and the battle of the bell gaining another game, the Eagles found a way to pull out the 9-6 victory. The Eagles brought up 3 pitchers from the farm system including Brandon Moore who worked 4 strong innings and Nicholas Schouten who earned the victory in his first varsity game. The Eagles fell behind early 4-1 after some defensive miscues, but kept chipping way and took the lead in the 4th scoring 3. The Jaguars took the lead in the 5th. The Eagles would tie it in the 6th Thanks to a Nico Burgarello double, but couldn't get the go ahead run to score despite having runners at 2nd and 3rd with no outs. Schouten worked the 6th, stranding runners on 1st and 2nd, then the Eagles exploded for 3 runs in the 7th all after 2 outs. Walks, hit batsmen, wild pitches and Burgarello/Markridge singles led to the 3 runs. Dawson McCarville got the save in typical fashion, loading the bases then getting a 5-4-3 double play. The boys won the Championship trophy and got to ring the bell after the game.
Eagles beat Pioneers to make it to the Coach Bob Championship
The OC Eagles held on to beat the Simi Valley Pioneers 8-6, and make it to the championship game of the National Coach Bob Invitational, where they will face Boulder Creek in Anthem. Anthony Cosenza got a call up and threw 5 strong innings scattering 6 hits and striking out 3. Zack Griffin had his first outing of varsity baseball pitching the 6th and Dawson McCarville came in for the save in the 7th. The Eagles grinded out at bats from the start and chased the Pioneers starter after 4 innings and a 6-3 lead. Bailin Markridge was 2 for 2 with a triple, while Tanner Baker was 2 for 3 with a 2 RBI double. The dramma came in the finish as the Eagles went into the top of the 7th with a 4 run lead that was cut in half by a 2 run blast. McCarville came out to get 2 quick outs, then a walk and a double got the tying run into scoring position. But Dawson would not be denied and struck out the last hitter on a knee buckling slider for the save and 2 run Eagle Victory. The Eagles will play at 3:30 for the championship up at the BC.
Eagles pull out the 13th in a row with a 7-2 victory over the clippers.
With Xaverian New York out to another 2-0 lead, the Eagles offense responded in the 3rd inning with 5 runs to go ahead for good. Jacob Vesecky led off with a triple and was driven in by Bailin Markridge to cut the lead in half. Cade Biddle tied the game up with a single up the middle scoring Nico Burgarello. A dropped pop up gave the Eagles the lead, then Ryan Alexander drove in 2 runs with a double off the batters eye to finish the scoring in the inning. The Eagles tacked on 1 in the 5th with a Keegan McCarville RBI single, and 1 in the 6th with a Garret Arthur RBI double. Colby Wyatt got the W for the Eagles throwing 6 strong innings, with Johnny Fajardo closing it out with a scoreless 7th for the 7-2 victory.
Eagles beat the Warriors 11-3 for 12th win in a row
With the wind blowing out, it looked to be a sluggfest and the Eagles didn't let anyone down, as they pounded out 14 hits scoring 11 runs beating Nansemond River Virginia. The Eagles were actually down 2-0, after giving up a couple hits in the first to plate two. The offense responded with a leadoff walk, single through right side by Burgarello, and a drag bunt base hit for Baker. This loaded the bases for a blast from Nolan Gorman, his first grand slam of his career. The Eagles never looked back as Keegan McCarville work 4 strong inning, Dawson McCarville came on for 2 and Ryan Alexander closed out the 7th. Nico Burgarello was 3 for 4, Tanner Baker 2 for 4 and Nolan Gorman 4 for 4 on the day. The Eagles continue with pool play vs. Xaverian NY who won a football game 18-17 in the early game.
Eagles beat the Eagles 8-6
The OC Eagles again started off flat, but finished strong vs. the Heritage Eagles, for a big 2 run victory to finish off the first half of the Coach Bob Spring tourney. The game started with the look of a signature OC game, with the first 3 hitters reaching safely on drag bunts in the bottom of the first. A sac fly and single would score 2 to take a lead into the 2nd. The wheels fell off in the 2nd as the OC gave up a 6 spot. But like they did the first game, the OC fought back strong and put up 3 in the 3rd, 2 in the 4th and 1 in the fifth. The Eagles managed 16 hits with Cade Biddle leading the way, going 4 for 4. Tanner Baker started the scoring with his first homerun of the season to cut into the 6-3 lead, Then an outfield error and Coltin Daus 2 out single brought the Eagles to within 1 at 6-5. Keegan McCarville tied it with a 2 out single, then Cade Biddle took the lead for good with a single to follow and lead of 7-6 after 4. Again Johnny Fajardo came on in relief and threw 3 shutout innings for his second win of the day. Keegan was 3 for 4, Nico Burgarello, Nick Alvarez, Coltin Daus and Tanner Baker all had 2 hits.
Eagles come back to beat the Bears 6-2
Down 2-1 heading into the bottom of the 5th inning to Bear Creek from West Denver, the Eagles put up a 4-spot and take the lead for good. Keegan McCarville led off the 5th with a single, and was driven in by a Ryan Alexander single, then Marco Cotto hit a 2 RBI single to take the lead. Colby Wyatt topped off the inning with an RBI double. Bailin Markridge led off the 6th with a stand up triple and scored on a sac fly from McCarville to finish the scoring. Johnny Fajardo threw 2 2/3 innings of relief to pick up the win in the first game of a double header. Keegan and Ryan led the Eagles total of 9 hits, with 2 hits a piece on the game.
Eagles beat Oly's 11-0
Ryan Alexander scattered 3 hits while striking out 7 in 5 innings, and the offense put together 14 hits on the day for the run rule victory over the Sprague Olympians from Salem, Oregon. The Eagles jumped out with 4 in the 2nd, 4 more in the 3rd and 3 in the 4th to cap off the short game. Bailin Markridge was 3 for 4 with 3 RBI's on the day, while Trey Patnoe, Colby Wyatt and Jacob Vesecky all had 2 hits a piece. The Eagles got hits from 9 different p;layers on the day and will finish off the first half of the Coach Bob tourney with a doubleheader Thursday morning at 9:30 and 12:30.
Eagles beat Dakota Ridge 11-5
Keegan McCarville struck out 13 in 6 innings to lead the Eagles to an 11-5 victory over Dakota Ridge, Colorado. The Eagles led 5-3 leading into the bottom of the 6th, then put up a 6 spot highlighted by a Coltin Daus 2 RBI single, Dawson McCarville RBI single and Cade Biddle RBI single. The Eagles are now 2-0 in the tourney and will play again Wednesday at 12:30 vs. Sprague High School from Salem Oregon.
Eagles open up coach Bob with a 15-5 run rule victory
Colby Wyatt tossed a complete game in the 5 inning victory, while the bats and the high sky led to 15 runs from the Eagles offense over Thurston Oregon. Marco Cotto led the offense with a 3 for 3 day with 2 doubles. Trey Patnoe and Garrett Arthur also had 2 hits a piece. The Eagles scored 5 in the 2nd inning and 7 in the 3rd to blow things out. Up next is Dakota Ridge Colorado on Tuesday at 3:30.
Eagles break open the Pioneers 8-1
A game that was closer than the score would make it appear, the Eagles stormed back after being down 1-0 heading into 4th. Two runs later and the Eagles held the lead for good, thanks to a leadoff double from Tanner Baker, sac fly from Nolan Gorman and Trey Patnoe scoring after a 1out double. Ryan Alexander would settle in and dominate 6 innings, scattering 5 singles. That allowed the offense to break things open with 5 in the 6th thanks to a Tanner Baker 2 RBI double, Coltin Daus RBI single, and Jacob Vesecky RBI double. Baker was 3 for 3 on the day, Coltin Daus 4 for 4 and Jacob Vesecky 2 for 3. The Eagles start the AIA season at 7-1, and now take 2 weeks off for the Coach Bob Tourney.
Eagles come back to beat Wolves 6-4
The OC jumped out to a 3-0 lead through 3 1/2 innings thanks to a Jacob Vesecky sac fly, and a double steal with Ryan Alexander. The Eagles gave up a pair of runs in each of the 4th and 5th innings to be down 3-4. They responded with a big 3 run inning in the 6th. Trey Patnoe led off with a single, followed by Ryan Alexander getting his second of 3 hits on the day. A wild pitch, and Nico Burgarello infield single, loaded the bases with no outs. Coltin Daus tied it up with a sac fly to left, then after loading the bases with 2 outs, Nick Alvarez hit a laser up the middle for a clutch 2 RBI single, to put the Eagles up for good. Keegan McCarville came on in relief of Colby Wyatt to get the 2 inning save. The Eagles finish off the first 3rd of the season with a game at Pinnacle on Wednesday.
Eagles finish week 4-0 with a 11-1 win over Broncos
The Eagles continued with the hot bats today as they smacked 11 hits and scored 11 runs in 5 innings to beat the Brophy Broncos 11-1. Dawson McCarville threw in and out of trouble all day for the complete game victory with 3 strikeouts. Bailin Markridge, Tanner Baker, Nick Alvarez and Ryan Alexander had 2 hits a piece, while Nolan Gorman had 3 RBI's. Again the Eagles continue to do damage with 2 outs, driving in 5 of the 11 runs with 2 outs. The Eagles scored 4 runs in the 2nd thanks to an RBI single from Markridge and 2 RBi single from Baker. Then broke things open with 4 more in the 4th thanks to a Trey Patnoe sac fly, Ryan Alexander double and 2 runs scored on wild pitches. In the 5th Tanner Baker crushed a double to the gap and scored the winning run on a sac fly by Nolan Gorman. The OC finished the week at 4-0 by scoring 47 runs in the 4 games. 2 more AIA games Monday/Wednesday next week before the Coach Bob tourney.
Eagles beat Thunder in a slugfest 14-8
The Eagles pitching staff has been carrying the team all season, but today it was time for the offense to pick em up, and that is just what the offense did. The Eagles had 17 hits today including at least one from every player in the starting lineup. Trey Patnoe lead off the barage with a solo blast to rightfield in the 2nd inning. Nico Burgarello had a big 2 RBI single in the 3rd to give the Eagles a 4-1 lead after 3. Three two out hits in a row by Markridge, Alvarez and Baker, and it seemed like the Eagles would run away from the Thunder of Desert Vista. But in the bottom of the 4th the Thunder got 4 runs to get with in one on the scoreboard. The OC would answer with 3 big runs in the 5th and 6th,thanks in part to the first varsity home run from Jacob Vesecky, but again let the Thunder back in the game with 3 runs in the bottom of 6th to get with in 1 run. Then the Eagles broke it open in the top of the 7th with 5 more runs thanks to Tanner Baker and Ryan Alexander RBI's and a 2 RBI single from Trey Patnoe. Dawson McCarville shut the door in the 7th for to seal the win. The Eagles finish their only 4 game AIA week with a game Thursday at home vs. Brophy.
Eagles score double digits for 2nd straight game
The OC traveled down to Papago sports complex and pounded out 11 hits, en route to a 12-0 six inning victory over the St. Mary's Knights. Bailin Markridge went 3 for 4 with 3 RBI's scoring 2 times, Jacob Vesecky was 2 for 3 with 2 RBI's, Nolan Gorman was 2 for 3 with an RBI and Tanner Baker went 2 for 4 scoring once. Colby Wyatt threw a complete game shutout, working out of multiple jams. Wyatt had 5 strikeouts and induced 2 inning ending double plays on the night. The Eagles are halfway thru their 4 game week, and travel down to Desert Vista on Wednesday.
Eagles pound the Pride 10-1
In a game against an opponent the Eagles havn't seen for 10 years, the OC beat up on the Mt. Point Pride 10-1. Ryan Alexander was dominant again, going 5 strong innings and striking out 8. Austin Wiskow threw the last 2, striking out 3. The offense jumped on top in the first with a 2 run blast from Nolan Gorman. The Eagles never trailed after that, scoring 4 runs in the 3rd, thanks to a clutch 2 run double by Gorman driving in Markridge and McCarville. Trey Patnoe drove in Gorman with a double to make it back to back. Tanner Baker had an RBI single, Nico Burgarello an RBI single and Bailin Markridge a 2 RBI double in the 5th. This game started a 4 game week for the Eagles, as they go on the road to Papago sports complex to face St. Mary's at 7 pm Tuesday night.
Eagles drop one to Dorados 1-0
Traveling to Tucson for only the second time in school history, the Eagles dropped a 1-0 ball game to Canyon Del Oro. The Eagles managed only 2 hits on the day and just couldn't get a run up on the board. Keegan McCarville was the tough luck loser for the OC, going 6 innings with 7 strikouts and giving up just the lone run in the 6th. The Eagles got the tying run to 2nd and go ahead run at first, in the 7th with 1 out, but couldn't get a hit to drive them in. The Eagles will prepare for a 4 game week next week. Tanner Baker and Coltin Daus had a hit a piece for the Eagles.
Eagles run rule Matadors
After a tough week last week with only 19 hits in 4 games, the Eagles exploded in their first AIA power point game for 13 hits and 11 runs. Coltin Daus got the start and proceeded to have 2 hits and score 3 runs, including the first run on the board in the 2nd inning to get things started. In the 3rd the floodgates opened up as the Eagles sent 12 men to the plate including Bailin Markridge with a triple and a single in the same inning. Colby Wyatt was dominant in the game going 5 innings and only giving up 1 unearned run, while facing only 3 over the minimum thanks to two big double plays. Tanner Baker had 2 hits, as well as Nolan Gorman. Keegan McCarville was good for 3 RBI's on the day. Up next for the OC is a trip down to Tucson to play old 4A nemesis Canyon Del Oro.
Eagles offense stalls, lose to Badgers
The offense never got on track today and the Eagles got shut out for the first time of the year in a 1-0 loss. Both teams struggled to do much offensively with Prescott getting 6 hits and the OC only managing 4. The lone run of the game scored on a wild pitch in the first after a botched rundown put runners at 2nd and 3rd. Tanner Baker worked a solid 4 innings, and senior Johnny Fajardo got his first action of the year with three shutout innings. Marco Cotto got a one out hit in the 7th and courtesy runner Austin Wiskow moved over to third on a pick play thrown away. With one out the Eagles suffered back to back strikeouts to end the game. Next up is a powerpoint game on Tuesday at home vs. Shadow Mt.
Eagles hold on late to beat Wolves
The Eagles traveled to Chandler high for the first time in 13 years and came away with a victory this time. Ryan Alexander had a dominant performance on the mound striking out 9 batters in 5 innings of work. Austin Wiskow came on in relief and got a 6-4-3 double play to get out of his inning unscathed. With the score 5-1 in the bottom of the 7th things got interesting. The Eagles walked the bases loaded, then gave up a bloop single to put the tying run at 1st base, and score at 5-2. Bailin Markridge then induced another 6-4-3 double play. Then things got very interesting. On an apparent swing of a third strike (only the homeplate umpire knew he swung) we had a catcher overthrow the toss back to the pitcher. At which point the batter raced to first and beat out the throw. So with bases loaded again and tying run at 2nd Dawson McCarville came in to shut the door and he threw a couple nasty sliders for a strikeout and the 1-out save. Trey Patnoe had 2 of the Eagles four hits on the day, as the OC scored 3 of their 5 runs on sac flys. The Eagles conclude the Adam Donnefield Tournament with a game vs. Prescott, Saturday morning at 10:00 am.
Eagles break it open late to beat Bears
The home opener on the year and the Eagles scored big late to beat the Basha Bears 7-2. The Eagles jumped out early with a run in the first on a Bailin Markridge leadoff single. He scored on one of 3 wild pitch scores on the day. The Bears tied it in the 3rd with a solo run, but the Eagles answered back with 2 in the 5th thanks to another leadoff run on wild pitch by Markridge and RBI single from Max Peters. The Bears got one more back in the 6th but Keegan McCarville finished up his outing by getting a huge soft liner double play to second to end the threat with tying run doubled off second. Keegan ended up pitching 6 solid innings with 8 strikeouts on the day. The Eagles busted it open with 4 more runs in the 6th, thanks to a big 2 RBI triple from Baker, and an RBI double from Gorman. The Eagles made the most of 6 hits today, using 3 wild pitch runs and 4 walks to their advantage. Up next is @ Chandler Friday.
Eagles fall short against Aztecs
The Eagles opened up the season in familiar territory at Corona Del Sol high school, but fell short today 3-6. The Eagles were out hit 13-5 against the Aztecs. Colby Wyatt got the opening day start but took the loss after his 4 inning outing that was finished by Austin Wiskow. Bailin Markridge had two hits for the Eagles, but they just couldn't get a clutch hit when they needed it. The Aztecs got 2 runs in each of the 2nd, 4th and 6th innings. The Eagles are at home Thursday for the home opener against Basha high school at 3:45.
Monday 21st- 10:30-12:30 Tucker Mitchell
12:30 - 2:30 Tristen Anthony
Tuesday 22nd 8:30 - 10:30 Cal/Nate Brendt Kyle Brayden
10:30 - 12:30 Nick BMoore
12:30 - 2:30 Tyler DeJesus
Wednesday 23rd Dinsmore
Thursday 24th 8:30 - 10:30 Katz Marco Chance
10:30 - 12:30 Noah Mason Jacob Sargent Bryce
Tis the season for volunteering
For the second year in a row a the baseball boys took some time out of their busy study schedules to spread some joy and help out at Lifestream, an assisted living facility. The boys helped put up Christmas decorations, listened to stories and passed out candy canes and flowers.
National Signing Day
Ryan Alexander - Grand Canyon Bailin Markridge - Cal Poly Colby Wyatt - Cornell
Eagles lose to Wolves in extra innings 6-3
In a great back and forth game, the Eagles came up just short in a first round playoff loss to Chandler. The Eagles came in as the #15 seed hosting #18 Chandler. The two teams met earlier in the season with the wolves whooping the Eagles 11-2. Today was a much better game. The Wolves jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first, but the Eagles would respond with 1 in the 3rd thanks to a wild pitch scoring Bailin Markridge. The Eagles would then go on a run of pitching in and out of jams. In the 4th with the bases loaded, 1 out and the best Wolves hitter up, Zach Humphrey came in to get the strikeout pop up to get out of it unscathed. Then in the 5th the Eagles would take the lead, when with 2 out Humphrey was hit by pitch, then advance to 3rd on a Tanner Baker base hit. A second wild pitch would score 1 then Ryan Alexander would drive in a run on a single for a 3-1 lead. The Wolves would tie it up in the 6th with 2 runs, but the highlight was with runners on 2nd and 3rd Austin Wiskow came in to get a comebacker and fly ball to keep the game tied. The Eagles would squander chances with runners in scoring position in the 6th and 7th so in extra innings the Wolves would scrap together 3 runs. The Tying run came to the plate in the bottom half of the 8th, but to no avail. The Eagles came up just short, but what a game for the fans and everyone involved.
Eagles beat Coyotes to keep playoff hopes alive
With their backs against the wall and in a back and forth game filled with some dramma, the Eagles prevailed with a 13-3 victory. With the scored tied at 2-2 in the 4th, Aaron Prado hit a 2 out solo bomb to take the lead. After Centennial tied it up in the 5th, the Eagles put up a 7 spot, thanks to a 3 run bomb from Garrett Arthur. Arthur was 2 for 4 with 3 RBIs off the bench and was helped by Bailin Markridge who had 3 RBI's as well. Prado was 2 for 2 on the day. Colby Wyatt got the win going 6 strong innings with 8 strikeouts. There were questionable calls all over the field, but the team really battled through it all for the victory. The Eagles now await their fate, finding out on Thursday if/when the playoffs will begin.
Eagles pull off the sweep of the Mt. Lions
Colby Wyatt dominated the Mt. Ridge mountain lions for a huge 3-1 win, keeping the Eagles playoff hopes alive. In a hard fought game by both teams and a matchup of two of the best arms in the state, Colby came out on top scattering 5 singles while giving up an unearned run. The Eagles drew first blood with a run in the first thanks to a leadoff hit by pitch, Bailin Markridge double and Tanner Baker RBI groundout. The Mt. Lions would tie it up in the 2nd thanks to an infield single, but the Eagles defense would lock down the rest of the way. Wyatt got a bases loaded 4-6-3 double play to escape the 4th inning, then the Eagles offense would come through with 2 runs in the bottom half thanks to 3 walks and a Bailin Markridge infield single. The tying run would come to the plate in the 7th but Wyatt struck out the last hitter for the compete game victory. The Eagles have 2 more games in the regular season, Monday @ Sunrise Mt. and Tuesday @ Centennial.
Eagles shutdown by Lions
The Liberty Lions shut down the Eagles offense to the tune of 1 hit, a misplayed infield pop up. Max Peters was the only hitter to not strike out on the day, as the Eagles suffered 11 punchouts. The Eagles battled on offense giving up only a solo run in the first but in the 3rd the lions got 3 runs and 2 more in the 5th. In the 6th the Lions got 4 runs after 2 quick outs to walkoff the Eagles. Next up in the neighborhood games is the Rivalry game at home vs. Mt. Ridge on Friday.
Eagles come up short in a loss to #2 Mesquite
Facing the #2 ranked Mesquite Wildcats the Eagles came out on the wrong end of a 13-1 blowout. The Eagles just couldn't slow down the Wildcats offense, giving up 17 hits to go along with 9 walks/hit by pitch. The lone run for the Eagles was a solo homerun from Nico Burgarello, his 3rd on the season. The Eagles have four remaining regular season games to go, including the neighborhood rivalry, starting with Liberty on Wednesday.
Eagles lose to Wildcats 7-1
For the first time in the history of the program, the Eagles lost to Willow Canyon. The Wildcat pitcher, Donahue, threw a complete game 4-hitter with 10 strikeouts. The Eagles gave up 6 runs in the first 3 innings thanks to some defensive miscues all around the field. Aaron Prado was the lone Eagle with 2 hits on the day, including a shot off the batters eye in center for a double. The Eagles now have 5 games remaining as they cling to their playoff hopes.
Eagles explode for 16 runs vs. Ttown
Under the lights in Tolleson the Eagles broke open a 4-1 ballgame with 2 runs in the 5th and 10 runs in the 6th for a 16-1 run rule victory. Tanner Baker and Nico Burgarello did plenty of damage tonight with Nico getting the OC on the board with a 2 run homer in the 1st. Tanner was 4 for 5 with 4 RBI's on the night, while Nico was 4 for 4 with 5 RBI's on the night. Colby Wyatt pitched 5 strong innings giving up the lone run, and Big Jake Hatfield came on to strike out the side in the 6th. Ryan Alexander was 3 for 4 on the night and Keegan McCarville was 2 for 2. Next up for the Eagles is a home contest vs. Willow Canyon on Wednesday.
Eagles drop the bell series to the BC
The Eagles dropped back to back games to the Jaguars by the score of 6-4. With the score 2-1 with the tying run at 3rd and no outs, the Eagles could not capitalize and tie it up. So with the momentum the Jaguars put up a 4 spot in the top of the 5th thanks to a 3 run bomb by Mitchel Allen. The Eagles didn't go away quietly scoring 3 runs in the 6th thanks to a Bailin Markridge RBI single and Tanner Baker 2 run single, but again the Eagles just couldn't get any closer and went down quietly in the 7th. Back to work next week as the Eagles are at Ttown on Monday night and home vs. Willow Canyon Wednesday.
Eagles win streak snapped at 6
The Jaguars of Boulder Creek came out victorious in the first battle for the bell contest with a 5-4 victory. The game was back and forth through out but the Eagles just could not overcome themselves. Tanner Baker was the hard luck loser going 4 + and Austin Wiskow was solid again in relief. Tanner Baker had 3 hits on the day, Nico Burgarello had 2 hits including a double and triple, and Max Peters had 2 singles. The two teams square off again on Friday at the OC.
Eagles pound Rattlers 10-0
Tanner Baker started the scoring off with a solo bomb in the first inning and the offense never looked back with 12 total hits on the day. The Eagles got 4 more runs in the 2nd thanks to an Aaron Prado RBI single and a Trey Patnoe 2 RBI single. With 3 more runs in the 3rd inning, the Eagles only needed an Austin Wiskow RBI single in the 5th followed later by a Dakota Solis walkoff single for the run rule victory. Colby Wyattt was very impressive giving up 1 debatable hit in the 2nd and cruising for the CG. The Eagles play a home and away series with BC starting at their place on Thursday.
Eagles win 5th in a row, beat Skyhawks
The Eagles hosted Deer Valley today and escaped with a 5-3 win in the first of four games this week. Ryan Alexander had a 2 RBI double to get the Eagles on the board. Shaky defense on the day would lead to 3 unearned runs, but the Eagles would put up a solo run in the 4th on a Trey Patnoe single, and 2 more runs in the 6th, thanks to an Aaron Prado RBI triple! and Patnoe sac fly to score him. The Eagles managed just 7 hits on the day with Tanner Baker having the lone multi hit game going 2 for 2. Keegan McCarville got the no-decision, going 5 innings, then Anthony Cosenza came on to face the minimum thru the last 2 and get the W. The Eagles host the Rattlers of North Canyon on Tuesday.
OC wins the battle of the Eagles 7-4
O'Connor went under the lights at Ironwood and came away with a 7-4 victory. Zach Humphrey threw 5 shutout innings to lead the OC. Nico Burgarello got the good Eagles on the board in the 4th with his first homer of the season, a 2 run shot to right field. In the top half of the 6th the OC batted thru the lineup scoring 4 more times highlighted by a Tanner Baker 2 RBI single. The Eagles took a 6-0 lead into the bottom of the 6th and ran into a bit of trouble. After loading the bases, the OC went to Anthony Cosenza out of the pen who induced a double play, then got a tapper back to the mound, to escape with a 6-1 lead. There was more dramma in the 7th when the OC had a tough time getting that elusive last out. After a couple runs Cosenza got a ground ball to 2b to end the game. The Eagles finished the spring break 2-0 and have won 8 of their last 9 games.
Eagles beat Vikings 6-4
The O'Connor Eagles scored solo runs in the 4th,5th and 6th innings to beat the Sunnyslope Vikings 6-4. The Eagles jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the 2nd with RBI singles by Nolan Gorman, RBI groundout by Keegan McCarville and wild pitch. The Vikings tied it in the third then took a 4-3 lead into the 4th. Then the Eagles struck back thanks to an RBI single from Nico Burgarello in the 4th. Aaron Prado had a sac fly RBI in 5th and Tanner Baker a sac fly in the 6th. Colby Wyatt pitched 4 strong innings then Austin Wiskow was lights out in relief going 3 innings for the win. This leaves one more game on the spring break, in the battle of Eagles, at Ironwood at 5:30 Thursday night.
Eagles finish in 5th place in Tourney
Your O'Connor Eagles had a comeback win, to beat Chaparral Colorado 5-4, and finish in 5th place in the Coach Bob National Invitational. Down a run going into the bottom of the 7th, Bailin Markridge led off with a 4 pitch walk, and was moved to 2nd on a groundout. With a pitching change made to bring in the righty matchup, Dakota Solis crushed the first pitch he saw for a double off the wall, to tie the game at 4. Ryan Alexander then drilled the next pitch up the middle for the walkoff victory. The Eagles finished the 8 game tourney with 6 wins and 2 losses. Next up for the Eagles are 2 spring break power point games, hosting Sunnyslope on Tuesday and at Ironwood on Thursday night.
Eagles sweep Arkansas 11-8
The Eagles faced off with another tough Arkansas team from Bentonville on Wednesday and came out on top of a slug fest 11-8. O'Connor spotted them 5 runs in the first, on a grand slam, but came back to put up runs in 5 of 6 innings. Max Peters and Ryan Alexander started things off in the first, cutting the lead to only three, on an RBI single and ground out. In the second the Eagles tied the game with three runs on an RBI single from Dakota Solis, double from Alexander and single from NIco Burgarello. The Eagles got 2 more in the 3rd thanks to a 2 RBI double from Giorgio Thomas, one in the 4th on an RBI groundout, and 3 more in the 5th with an RBI double from Peters and single from Alexander. Tanner Baker, Jake Hatfield and Keegan McCarville combined on the mound to keep the Eagles victors, while Peters was 3 for 3, Alexander was 2 for 4 and Thomas was 2 for 4. Last game of the tournament is Thursday vs. Chaparral Colorado at 3:30 at home.
Eagles streak snapped at 32, lose heartbreaker
The Eagles pushed their scoreless innings streak to 32, with starter Colby Wyatt throwing 5 scoreless innings to start the game, but the Westview wildcats tied the game up in the 7th and took the lead in the 8th to beat the Eagles 5-3. The Eagles jumped out to a 3-0 lead thanks to a second inning Bailin Markridge RBI single and a 4th inning Tanner Baker 2 out 2 RBI single. But the defense couldn't hold em, as the Eagles gave up 2 in the 6th, then the tying run scored with 2 outs to send the game into extras. Bailin Markridge was 3 for 3 on the day, but the Eagles managed just 5 hits on the day. The Eagles continue tournament play Wednesday vs. Benton Arkansas at 3:30.
Eagles pitchers push scoreless innings streak to 27 innings
Bailin Markridge and Jake Hatfield combined on a 6 inning shutout to beat Lancaster Ca 11-0 in 6 innings. Nico Burgarello drove in 2 runs and scored 2 runs while hitting 2 triples on the day. Max Peters had 2 hits and 2 RBI as well, as the Eagles put up a 5 spot in the 3rd and 3 in the 6th for the walkoff win. Pitch Mason Brion finished the game off with a bases loaded double to end it. This victory gets the Eagles into the final round of 8 in the Coach Bob tournament and they square off with Westview Oregon on Tuesday at 3:30.
Eagles sweep the weekend
Your O'Connor Eagles won all three games this weekend, beating teams from Oregon, California and Arkansas. The weekend started with a Friday double dip and the Eagles got the bats back on track with a 12-2 thumping of Sprague High School, from Salem Oregon. Dakota Solis was 2 for 3 with 2 RBI's and Aaron Prado 2 for 4 with 2 RBI's. In the nightcap it was all Keegan McCarville. The junior pitcher got his first start and proceeded to go 7 shutout innings scattering 5 hits for the win. Dakota Solis again was affective going 3 for 3 with 2 runs and Ryan Alexander got in on the action going 2 for 3 with 2 RBI's. The Eagles completed the weekend beating the #7 ranked team in the nation, Fayettville Arkansas in walkoff fashion with a 1-0 8 inning victory. Zach Humphrey was on his game going the full 8 innings on only 63 pitches. With 1 out in the 8th Bailin Markridge ripped a single up the middle. Then on a hit and run, Tanner Baker drove a pitch over the right fielders head for a walkofff triple. The Eagle look to continue the momentum with a single game Monday-Thursday this week to conclude the tournament.
Eagles drop 3rd in a row to Chandler 11-3
Three in a row gets you a hat trick in Hockey and a turkey in bowling, but just more headaches in baseball. Such is the case with the Eagles who have a tough time out vs. Chandler high in the first game of the Coach Bob Invitational. The Eagles managed 8 hits and 3 late runs against a tough pitching staff. Meanwhile the Eagles gave up 13 hits with 4 walks and 3 hit batsmen. The Eagles will try to get things right vs. Sprague high school from Salem Oregon on Friday at 12:30.
Eagles scoreless streak comes to 14 innings
The Eagles lost to Mountain View by the score of 6-0. The Eagles could just not get anything going offensively, getting only 3 hits on the day. On the flip side the Toros scored 6 runs on the day, and all of the runs scored with 2 outs on the scoreboard. The Eagles had a chance to make things interesting in the 6th, as they worked the bases loaded with 1out, but back to back strikeouts nullified the momentum. The Eagles now take two weeks off from power point games and will start up the Coach Bob Invitational.
Eagles can't get offense going fall 0-4 to Pioneers
Johnny Walker, of Pinnacle, pitched a complete game shutout, giving up only 5 hits to hold the Eagles offense in check. The Pioneers got 3 first inning unearned runs to jump to a lead, and the Eagles just could not get anything going. The OC had bases loaded in the 7th, but as with the rest of the game, just could not get the big hit to score some runs. Aaron Prado was 2 for 3 on the day with a double to the wall, and Nico Burgarello also had a double. Zack Humphrey got the loss, but really competed for 5 innings, then Jake Hatfield came on and pitched a scoreless final 2 innings.
Eagles create their own storm to take down Monsoon 11-4
The Eagles bats came out hot putting up 5 runs in the first to jump out to a big lead, and the defense put things in cruise control for the road victory. Colby Wyatt had a big 2 RBI double in the first, as did Bailin Markridge, to get the offense on track. Colby Wyatt worked a hard 4 innings for the win, with Austin Wiskow being lights out for the 3 inning save. On the day Max Peters was 3 for 4 with 3RBI's, Dakota Solis 3 for 4, Colby Wyatt 2 for 3 with 3 RBI's and Bailin Markridge 2 for 3 with 3 RBI's. The Eagles make up a previous rainout vs. the Pioneers of Pinnacle on Wednesday.
Eagles come from behind to beat the Mt. Lions
The show must go on, and nothing heals the heart like a little bit of fun. What a game it was today at Mt. Ridge as the Eagles came from down a run the in the 7th to beat the Mt. Lions 7-5. The Eagles jumped out to an early 3-0 lead thanks to earning 5 walks in the first 3 innings. Tanner Baker cruised into the 5th then some shaky defense led to the Mt. Lions putting up a 4 spot. Neither team scored in the 6th, which gave us the setting for some heroics in the 7th. Aaron Prado led off with a double down the line. After a strikeout, Ryan Alexander reached safely on an error to give the Eagles 1st and 3rd with 1 out. A successful hit and run by Bailin Markridge, drove in the tying run and placed hitters at 1st and 2nd. Trey Patnoe pinch hit and hit a ball over the centerfielders head to bring in the go ahead run. Tanner Baker then hit a ball to the gap for 2 more RBI's. The Eagles took a 7-4 lead into the bottom Half. Anthony Cosenza came on, and after allowing 2 leadoff hits, was able to shut the Mt. Lions down for a 7-5 victory. Humphrey W, Cosenza S, Baker 2 hits 2 RBI, Solis 2 hits, Peters 2 hits, Arthur 2 hits 2 SB.
Broncos beat Eagles 5-2
In the regular season home opener defensive miscues led to 5 runs and the Eagles couldn't overcome them offensively. Colby Wyatt was the hard luck loser going 4+ innings giving up 4 runs. Max Peters had 2 hits and an RBI to lead the way for the Eagles at the plate.
The Passing of a legend
It is with a heavy heart that we announce that former Eagles assistant, and Oregon Hall of Fame coach Bill Baumgartner passed away this morning. He was surrounded by his wife Diane of 45 years, his sons Terry (head coach at Feather River CC) and Jeff (head coach at O'Connor) and daughter Susie. Coach Baumgartner was on staff with the Eagles for many years and a fan next to the dugout for the last few.
Eagles beat Kofa 11-0 in first run rule victory of the season
Zack Humphrey continued the pitching dominance of the weekend, with 5 shutout innings, limiting the Kings to 3 hits and striking out 2. The offense continued it's hot hitting with 10 total hits including 2 from Tanner Baker, Dakota Solis, Nico Burgarello, and Trey Patnoe. Baker and Burgarello each had 2 RBI's as well to lead the Eagles. The OC finished the preseason tourney with a 3-1 record. Onto this week with 3 power point games: Home vs. Pinnacle Monday, Home vs. Brophy Tuesday and at Ridge Friday.
Eagles win under the lights vs. Cibola 8-0
Anthony Cosenza dominated on the mound, going 6 shutout innings in 51 pitches, to lead the Eagles to their second victory of the tournament. Cosenza was in control from the opening inning and only gave up 5 total hits. Keegan McCarville threw the last inning in relief and the Eagles got plenty of offense to win handily. Aaron Prado continued to start his senior season strong with 3 hits and 4 RBI including launching a ball into the canal in left field for his first homer of the season. Dakota Solis and Colby Wyatt were each 2 for 3 in the victory.
Eagles suffer loss to Aztecs 2-12 in 6 innings
The Eagles could not keep the momentum from the previous night, losing a tough game. The Eagles continue to hurt themselves only giving up 5 hits, but 12 runs on 6 walks 3 hit batsmen and 4 errors. Offensively Dakota Solis had 2 hits and Max Peters another extra base hit. Anthony Cosenza had his first varsity hit, an RBI single in the 6th. The Eagles are back at it Friday night at Brophy under the lights at 6:00 vs. Yuma Cibola
Eagles Win season opener 4-3
With the unveiling of the new scoreboard, the Eagles decided to use darn near every lightbulb on it to beat Seton Catholic 4-3 in 8 innings. Bailin Markridge was the hero with a walk off single with the bases loaded, after a one out triple by Max Peters. Seton then loaded the bases to face Markridge, who drove a pitch down the left field line. The Eagles pitching was real good today, only giving up 3 hits and 3 unearned runs. The defense has a little work to do after a 5 error performance to start the year off. Aaron Prado started his senior year off in fine fashion with 2 hits and 2 RBI's leading the Eagles offense. Jake Hatfield was the winner on the bump with his first Varsity W in an inning of relief. The OC is set to continue the Brophy tournament with a home game vs. long time foe Corona Del Sol at 3:30 Thursday. Eagles 2015 Season set to begin
The Eagles open up the season this week with the Adam Donnefield preseason tournament. The Eagles will play 4 games this week, starting with the home opener on Wednesday the 25th at 3:30 vs. Seton. On Thursday the 26th the Eagles host Corona Del Sol, then on friday night they are under the lights at 6:00 pm at Brophy vs. Cibola. The tourney will conclude with a game Saturday morning at 10:00 am at home vs. Kofa. Admission is free to games this week!
STATE CHAMPION !!!!
This past weekend the Eagles own, David Sederstrom helped his team to the Arizona Special Olympics state championship! As the starting shortstop and leadoff hitter, David's mad skills helped his team Victory. Congratulations to David, another example of how hard work and dedication can pay off!
David rocking the state championship medal
David leading off and hitting homers.
Fall schedule this month
Tuesday 10/7 Stampede at Pinnacle 3:15 Thursday 10/9 All teams Camp
Wranglers home vs. Pinnacle 3:15
Cowboys home vs. Pinnacle 3:15
Tuesday 10/14 Stampede home vs. Pinnacle 3:15 Thursday 10/16 All teams camp
Wranglers home vs. Pinnacle 3:15
Cowboys @ Pinnacle 3:15
Tuesday 10/21 Stampede home vs. Pinnacle 3:15 Thursday 10/23 NO CAMP PT conferences
Wranglers @ Pinnacle 3:15
Cowboys home vs. Pinnacle 3:15
Tuesday 10/28 ALL team Camp Thursday 10/30 Cowboys OFF
Wranglers @ Apollo 4:00
Stampede @ Apollo 4:00
Eagles season comes to an end with a 2-9 loss to Wildcats
For the second time in three years, the Eagles season is complete at the hands of the Mesquite Wildcats. The Eagles scratched and clawed through 8 hard fought innings, but gave up a touchdown in the 9th to end their season in the double elimination state tournament. Cameron Ming got the start for the Eagles pitching 4 tough innings and leaving with the game scored 2-2. Colby Wyatt helped the Eagles to get through 7 with out giving up any more runs, but the offense just couldn't come up with the big hit to score a much needed winning run. 4 walks and 2 errors in the 9th opened the floodgates and the Wildcats pushed 7 runs across to take a lead of 9-2. The Eagles season is finished at 22-9 with a final 8 in state finiish, sending off 11 seniors in very fine fashion.
Eagles drop 3rd round to Lions 5-2
The Eagles cruised through the first 5 innings, only for the wheels to fall off in the top half of the sixth, giving up a 5 spot and losing to Liberty 5-2. The Eagles were up 1-0 with 2 outs in the 6th, but just could not get the final out, before giving up the crooked number and trailing 5-1. Not going down without a fight the Eagles got one in the bottom half of the 6th, and brought the tying run to the plate in the bottom of 7th but fell short of victory. Corey Wilson threw a great game going 5 2/3 innings with Degan Harte and Nicko Ortega on in relief. Aaron Prado had 2 singles while Degan Harte and Cameron Ming had an RBI a piece. Next up is Mesquite at Maryvalle stadium on Saturday at 4:00.
Eagles beat Coyotes in 2nd round 2-1
In front of a standing room only crowd of over 300 blacked out fans, the O'Connor Eagles beat the Centennial Coyotes by teh score of 2-1. Cameron Ming was in complete control on the mound, carrying a perfect game into the 6th with 2 outs. He would finish the game giving up 1 run on 2 hits and 9 punchouts to earn the victory over Centennial. The game lasted 1 hour and 10 minutes as the opposing pitcher for Centennial was almost as good, scattering 7 hits over 6 innings. The Eagles scratched one run in the 2nd on a Nate Easley double to the gap scoring Marco Burgarello who led off with a single and moved to second on a stolen base. The Eagles would strand runners at 3rd in the next two innings, til Cameron Ming extended the lead to 2-0 with an RBI single scoring Keegan McCarville. Aaron Prado led off the inning with a 1 out single then was moved over on an Austin Brakebill bunt. With a 1 run lead Cameron Ming got 2 groundballs and a flyout to left to end the game. The Eagles now move to Tempe Diablo for a 4:00 pm game vs. Liberty in the double elimination 8 team tournament.
Eagles host Coyotes for rematch in round 2 of playoffs
The O'Connor Eagles will host the Centennial Coyotes on Tuesday afternoon at 4:00 pm. This will be a rematch 1 week to the day of their last meeting, in which Centennial won 3-0. This is the 2nd round of the state playoffs, the Eagles had a bye and the Coyotes beat Boulder Creek in extra innings 5-4. This round is single elimination and the winner will go into the final 8 team double elimination tournament.
Eagles lose to Coyotes 3-0
On a senior day that celebrated 11 seniors, the Eagles could not get the offense going, and fell to centennial by the score of 3-0. The Eagles only gave up 1 hit on the day, but 2 walks and a costly error in the 3rd did them in. The Coyotes pitcher kept the Eagles hitters off balance all day and they could only manage 4 hits of their own, 2 by the starting pitcher Nicko Ortega. Ortega threw 4 innings giving up the 3 unearned runs, then Colby Wyatt came on for 3 more dominant innings. The Eagles were proud to recognize Matt Hodgson, Austin Brakebill, Cameron Ming, Degan Harte, Marco Burgarello, Greg Saenz, Nate Easley, Noah Kelly, Corey Wilson, Nicko Ortega and of course manager David Sederstrom. The Eagles now wait until the selection show on Thursday to find out the playoff schedule.
Easley slams Mustangs for 5-1 win
In a pitchers duel into the 5th inning, the Eagles jumped out for 5 runs, to beat Sunrise Mountain. Marco Burgarello started the scoring with a bases loaded single, that set up the fireworks as Nate Easley fouled off a couple 1-2 count pitches before launching his first career homerun down the right field line for a grand slam. It was Nate Easley's second hit of the day and he was joined by Noah Kelly who had 2 doubles. Cameron Ming threw the complete game scattering 5 hits while striking out 10. The lone run was a leadoff pinch hit homerun in the 7th. The Eagles conclude the regular season Tuesday with a senior day home game vs. Centennial.
Eagles beat Mt. Ridge in 6 innings 19-6
The Eagles had 16 hits on the day and took advantage of 12 walks to pound the Mt. Lions in the rivalry sweeping victory. Corey Wilson was the beneficiary of the offense working 5 innings, after a shaky 2nd inning in which he gave up five runs. The Eagles scored 3 runs in the 1st all after 2 quick outs. Then the Eagles put up 7 runs in the top of the 2nd for a 10-0 lead. Marco Burgarello had a 2 RBI single, Aaron Prado a 2 RBI double, Degan Harte an RBI single, and Nate Easley an RBI single. The Mt. Lions just wouldn't go quietly stringing together 6 hits and 5 runs in the 2nd. But Wilson and the defense would settle down to allow the offense to explode with 2 more in the 5th and 7 in the 6th. Noah Kelly hit a 2 run bomb for the 10 run rule, then Nicko Ortega came off the bench with a 2 RBI double. The Eagles won their 20th game of the season, for a current record of 20-6. The Eagles will finish the regular season with home games Monday and Tuesday, with Tuesday being senior day for the class of 2014
Eagles complete a walkoff of their own vs. the Lions 3-2 in 8 innings
Two nights after losing to a walk off single in the 8th at Mesquite, the Eagles pulled some magic of their own, getting a basehit down the right field line by Dakota Solis scoring Marco Burgarello for the win. In a game that was a pitchers duel from start to finish, both teams scored a run in the first, with the Liberty Lions scoring another in the 3rd. The game would proceed to be a 1 run ballgame despite both teams threatening throughout, until the Eagles tied it in the 6th with a two out double from Solis. Neither team could score in the 7th or top of 8th, but the magic started in the 8th. Marco Burgarello led off with a walk after being down 0-2. A sacrifice bunt from Corey Wilson was misplayed to give the team 1st and 2nd. After a bunt was popped up for the first out, the stage was set for Solis. Down 0-2 he flipped a ball into shallow right, about 10 yards inside the foul line. As the player dove for the ball it rolled past him and Marco Burgarello scored from 2nd for the W. Degan Harte earned the victory with 4 scoreless relief innings of Tanner Baker who went 4 to start. Next up in the neighborhood series is archrival Mt. Ridge on Friday at their place.
Winning streak snapped at 8 by the Wildcats
In an extremely well pitched game from both sides, the Mesquite Wildcats got the best of the O'Connor Eagles, by a score of 3-2 in extra innings. The Eagles made 5 errors on the day to dig themselves a 2-0 hole going into the top of the 6th, but Degan Harte would tie it up with a 2 RBI double, scoring Noah Kelly and Greg Saenz. Both pitching staffs threw well with only a combined 9 hits by both teams in 8 innings. Colby Wyatt pitched the first 5 innings giving up the 2 unearned runs, then Nicko Ortega came on to throw the 6th-8th innings. With the game tied in the bottom of the 8th, a leadoff double started the inning, but Ortega buckled down to get a flyout and groundout before the final hitter, flopped a ball over the pitchers mound for the walkoff single. This ended the Eagles 8 game winning streak dating back 3 full weeks.
Eagles beat Monsoon in a wild one 5-2
The Eagles came out on top with a hard fought victory over a Valley Vista team that competed til the end. The Eagles pitching staff combined to give up only 1 hit on the night, but still had the tying run at the plate in the 7th. Corey Wilson threw innings with 6 strikeouts and only giving up the solo hit with 1 out in the 6th. The defense wasn't so kind as they made 4 errors behind Corey, but he rose to the challenge and worked out of jams in the 5th and 6th. Degan Harte came on to get the save by working a run free 7th. The game still came down to the end, as a walk, and hit batsmen brought the tying run to the plate, but Harte was able to get a pop up to the catcher to end it. Cameron Ming was 3 for 3 at the plate, and threw out a runner trying to advance to 3rd, from the seat of his pants at 1st base. Greg Saenz had 3 RBI's on the day, including a momentum changing chop double in the 4th to give the Eagles a 4-0 lead. The Eagles finish the week 3-0.
Eagles bloom late, beat Willow Canyon 13-1
A close game, 2-1 going into the 5th inning, was blown out with 7 runs in the 5th as 10 players came to the plate. Four more runs in the 6th ended the game with a run rule victory. The Eagles had 15 hits on the day getting 3 for 4 from Austin Brakebill (4 RBI's) and Noah Kelly going 3 for 5. Tanner Baker was the winner on the bump going 5 smooth innings walking none and striking out 4. Nicko Ortega worked the 6th for another quality outing. The Eagles finish off the week with a home contest vs. Valley Vista Thursday.
Eagles Shutout Wolverines 7-0
Cameron Ming was dominant from start to finish throwing a shutout and striking out 10 batters to beat Ttown 7-0. Cameron scattered 4 hits and picked off one of the runner for good measure. Aaron Prado caught a good game throwing out a runner and driving in 3 runs. The Eagles scored one in the first, 2 in the 3rd, 5th and 6th innings to put the game away. Next up this week is at Willow Canyon on wednesday.
Eagles win the series with another 10-1 victory over BC
The Eagles were again left ringing the bell, with a well earned Battle of the Bell victory over the Jaguars of Boulder Creek. The Eagles had 16 hits on the day and only gave up 4, while playing fantastic defense. Colby Wyatt did a good job going 5 strong innings only giving up a solo run, with Degan Harte closing out the game for the final two innings. Degan Harte was 3 for 5, Marco Burgarello 2 for 4, Austin Brakebill 2 for 3 and Nate Easley a perfect 4 for 4. The Eagles now have scored 10 runs a game in the past 5 games. The Eagles went 4-0 this week and look to continue their hot hitting with 3 games next week.
Eagles ring the bell 10-1
In the first "Battle of the Bell" game of the year, the Eagles beat the Jaguars 10-1 behind some crafty baserunning and 2 bombs. Noah Kelly started off the scoring with a 3 run blast in the 3rd inning to answer a Boulder Creek solo run in the top half. In the 5th Degan Harte put some icing on the victory with a solo blast to left. The Eagles continued to pound the ball with 12 hits on the day. Corey Wilson was dominant on the mound going 6 strong innings with 9 strikeouts. Cameron Ming had was 3 for 4 out of the leadoff spot, and Nate Easley scored from second on a wild pitch. In winning the game, the Eagles got the honor of ringing the victory bell behind home plate and will keep it painted blue and gold. The Battle continues Friday as the OC travels to BC for the 2nd of 2 contests.
Bats stay hot with 12-2 win over Rattlers
The Eagles continued to pound the baseball this week, with 17 hits to win on the road at North Canyon. Greg Saenz was 3 for 4 with 4 RBI's, Cameron Ming 3 for 4 with 4 Runs, Dakota Solis 2 for 2 with 4 runs scored, and Colby Wyatt 2 for 5 with 2 RBI's out of the 4 hole. Tanner Baker pitched out of a bases loaded no outs jam in the 2nd and scattered 7 singles over 6 innings for the victory. Keegan McCarville came on to strike out the side in the 7th to end the game. The Eagles continue the week with the "Victory Bell Series", a home and away couple games with Boulder Creek.
Eagles bust out the sticks to beat Skyhawks 13-2
The Eagles took advantage of 4 skyhawk errors and 17 hits to beat the Deer Valley Skyhawks in a 7 inning game. The Eagles scored 2 in the first with help from a Noah Kelly 2 RBI double. Cameron Ming would be perfect thru 3 allowing the Eagles to build an 8-0 lead going into the bottom of the 4th. Marco Burgarello and Aaron Prado had back to back RBI doubles in the 3rd. Cameron Ming threw all 7 innings with 10 K's and also went 4 for 5 at the dish. Degan Harte was 3 for 4 with 3 RBI's on the day. The highlight of todays game was pitcher Colby Wyatt coming off the bench for a pinch hit 2 run bomb off the scoreboard in leftfield.
Wilson shuts out Ironwood 8-0
The O'Connor Eagles beat the Ironwood Eagles to end a two game skid. Corey Wilson was dominate throwing a complete game with 1 walk and 10 strikeouts, while scattering 5 hits. Noah Kelly was a wrecking ball, going 3 for 4 with a homerun, 3 RBI's and reaching base safely all 4 times. Degan Harte was also 3 for 4 on the day. Wilson worked out of a jam in the first inning by striking out the final hitter with runners on 1st and 3rd. From that point on Wilson settled down to cruise to a complete game. O'Connor scored 3 times in the second, then put the game away with 2 in the 5th and 3 in the 6th.
Eagles lose to Vikings 2-1
In a game that lasted only 75 minutes, the Eagles failed to figure out how to score runs, and lost 2-1. Cameron Ming went the distance in the loss giving up only 2 runs, but the Eagles just could execute or come up with the clutch hit to score a run. The Eagles scored first with an RBI single from Degan Harte in the 1st. Sunnyslope got single runs in the 2nd and the 3rd to take the lead. The Eagles had runners in scoring position less than two outs in the 3rd-5th innings but just couldn't drive em in. The Eagles have one more game this week, as they host Ironwood on Thursday.
Wheels fall off as Eagles lose to Chaparal Colorado to close out CBNI
In what seemed like two seperate teams playing out there, the Eagles played 5 solid innings and took a 3-1 lead into the top of the 6th. Then the wheels fell off and the Eagles made 5 errors giving up 9 runs over the next two innings to lose by a score of 5-10. The Eagles rallied back from a 10-3 defecit with 2 more runs in the 7th but came up short in the end. The Eagles finish with a CBNI record of 5-2, and now prepare for 14 regular season games to position themselves for a playoff run. The Eagles wasted a solid start from Colby Wyatt who went 5 and 2/3rds innings and were led at the plate by Austin Brakebill (2 hits) Greg Saenz (2 hits 3 RBI) Keegan McCarville (2 hits) and Nate Easley (2 hits).
O'Connor beats Pine Creek Colorado 8-6
The Eagles had to really work today to put away the Pine Creek Eagles with an 8-6 victory. After a 2-0 deficit to start the game, O'Connor responded with 4 runs of their own thanks to back to back bunt base hits from Austin Brakebill and Cameron Ming, an RBI single from Greg Saenz, then a towering homerun over the batters eye from Degan Harte. But O'Connor couldn't put away Pine Creek the whole day and they kept coming back with 1 run in the 3rd and 4th innings, and a 2 spot in the 5th. With a 7-6 lead going into the bottom of the 6th, Nicko Oretga gave O'Connor a cushion with an RBI single to finish the scoring, after throwing a scoreless inning. Freshman Anthony Cosenza came on for his 2nd save of the season with Austin Brakebill gunning down the final out at 3rd base. The Eagles will finish off the CBNI with a 3:30 game at home vs. Chaparal, Colorado.
Sederstrom leads Eagles to victory of Lakers!
For the 3rd year in a row the Eagles hosted the "Spread the word to end the word" campaign game, this year vs. Lake Oswego, OR. The Eagles jumped out and cruised to an 11-0 5 inning victory led by a 1-hitter from Tanner Baker. But the story of the day was in the starting lineup, as team manager of 4 years David Sederstrom, played in left field. After 9 O'Connor special needs students threw out the first pitch, players all ran out to their positions, but one guy was missing in left. Then over the loudspeaker came the announcement that the senior would be starting. A quick tip of the cap and a sprint like only he could do it, and the lineup was complete. With a smile from ear to ear he helped the Eagles with a 1,2,3 inning. The first batter hit a ball going right to him, but Greg Saenz jumped up and snagged it for the first out. The 2nd batter tried to give him some action as well, pulling a grounder to 3rd that was scooped up and thrown across for the 2nd out. Tanner Baker finished off the excitement with a strikeout for the 3rd and final out of the inning. The Eagles then pounded out 13 hits to win the game with multiple hits from Cameron Ming, Greg Saenz, Nate Easley and Dakota Solis.
Eagles bit by Bulldogs by score of 4-1
On a wonderful night of baseball at Grand Canyon University, the host Eagles fell short of Fayetteville, Arkansas. In a great matchup of tough lefties, the reigning Arkansas state champs, stiffled the Eagles offense. Kyle Pate a University of Arkansas recruit, bested Cameron Ming, who is going to University of Arizona. The Eagles struck first with a run in the 3rd from a sacrifice fly from Degan Harte, scoring Marco Burgarello. But the Bulldogs answered in the top of the 4th with a double off the wall, single and 3 run blast by Andy Pagnozzi. The Bulldogs would tack on one more in the 5th with some questionable Eagle defense. The Eagles would make a late run in the 7th, bringing the tying run to the dish, but Pate was too much and finished the game on a strikeout. A great game played by all with the only blemish being 4 errors a piece for the teams. O'Connor continues the CBNI with the "Spread the word to end the word" game vs. Lake Oswego at 3:30 pm Tuesday.
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Eagles beat Trailblazers
To finish off the first week action of the CBNI, the Eagles beat the Americas Trailblazers from El Paso Tx, by the score of 8-2. Colby Wyatt was dominant in going 5 shutout innings, giving up 2 hits and striking out 4. Noah Kelly was an offensive machine going 3 for 4 with a single, double and homerun, for a 3 RBI day. Degan Harte continued his hot hitting with 2 hits, while Austin Brakebill (2 singles) and Dakota Solis (2 singles) each added an RBI. The Eagles scored 4 runs in the 3rd to take a 5-0 lead and cruise to the victory. The Eagles continue the CBNI with a game Monday night at Grand Canyon University at 7:00 pm Monday the 24th.
March Madness begins as the Eagles win two!
On a day marked by the start of the March madness tournament, the Eagles brought some of their own madness to the yard, shocking preseason #13 in the nation Bishop Gorman, by a score of 6-5 in the first game. With the Eagles trailing 5-4 going into the 7th, Austin Brakebill led off with a walk and was sacrificed to 2nd on a Nate Easley bunt. After a second out and a balk, Cameron Ming hit a single thru the left side to tie the game. Greg Saenz walked to get the winning run in scoring position, then Degan Harte hit a 1-2 pitch thru the right side, scoring pinch runner Garrett Arthur from 2nd for the walk off victory.
In the second game the Eagles jumped out to an 8-2 lead after four innings, and held on for the 8-5 victory over Yreka. Colby Wyatt had 2 hits to pace the offense, while Keegan McCarville threw 5 strong innings in his first start of the season, and freshman Anthony Cosenza worked the final 2 for the first save of his career.
Eagles run rule Toros to start Vacation
In the last game before we start spring break, the Eagles broke out of their offensive slump for 13 hits and 10 runs, to win in a run rule shortened 10-0 ballgame. The Eagles got 1 run in the 2nd to start the scoring, then broke out for 7 more in the 3rd to put the game away. Noah Kelly hit a walk off sac fly scoring Degan Harte to end the game in the 5th. The Eagles got multiple hits from Cameron Ming (2) Aaron Prado (2) and Marco Burgarello (3). Cameron Ming took care of the defensive side of the ball, throwing a complete game shutout, giving up 2 hits and striking out 4. Next up is the Coach Bob Invitational starting Thursday the 20th.
Eagles outduel Mountain Lions in game 1 in extra innnings!
In the first of a 2 game series in this rivalry, the Eagles came out victorious with a 1-0 nine inning victory. In what turned out to be one of the best pitching duels in the history of this rivalry, Degan Harte and Cameron Ming combined to shut out Mt. Ridge. Harte scattered 4 hits in 6 innings with 7 punchouts, while Ming worked the last 3 scattering 3 hits and punching out 4 of his own. The Eagles worked out of jams in the 2nd, 4th, 6th, and 8th to maintain the shutout. In all of those innings the Mt. Lions had runners on 2nd with less than 2 outs, but Harte and Ming consistently had huge strikeouts to nulify the rally. On the offensive side the starting pitcher, Revels, dominated the Eagles offense scattering 2 hits over 8 innings, going 1,2,3 in 6 of his 8 innings. But in the 9th the Eagles finally got over, when Nate Easley walked, and Dakota Solis hit a line drive double to the gap to score him from first with 2 strikes.
Eagles drop second straight to the Broncos
Under the lights at Opus field the Eagles lost to the Brophy Broncos by a score of 6-4. Both teams were pumped up and battled back and forth, but the Broncos got 2 runs in the 6th then cut short the Eagle rally in the 7th. With about 23 scouts on hand to watch the Brophy starter, the Eagles were pumped up, and got to him early with a 2 RBI single off the bat of Degan Harte in the 3rd. The Broncos struck back in the bottom half off of a 3run blast by Weinstein, taking a 3-2 lead. The Eagles gave up another in the 4th, but would answer back in the fifth when Degan Harte had an RBI groundout and Cameron Ming forced a balked in run. A great night of baseball concluded with the Broncos getting 2 in the 6th and the rightfielder making a good catch of a Greg Saenz ball to the gap to end it. The Eagles finish the week with a rivalry matchup vs. Mt. Ridge at home Friday
Eagles fall short to pioneers 3-2
In a pitchers duel the Eagles fell to the home Pinnacle pioneers by the score of 3-2. In a very evenly played game the pioneers just got a couple more clutch hits to beat Cameron Ming and the Eagles. Pinnacle went up 1-0 in the 2nd, but the Eagles fought back with one of their own thanks to a Marco Burgarello push bunt RBI. In the 5th Degan Harte drove in a run on an RBI single. The Pioneers got two in the bottom half of the inning on some bloop doubles down the right field line. The Eagles continue a tough week at Brophy Tuesday night at 7pm.
Eagles shutout Williams Field to go to 3-0 on the year
Tanner Baker and Degan Harte combined to shutout a solid WF lineup to carry the team to a 3-0 record. Baker went 5 1/3 innings leaving with a 2 run lead and the bases loaded. Degan Harte proceeded to get the groudball double play to get out of the inning, and cleaned up the 7th inning as well for his second save on the year. The Eagles offense was lead by Aaron Prado who delivered a homerun in the 2nd and a total of three hits on the day. The Eagles will conclude the Adam Donnefield invitational with a game saturday morning at Brophy vs. Gila Ridge, weather permitting.
Eagles No-hit Kings
Senior Corey Wilson and Junior Jake Hatfield combined on a 5 inning no hitter. The Eagles won 10-0 in a run rule victory, but the story was on the mound where both players pounded the zone after each walked the first batter they faced. Dakota Solis got his first varsity hit to start things off at the dish with a leadoff triple. This started a 4 run rally in the first with help from a ground rule double by Degan Harte and RBI triple from Greg Saenz. The Eagles scored 1 more in the 2nd then exploded for 5 in the 3rd thanks to some Kofa miscues. The Eagles continue their homestand by hosting Williams Field at 3:45 Friday.
Eagles beat Aztecs in opener
On a great 80degree day in February the Eagles of O'Connor beat the Aztecs of Corona Del Sol by the score of 3-1. The Eagles were led by a dominating pitching performance from Cameron Ming, going 5 shutout innings for the win. Degan Harte came on in the 7th to get the save in the first game of the season. At the plate the Eagles were led by Aaron Prado, RBI groundrule double, and Greg Saenz (2 for 3 with a double and RBi). This was the first game in the Adam Donnefield invitational tournament. The Eagles host Kofa on thursday for teh 3:45 game.
5 Eagles sign letters of intent to NCAA DI colleges
The Eagles are proud to announce that five seniors signed early letters of intent to NCAA colleges for the 2014-2015 season. All of the hard work matched the God given talent, and resulted in a scholarship for each of this fine individuals.
Marco Burgarello -Infielder = Holy Cross
Corey Wilson - Left handed pitcher = University of Nevada Las Vegas
Cameron Ming- Left handed pitcher = University of Arizona
Nicko Ortega - Right handed pitcher = University of Arizona
Greg Saenz - Infielder = Grand Canyon University
Junior College Signings
Degan Harte - Infielder/Right Handed Pitcher = Yavapai College
David Sederstrom wins DVUSD award
Everyones favorite team manager, David Sederstrom, won this months community of Character and Courage award given out monthly by the Deer Valley Unified School District. David was honored first in class, then at the district board meeting on November 12th. As a senior David returns for his 4th season as the Varsity team manager for the Eagles. Through his maturity, spirit and leadership, David has helped to inspire his community here at the OC. Congrats David!!!
Burgarello is the GameChanger
Senior Marco Burgarello won the New Balance Game Changer Scholarship of $10,000 to go towards his 2014-2015 college education. To win the award all finalists produced a video of their community outreach. As one component of the contest Marco recieved the most "likes" nationwide for his video. The scholarship was then voted on by current big leaguers including Nick Swisher, C.J. Wilson and Dustin Pedroia. Marco was flown to Long Beach, California for the annoucement. Marco also recieves $2,500 in New Balance gear that he will be donating to his favorite charity, the Miracle League.
Eagles magical season comes to an end at 29-4
For the first time in 10 seasons the Eagles won't be playing in the stadiums this season, after dropping an extra inning game to the Desert Vista Thunder 3-4, in the second round of the Arizona state tournament. The Eagles had a little magic left in them by rallying from a 3-0 deficit in the 7th, with 2 outs, to tie the game up. Ultimately the magic fell short as the Thunder scored one run in the top of the 8th, and the Eagles couldn't match it. Cameron Ming threw a gritty 7 innings striking out 9. Brandon LeBoeuf, Cooper Gray and Jade Bilbrey all had singles in the 7th to tie the game up. Thanks to all estimated 500 fans in attendance who were there rooting on the Eagles.
Eagles Win season opener 4-3
With the unveiling of the new scoreboard, the Eagles decided to use darn near every lightbulb on it to beat Seton Catholic 4-3 in 8 innings. Bailin Markridge was the hero with a walk off single with the bases loaded, after a one out triple by Max Peters. Seton then loaded the bases to face Markridge, who drove a pitch down the left field line. The Eagles pitching was real good today, only giving up 3 hits and 3 unearned runs. The defense has a little work to do after a 5 error performance to start the year off. Aaron Prado started his senior year off in fine fashion with 2 hits and 2 RBI's leading the Eagles offense. Jake Hatfield was the winner on the bump with his first Varsity W in an inning of relief. The OC is set to continue the Brophy tournament with a home game vs. long time foe Corona Del Sol at 3:30 Thursday.
OC seniors finish strong with a run rule victory over Boulder Creek
On a senior day that saw 8 seniors play their last regular season home game, Jade Bilbrey threw a 1-hitter to lead the Eagles to a 10-0 victory. Offensively the Eagles played great baseball with clutch hitting, great bunting and quality baserunning. Jade Bilbrey, Owen Sanborn, Greg Saenz and Adam Alvarez all had 2 hits. Cooper Gray had 3 RBI's and 2 runs scored. All in all the seniors did a fantastic job from start to finish to leave a legacy on this day. Congratulations to Owen Sanborn, Jade Bilbrey, Cooper Gray, Stan Gawelko, Brandon LeBoeuf, Adam Alvarez, Tyler Abrego and Jake Harner. The Eagles finished the regular season 29-3 and 15-3 in power point games. They will sit and await the bracket pairings that come out on Thursday.
OC wins the battle of Eagles in roller coaster game 15-11 extra innings
The OC traveled to Ironwood and played a crazy game under the lights for the victory. Squandering leads of 7-0 and 10-4, the OC let the IR back in the game with poorly played defense and questionable baserunning. The Eagles took an 11-10 lead into the bottom of the 7th, only to walk in the tying run, and narrowly escape by striking out the next batter. The OC would put up 4 in the 8th thanks in large part to an Adam Alvarez 2 run triple. Adam was 4 for 5 on the night with 4 RBI's. Jade Bilbrey was 4 for 5 on the night, while Brandon LeBoeuf went 3 for 5. Degan Harte threw the last 3 innings of the night to get the win for the OC, who will now finish up regular season play with Senior Day on Monday vs. Boulder Creek.
Eagles drop their second in a row to the Wolverines from T-Town
On Thursday the Eagles were quickly handed their second loss in a row, this time at the hands of Tolleson, by a score of 2-0. The Eagles could just not make an adjustment offensively and settled for 3 hits on the day. Corey Wilson threw a very good game going all seven and scattering 7 hits, while pitching out of multiple jams. The Wolverines scored first in the 3rd inning on a squeeze bunt, and their second run on a fielders choice in that inning. The Eagles look to go .500 on the week as they face Ironwood under the lights at 6 pm Friday night.
The Rattlers bite the Eagles 8-3
North Canyon was too much for the Eagles today as they put up a 6 spot in the 2nd that the Eagles could never overcome. The Eagles were their own worst enemy for the second day in a row, making 3 errors on the game leading to 7 unearned runs. Offensively the Eagles just could not make an adjustment and get any crooked numbers off of, McWilliams, the starter for North Canyon. Greg Saenz had 3 hits in the loss.
Eagles start the week with a sluggfest 22-11 victory over rival Ridge
In a game that saw very little defensive and pitching help, the Eagles outlasted the Mt. Lions 22-11 in 6 innings. The OC pounded out 22 hits on their way to the rout including a monstrous 5 for 5 day for Owen Sanborn with 5 RBI's and 5 Runs scored. Noah Kelly and Cooper Gray each hit homeruns in the victory. This game was much closer than the score indicates because the Eagles just could not close the door on the defensive end, giving up 11 hits, 5 errors, 4 walks and 3 hbp. The wind was howling and had some affect on both teams but the Eagles were able to prevail with Jade Bilbrey (3 hits), Stan Gawelko (2hits) and Brandon LeBoeuf (2 hits) coming up with multiple hit performances. The OC will look to continue their offensive fire tomorrow at North Canyon.
Eagles run rule Coyotes 11-0
Corey Wilson dominated on the mound, and the Eagles broke out with 12 hits to run rule Centennial in 5 innings 11-0. The OC put up 7 runs with 2 outs in the 2nd inning, then put up 4 more in the 4th for a lopsided victory. Wilson spread out 6 hits in 5 innings to work the complete game shutout. Cameron Ming had a double and triple, while Owen Sanborn and Stan Gawelko also had 2 hits. The Eagles finish the week 3-0 and prepare for their biggest week of the year with 4 power point games coming up. The Eagles will be @ Ridge Monday, @ North Canyon Tuesday, home vs. Ttown on Thursday, then under the lights at Ironwood at 6pm Friday.
Eagles hold on to beat the Jaguars 4-3
In their 10th one run victory of the season, the O'Connor Eagles left the tying run at 1st base in the 7th to win 4-3. Cameron Ming and the Eagles cruised into the 7th. With one quick out to start the inning, a questionable safe call at first, was followed by 3 singles in a row to leave guys on the corners for the Jags with the score 4-2. A sac fly to shallow center scored another run, but Ming got a groundout back to himself for the final out of the game. Cameron Ming and Noah Kelly both had a double and a single on the game. The Eagles look to finish the week strong at home on Friday vs. Centennial.
OC takes it to the Skyhawks 9-2
With weather that made it feel like Kingman, the Eagles jumped out to a 5 run lead in the first and never looked back for a 9-2 victory. Jade Bilbrey (5) Colby Wyatt (1) and Jake Harner (1) combined on a 4 hitter and the Eagles got 13 hits of their own for the victory. With winds howling at 20 mph the Eagles roped the ball across the yard. Jade Bilbrey, Noah Kelly and Greg Saenz had two hits a piece, while Stan Gawelko had 3 hits. Next up for the Eagles is I-17 rival Boulder Creek on Tuesday at the BC
Eagles beat Rattlers in extra innings 3-2
In usual fashion the Eagles played in a one run game and found a way to come out on top of North Canyon in 8 innings. With the bases loaded and 2 outs, catcher Adam Alvarez, beat out an infield single to shortstop. With Alavrez sliding safely into first, he scored Nicko Ortega who had pinch run earlier in the inning. Degan Harte was the winner in relieve today as the Eagles spoiled a dominant no decision from Cory Wilson. Stan Gawelko had 2 hits. The winning run was set up by Nate Easley leading of the bottom of the 8th with a 2-strike double to left field.
Eagles streak snapped at 22 games!
The O'Connor Eagles ran into a buzzsaw today in the form of the Pinnacle Pioneers and dropped their first game of the season 16-6. Five errors and giving up 13 hits did the Eagles in. After scoring 3 runs in the first it looked like the Eagles were ready to continue their winning ways, but after giving up 4 runs in the 1st and 2nd innings, it would not be. The Pioneers took advantage of some mediocre defense and mental lapses to get 6 more in the 5th to finish the game early in a run rule victory. O'Connor gets to start a new streak tomorrow at home vs. North Canyon.
Eagles beat rival Mt. Lions 6-3
In the first matchup of neighborhood rivals, the OC got the W over Mountain Ridge by the score of 6-3. A pitchers duel between Cameron Ming (OC) and Blaze Bohall (MR), was broken open by the Eagles getting 2 runs in the 5th and 6th for the victory. Ming helped himself out at the dish with an RBI triple and later scored in the 5th on a Degan Harte single. In the 6th Owen Sanborn scored on a Marco Burgarello double, then later scored on a Stan Gawelko single. Ming got into a little trouble in the 7th with a 6-1 lead, but Degan Harte came on with the bases loaded and retired all 3 batters he faced for the save.
Eagles finish tourney 11-0 with win over Grand Junction, Co
In the final game of the tourney OC beat Grand Junction 5-0 to bring their record to 21-0 on the season. Cory Wilson (5), Tyler Abrego (1) and Degan Harte (1) combined on a shutout. Noah Kelly, Owen Sanborn, Stan Gawelko and Brandon LeBoeuf all had 2 hits as the Eagles combined for 11 hits on the afternoon. The Eagles will take a much desereved spring break then get back into the regular season with rival Mountain Ridge on tuesday.
Eagles get win # 200 vs. the Crusaders!
The Eagles beat Denver Christian today in 5 inning run rule victory, 10-0. This was the 200th victory for the program at the Varsity level. O'Connor started having varsity baseball with Freshman thru Juniors in 2003. Tanner Baker and Colton Baudhuin combined on the shutout. Tyler Vanderham had 2 hits and 3 RBI's while Aaron Prado hit a 2 RBI double.
Eagles beat Panthers 6-1
On a warm sunny day the Eagles kept playing good baseball, beating Piedra Vista, New Mexico by the score of 6-1. The Panthers are 3 time defending state champions of New Mexico. Jade Bilbrey was good on the bump for the Eagles, who then got shutout innings from Tyler Abrego and Degan Harte. Offensively the Max Peters had 2 hits to go along with Owen Sanborn's 2. The Eagles conclude the Coach Bob National Invitational with 2 more games tomorrow morning starting at 9:30 AM.
Eagles beat the bulldogs 11-0 in 5 inning win
The Sandra Day O'Connor Eagles took on the West Albany Bulldogs from Oregon and beat them in a 10 run rule contest 11-0. Cameron Ming cruised through 5 strong innings spreading out 5 hits, while the defense made no errors and turned 2 double plays to keep the pitch count low. Offensively the Eagles took advantage of 4 errors by the bulldogs. Adam Alvarez was the star offensively with 3 RBI's including a clutch 2 out bases loaded single that plated 2 Eagles. Greg Saenz had 2 hits and 2 RBI and Noah Kelly had a double and 2 RBI's. The Eagles take on Piedra Vista, New Mexico on wednesday at 3:30 pm.
Eagles get win #17 with 5-2 victory over Tualatin,Oregon
On another wonderful Arizona day the Eagles got a 5-2 victory over the team from the greater Portland area. Jacob Harner got his first start of the year and went 3 strong innings, coming out with a 1 run deficit at 2-1. Colby Wyatt came in and shut down the Timberwolves the rest of the game allowing the Eagles offense to get going. OC got 4 runs in the 4th inning thanks to 3 walks and 2 singles and a hit by pitch. Greg Saenz got 2 big RBI's on a single in the inning, following RBI walks by Jade Bilbrey and Nate Easley. Up next for the Eagles are the Bulldogs from West Albany on Tuesday.
Eagles beat the Mustangs in 10 innings!
Under the lights at Grand Canyon University the O'Connor Eagles beat the Mustangs from Denver Colorado by a score of 7-6 in 10 innings. The game was won in dramatic, walk off fashion, with a perfectly placed push bunt with the bases loaded. The Eagles put up a 5 spot in the first thanks to clutch 2 out hitting from Stan Gawelko (rbi single) and Marco Burgarello (2 RBI single). The Eagles were shut down until the 6th, when after giving up the lead thanks to walks and poor defense, the Eagles got the tying run on a Jade Bilbrey Sac fly. Both teams put in and out of jams for until the bottom of the 10th. With one out Brandon Leboeuf hit a tough fly ball between the shortstop and centerfielder, that he turned into a double by hustling to 2nd. A wild pitch and 2 intentional walks later, and the stage was set for Austin Brakebill to squeeze home with winning run on a push bunt single scoring LeBoeuf. The game can be seen in its entirety on www.aia365.com
Eagles win the National Division Championship!!!
In the championship game of the National Division of the Coach Bob Invitational, the Eagles squared off with Broken Arrow, Oklahoma and continued their winning ways with a 5-4 victory in 9 innings. The Eagles scored 2 in the first, thanks to a sac fly from Degan Harte and RBI single from Stan Gawelko. Gawelko accounted for 2 more runs in the 5th with a 2-RBI double. Corey Wilson kept the BA bats at bay, only giving up 2 runs over 5 innings. The Eagles had a 2 run lead in the 7th spoiled by some clutch BA hitting, but could only tie the game thanks to 2 huge outfield assists from Cooper Gray and Brandon LeBouef to end the inning. The two teams traded off zeros for 2 innings then in the bottom of the 9th Cooper Gray got on with hard hit ball to 3rd. Greg Saenz was hit by the pitch trying to bunt him over, then Cameron Ming dropped down a drag bunt that was thrown into rightfield for the walkoff victory. The Eagles finished the first half of the tourney with a 5-0 record and a Championship Trophy. Next up a "friendly" at GCU vs. Mullens Colorado Friday night at 7:00 pm.
Eagles battle back for walk off win vs. Bishop Gorman
In a game that went back and forth all day, the Eagles came out on top with a hard fought 11-10 win over the powerhouse from Nevada. Jade Bilbrey started and went 5 and 2/3 innings of quality pitching, scattering 7 hits and accounting for 6 runs. He left with a lead and the score of 8-5. Bishop Gorman took advantage of 3 bb/hbp in a row, then followed it up with a grand slam to take the 10-8 lead. The Eagles would not back down, cutting the lead in half with a run in the 6th. In the 7th down 1 run, the boys were ready to make more magic. Jade Bilbrey led off the 7th with a single to right, followed by a sac bunt by Nate Easley that was thrown away by the pitcher. With runners on 1st and 2nd no outs, the Gorman team tried to pull off a hidden ball trick with the pitcher on the rubber. This balk call led to 2nd and 3rd with Marco Burgarello up at the plate. A chopper to the shortstops backhand got the run in and runner to 3rd, and Marco beat the throw for an infield single. This set the stage for Stan Gawelko to hit a walk off 3-1 pitch through the diving infield for the W. This puts the Eagles into the championship game at 12:30 Thursday vs. their old nemesis Broken Arrow, OK.
Eagles beat Rebels 3-1 for win #13
In a pitching duel, Cameron Ming got the best of Teanoy from Quartz hill, scattering 8 hits over 7 innings in a complete game effort. The Rebels got their run from a solo blast in the first, then Ming shut them out the rest of the way. Facing a tough pitcher, the Eagles were able to manufacture a run in the 3rd to tie the game onan Owen Sanborn 2-out single that scored Greg Saenz from 2nd. The Eagles then took the lead in the 4th on a base hit to right by Cooper Gray that scored Stanley Gawelko from first, as he was in motion and the rightfielder misplayed it. Degan Harte piled onto the lead with a solo blast in the 5th and that was all Ming and the Eagles defense needed, as they ended the game with a 1-6-3 double play. Next up Bishop Gorman on wednesday with the winner going to the championship game.
Eagles hold on for 12th victory in a row 9-8
The Eagles faced off with Edmond Santa Fe Oklahoma for a showdown today at the ballpark, with both teams feeling hospitable and giving out free bases. In the end Degan Harte shut down SF by working out of a bases laoded no-out jam to preserve the 1 run victory. The Eagles jumped out with 4 runs in the first then 2 more in the third, and a final 3 spot in the 5th. This gave the Eagles a 9-7 lead going into the 9th. Eventually with the bases loaded, no outs and 1 run already in, Degan Harte got a strikeout, lineout to shallow center and finally another strikeout to end the game. The Eagles were led at the dish by Jade Bilbrey(3 hits)and Cooper Gray (2 hits). The Eagles are back at it again tomorrow as they host Quartz Hill, California at 3:30 pm.
Game 1 of Coach Bob Tourney goes to Eagles 13-3
In a game shortened to 5 innings due to the ten run rule, the Eagles stayed persistant and took it to Montgomery Bell Academy from Nashville Tennessee. The Eagles gave MBA a 3 spot in the first thanks to some miscues, but started piling on from there and broke things open in the 4th with 4 more runs to add to a 6-3 lead. Corey Wilson started and went 4 and 1/3 innings, then Jacob Harner worked out of a bases loaded jam to give the Eagles to shorten the game and help out their pitching staff starting a 11 game in 14 days homestand. Brandon LeBoeuf had the walkoff single that scored two and sent everyone home after 5 innings.
Eagles finish first 3rd of season 10-0 after beating Ironwood 10-3
The Eagles of O'Connor high school jumped on the Eagles of Ironwood early and often with 5 runs in the first inning. The bases got loaded with a Jade Bilbrey drag bunt single, sandwhiched by 2 walks, then the bases cleared by a 2-RBI double from Owen Sanborn as OC hit thru the lineup in the first inning. Sanborn earned his 3rd RBI in the 2nd inning on a sac fly to push the lead to 6-0. Tanner Baker would make the lead hold in his 2nd start of the season going 5 innings and giving up 1 unearned run. The OC would put up 4 more in the 5th on an RBI single from Greg Saenz and 2-RBI single from Brandon LeBoeuf. The Eagles now go into tournament play for the next 2 weeks, playing 11 games in 14 days.
3/12 Eagles come back to walk off vs. Pioneers 5-4
The Eagles were down 4-1 going into the 5th inning, but chipped away with 2 in the bottom half, setting up some 7th inning dramatics to win 5-4. In the 5th the Eagles took advantage of a defensive miscue by Pinnacle, then got an RBI single from Cameron Ming and RBI fielders choice to rightfield from Degan Harte, to cut the lead to one run. Eagles relievers combined for 3 shutout innings to keep the team with in striking distance going into the 7th. Cameron Ming led off with an 8 pitch walk to start things up. Degan Harte dropped an 0-2 single into rightfield, then senior Owen Sanborn drove in the tying run with a base hit to right. Both runners advanced on the throw from the rightfielder, attempting to get pinch runner Austin Brakebill at the dish. With the score tied Pinnacle chose to intentionally walk Jade Bilbrey to load the bases for Greg Saenz. Saenz worked 3-1 count then took the final pitch outside for the walk off walk, scoring pinch runner Nicko Ortega with the winning run. The Eagels finish the first 3rd of the season on Friday with a home game vs. Ironwood, before starting the "Coach Bob tournament" on saturday.
3/11 Eagle beat Broncos for the second time in a week 4-3
The Eagles kept their win streak alive with a hard earned 4-3 victory today over the Brophy Broncos. Jade Bilbrey threw five solid innings, giving up 3 unearned runs. Tyler Abrego pitched the 6th getting the 3rd out on a strikeout with guys on 2nd and 3rd. Degan Harte worked the 7th for his 3rd save of the season. Offensively the Eagles got on the board with 2 runs in the 2nd, thanks to 3 consecutive bunts. Down 3-2 in the 4th, the Eagles score 2 runs to take the lead, thanks to RBI singles from Stan Gawelko and Cameron Ming. Ming and Bilbrey both had 2 hits on the day.
The boys will be bringing home envelopes for picture day on wednesday.
3/6 Eagles combine for their 4th shutout of the season
Corey Wilson and Tanner Baker combined for a 5 inning shutout of the Kingman Bulldogs. With the wind gusting in, the Eagles put up 13 runs on 11 hits to win the game 13-0. Cameron Ming, Owen Sanborn and Nate Easley had 2 hits a piece. Nicko Ortega had 2 in n out double doubles on the day. 14 guys had a run, hit or RBI on the day for the Eagles. Next up Mountain Ridge on Friday!
3/5 Eagles outduel Broncos
In a great night game at Brophy high school, Cameron Ming and Degan Harte, outdueled the pitchers of the Broncos by narrowly escaping with a 3-2 victory. Both teams made tough pitches to get out of jams all night. The Eagles jumped out to a 3-0 lead with a single run in the 2nd (RBI single from Greg Saenz) and 2 in the 5th thanks to RBI singles from Ming and Owen Sanborn. Ming faced the minimum threw 4 innings but in the 5th ran into some trouble giving up 2 unearned runs. This might be the inning of the game though, as the Broncos had 2nd and 3rd with no outs and one run in. Ming got a groundball out to bring in the 2nd run, and then a comebacker and strikeout, kept the tying run from scoring. Ming again worked out of a bases loaded jam with 2 outs in the 6th to keep the Eagles up 1-run going into the 7th. Harte came on to close and mad things interesting by hitting the first Brophy batter. Eventually with runners at 1st and 2nd one out Degan struck out the 2 hitter and got a fly ball to right to end the game. Adam Alvarez, Jade Bilbrey and Cooper Gray had 2 hits a piece.
2/28 Eagles Make it a week without givng up a run!
Stellar pitching continued for the Eagles as Jade Bilbrey (5), Tyler Abrego (1) and Degan Harte (1) combine on a shutout of the Willow Canyon Wildcats. Jade was fantastic in his first start of the year going 5 innings on 56 pitches. The big play was a 4-u-3 double play in the first with no outs and a 1-0 count. Jade then cruised out of the first and into the 5th with 7 K's on the day. Tyler Abrego went 1-2-3 in the 6th and Degan Harte pitched a scoreless 7th. Offensively the Eagles took advantage of some miscues to drive in 2 in the first (2 out RBI double from Sanborn) and a single run in the 3rd adn 5th. The Eagles were hamstrung all day with baserunning blunders but held on for a big power point win.
2/26 Eagles Shutout Skyhawks
The Eagles pounded out 11 hits today and cruised to a 5 inning run rule victory over Deer Valley. Cameron Ming worked out of some first inning trouble to put up 4 scoreless innings, then freshman Colby Wyatt finished off the shutout by working out of a jam in the 5th. The story of the day offensively was clutch hitting. The Eagles took advantage of 6 free bases (walks, HBP) and put up their first double digit hits (11) of the season. Degan Harte drove in 4 runs himself, 2 on a 2 RBI sacrifice fly in the 2nd. On the ball hit far down the right field line, the outfielder made a diving catch, but runners from 3rd and 2nd put on the burners to score. Noah Kelly had 3 hits, while Cooper Gray had 2 hits and 3 RBI's. Cameron Ming and Greg Saenz also had 2 hits a piece. Next up for the Eagles are the mighty Wildcats of Willow Canyon on Thursday in Surprise Arizona.
2/23 Eagles finish Pre-season tourney with W over Gila Ridge
On a sunny saturday morning the Eagles finished off the Adam Donnefield tourney with a 3-0 record. Freshman Tanner Baker was solid on the mound and backed by some great defensive efforts. Cameron Ming stayed hot with 2 extra base hits including a 3 run bomb off the school to right. Ming ended up a 1 man wrecking crew with 5 RBI's on the day. Cooper Gray scored twice in front of Ming, while Stan Gawelko and Owen Sanborn put up a pair of hits a piece. Baker ended the day efficiently going 5 innings on only 50 pitches. Next up is the Power Point opener for the Eagles as they host Deer Valley on Tuesday.
2/22 Eagles top the Kings
The Eagles bats came alive today scoring 10 runs against visiting Kofa, from Yuma. The Eagles jumped out to a lead in the bottom of the first on a Degan Harte sac fly. In the second they piled on with 2 more runs thanks to a Greg Saenz RBI single and clutch 2 out triple from Cooper gray. The boys tacked on 2 more in the 4th then broke the game open in the 6th with 4 more to finish off the scoring. Owen Sanborn had a 2 RBI single and Jade Bilbrey a sac fly concluded the scoring. On Defense the Eagles were solid again with Corey Wilson going 4 strong to earn his first varsity W and Freshman Colby Wyatt earned the 3 inning save in dominant fashion.
2/21 Eagles shutout Aztecs
Cameron Ming, Tyler Abrego and Degan Harte combined to throw a shutout in the first game of the year. Ming also sparked the Eagles offensively with a solo blast in the first inning. The Eagles strung together 8 hits, putting up 5 runs against a solid Corona Del Sol team. Degan Harte also had 2 hits to go along with his shutout 7th inning. The Eagles will face off with the Kings of Kofa for the home opener on Friday at 3:45pm.
Coach Baumgartner Sr. in Hall of Fame
Former Eagles assistant coach Bill Baumgartner will be inducted into the Henley High School "Hall of Fame" this Saturday September 29th. Coach Baumgartner Sr. won 2 Oregon State Championships while with the Hornets.
Coach Baumgartner receives Coach of The Year Honors 6-3-12
Congratulations to coach Baumgartner for being named big schools Coach of The Year.
For Arizona Republic article go here.
O'Connor Season Ends 5-15-12
The Eagles baseball season came to an end last week losing to Mesquite 4-1. The Eagles finish the season with an impressive 22-12 record and one of the top 4 teams in Division 1. What a year it was for the Eagles from the beginning of the year not knowing what to expect to the end of the year beating the best teams in the state. Great job by the team, Coach Baumgartner and his staff and all the fan support this year. Best of luck to seniors (Josh Fogerlie, Michael Gonzalez, Austin Daus, Brendon Erickson and Wesley Sutton) be it on the field at the next level or their next chapter in life.
O'Connor Advances With 5-3 Win! 5-9-12
In an elimination game O'Connor defeats #1 seed Pinnacle 5-3. Jade Bilbrey was spectacular throwing a 5 hit complete game and picking up his second win of the playoffs. The Eagles get on the board first scoring 1 in the 2nd and 2 in the 3rd with back to back singles by Owen Sanborn and Brendon Erickson and a 2 rbi double by Cooper Gray. Pinnacle would get 2 runs back in the bot of 3 the tie the game at 3 in the 5th inning. In the 6th, again it was Gray who was 3-3, rips a triple to centerfield and would later score on a Greg Saenz hit to second for a 4-3 Eagles lead. The Eagles would add another run in the 7th on a pass ball for the final 5-3. Bilbrey pitched a gem, Pinnacle couldn't keep Gray off the bases nor could they get a ball passed or over Brandon LeBoeuf in centerfield, who in the 6th tracked a ball to the warning track for a spectacular catch. Up next, the Eagles have a rematch with Mesquite in another elimination game, Thursday, 5/9, 4pm at Camelback Ranch. The Eagles are one of four teams remaining so come out and support the Eagles!
For updated playoff bracket click here.
Chaparral 3-2 Over O'Connor 5-4-12
Chaparral defeats O'Connor 3-2 in fourth round action sending the Eagles to the loser bracket. Eagle starter Michael Gonzalez worked his way in and out of trouble through the first 3 innings allowing 8 base runners but only giving up 2 runs. The Eagles were facing one of the best if not the best lefty in the state and shut out O'Connor through 5 innings with a score of 3-0. But the Eagles as they have done all year kept fighting and rally in the 6th loading the bases on a walk and back to back singles by Brandon LeBouef and Wesley Sutton and a Noah Kelly sac fly cutting the lead 3-1 and ending the day for the Firebird starter. In the 7th the Eagles keep battling with Sanborn on second (leadoff single) and Jade Bilbrey (walk) and 1 out, Greg Saenz hits a grounder to second, Chaparral goes for the double play and gets the out at second but a hard slide by Bilbrey forces a wild throw to 1st which allows Sanborn to score but in heartbreak fashion Saenz was thrown out at second trying to advance on the wild throw and ending the game for the final 3-2. Nico Ortega did a fine job entering the game in the 4th and with the exception of a solo HR held the tough Chaparral offensive scoreless and hitless through the 4th, 5th and 6th innings. Defense came up with big plays early keeping the game within reach and late with (2) inning ending double plays in the 5th and 6th. The Eagles play Pinnacle at Phoenix Muni, Tuesday, 5/8 at 4pm in an elimination game.
For updated playoff bracket click here.
O'Connor Advances With 5-1 Win 5-4-12
O'Connor defeats Mesquite 5-1 behind a strong performance on the hill from sophomore Cameron Ming. Ming was solid, 6 innings, 6 hits, 4k's and 1 walk. Mesquite's lone run came in the 2nd. The Eagles would get on the board in the 3rd, first playing small ball with a Jade Bilbrey bunt, which Mesquite couldn't handle, scoring Michael Gonzalez who got on by hit by pitch earlier, then long ball with a ground rule double by hot hitting Noah Kelly scoring Bilbrey. In the 4th the Eagles again with small ball, lay down a couple bunts which Mesquite couldn't handle, a couple wild pitches, sac fly and the Eagles score 3 runs for a 5-1 lead and final score. Brendon Erickson would close the game out in the 7th after allowing a few base runners Erickson gets the last 2 outs on K's.
Offensively the Eagles managed just 5 hits led by Erickson 2-3, dbl, Kelly 1-3 dbl, rbi, Saenz 1-3, Daus 1-3.
Great game, great atmosphere and great support from the Eagle fans. We'll need all that and more with O'Connor taking on Chaparral, Saturday, 4pm at Phoenix Muni Stadium.
For updated playoff bracket click here.
Eagles 10-6 Over Trevor Browne 5-2-12
O'Connor advances to the next round of the playoffs with a 10-6 win over Trevor Browne. After giving up 2 runs in the first inning starter Jade Bilbrey and the Eagles hold Trevor Browne scoreless over the next 5 innings. The Eagles offense got going in the 2nd tying the game at 2, then score 1 in the 3rd, 3 in the 4th, 1 in the fifth and 3 in the 6th for a 10-2 lead after 6. Trevor Browne would make a comeback in the 7th scoring 4 runs and loading the bases before reliever Brendon Erickson would get the final outs. Offensively the Eagles had 10 hits with Noah Kelly leading the way going 3-4, hitting back to back homeruns (7th and 8th on the season) and 4 rbi's. The Eagles play Mesquite (6-4 winner over Red Mountain) on Thursday, 6:30pm at Phoenix Municipal Stadium. Special thanks to Mark Daus for providing the free playoff shirts to all the OC fans. For updated playoff bracket click here.
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Eagles End Season With Loss 4-25-12
O'Connor loses its final regular season game 9-7 at Boulder Creek. Too many mental mistakes and errors in this one for the Eagles to make up on the score board. The Eagles, with Andy Hull on the mound got down early 8-1 after 3. Combination of hits, errors and walks led to the early BC lead and the early departure of Hull. Jake Harner came in relief and threw 2 innings trying to silence the BC bats as the Eagles would fight their way back into the game. The Eagles showed some fight and make a comeback scoring 3 runs in the 4th and 3 runs in the 5th on a Noah Kelly 3 run bomb cutting the BC lead to 9-7 after 5. Nico Ortega pitched the 5th and 6th innings and held BC scoreless enabling O'Connor to stay within striking distance. Each team would go scoreless in the 6th. In the 7th the Eagles get the tying runs on 1st and 2nd but couldn't get them in.
The offensive was led by Kelly 2-3, HR (6th of the year), 3 rbi's, Saenz, 2-2, 3 rbi's, Sanborn 2-4, Daus 2-4.
The Eagles finish the season 19-10 overall, 15-3 in league and will move on to the playoffs with hopefully a top 5 seed. Seedings won't be released until late Thursday or Friday with games still being played. Either way the Eagles should finish somewhere in the top 8, receiving a first round bye and hosting a game on Tuesday, May 1st, 4pm.. Stay tuned.
O'Connor Defeats Ironwood 4-21-12
O'Connor picked up its 19th win of the season defeating Ironwood 9-4 on senior day. Josh Fogerlie got his 4th win of the year throwing 5 strong innings with Brendon Erickson shutting out Ironwood the last two innings. Offensively, Erickson 2-4, dbl, rbi, Gray 2-4, triple, 3 rbi's, Sutton 2-3 dbl, rbi Fogerlie 2-3, rbi Daus 1-3, 2 rbi's, Harte 1-2, dbl, rbi.
The Eagles go for win number 20 as they close out the regular season at Boulder Creek, Monday, 4/23, 3:45pm.
O'Connor 15-8 Over Tolleson 4-20-12
In a game that had a lot of offense the Eagles pound out 21 hits, 8 being extra base hits, for a 15-8 win over Tolleson. The game was tied 3-3 going to the 4th when the Eagles break it open scoring 6 runs to take a 9-3 lead. However, each time the Eagles would try and put the game away Tolleson would answer back, this time scoring 2 for a 9-5 Eagles lead after 4. In the 5th the Eagles score 2, Tolleson scores 3 for 11-8 Eagles. In the 6th the Eagles would put the game away scoring 4 runs and would shut out Tolleson the final 2 innings for a 15-8 final. Jade Bilbrey started the game, went 2 2/3, gave way to Jake Harner who went 1 1/3 who gave way to Nico Ortega in the 5th. Great effort from Ortega as he would silence the Tolleson bats giving up 1 hit,4ks',1 walk in 3 innings.
Offensively: Fogerlie 3-3, rbi, Saenz 3-4, dbl, Sanborn, 3-5, dbl, 3 rbi's, Sutton 3-5, 2 rbi's, Gonzalez, Erickson, Daus and Gray all had 2 hits with Erickson getting his 3rd home run of the season.
Next up, Senior Day with O'Connor hosting Ironwood, today, 4/20, 3:30pm. Come out and support the Eagles and this year's seniors playing their final regular season game at O'Connor.
O'Connor Shuts Out North Canyon 4-18-12
O'Connor got their 5th win in row with a 6-0 win over North Canyon. Cameron Ming gets his 5th win of the season as he and the Eagle defense dominate the North Canyon hitters. Ming's line, 6 innings, 3 hits, 4 k's. 1 walk. The Eagles make the most out of just 7 hits in the game getting 2 runs in the 1st on back to back doubles by Wesley Sutton and Austin Daus and a single by Brendon Erickson, 1 run in the 2nd on an rbi from Daus and add 3 runs in the 6th with a pinch hit single and rbi from Degan Harte and a 2 rbi double from pinch hitter Adam Alvarez. Erickson would close the game out in the 7th shutting down North Canyon in order. Next up, O'Connor at Tolleson, game time 6pm.
Eagles Dugout 4-15-12
Check out the Eagles dugout! Dee Dee Daus painted a mural inside the Eagle dugout and it looks pretty cool. Thank you Mrs Daus.
O'Connor Cruises Over Centennial 4-15-12
Jade Bilbrey pitched a gem for O'Connor throwing a complete game giving up 7 hits, 7 k's no earned runs and O'Connor cruises to a 12-1 victory over Centennial. The Eagles scored early and often getting 2 in the 1st, 3 in the 2nd, 1 in the 3rd and 2 in the 4th for an 8-1 lead after 4. Centennial's lone run came unearned in the 2nd. The Eagles would add 4 runs in the 7th led by the pitching staff as Andy Hull, Cameron Ming and Nico Ortega all had a hit and drove in runs for the final 12-1. Offensively - Erickson 3-4, 3 rbi's, Sutton and Daus each with a pair of hits and an rbi. The Eagles finish the week 3-0, 12-2 league record and 16-9 overall. Next week the Eagles host North Canyon on Tuesday, at Tolleson on Thursday and home against Ironwood on Friday.
O'Connor Defeats Boulder Creek 4-13-12
Another wild game at the ballpark as what seems to be the norm with this year's team, the Eagles get behind early and rally for an 11-8 win. Boulder Creek led 6-0 after 2 innings scoring 2 in the 1st and 4 in the 2nd. The Eagles get 3 back in the bottom half of 2 on a 2 rbi double by Michael Gonzales and an rbi from Greg Saenz. Boulder Creek answered back with 2 runs off Andy Hull who relieved starter Cameron Ming in the 3rd. The Eagles score 2 in the bottom half of 3, Owen Sanborn doubles to score both Noah Kelly and Cooper Gray who had reached on walks for an 8-5 Boulder Creek Lead after 3. Hull would settle down, find his rhythm and silence the Jags the next 3 innings. The Eagles would take a 9-8 lead in the 4th scoring 4 runs with rbi's from Saenz, Sutton, Kelly, and Gray. The Eagles add 2 insurance runs in the 6th with rbi's from Sanborn and Brendon Erickson. Erickson would close out the game, after a leadoff single, would get the next 3 batters in order. Defensive highlights - Austin Daus tracking down a couple long fly balls in right field and a timely double play between Jade Bilbrey and Greg Saenz in the 6th. Offensively - Gray 2-2, rbi, Sanborn 2-3, dbl, 3 rbi's, Saenz 1-2, 2 rbi's, Gonzales 1-2, dbl, 2 rbi's.O'Connor 6-5 Over Deer Valley 4-10-12
Once again the Eagles found themselves down early but fight their way back for a 6-5 victory over Deer Valley on a walk off single by Austin Daus. Deer Valley came out swinging against starter Nico Ortega plating 2 runs in the 2nd and 2 in the 3rd for a 4-0 lead after 3. The Eagles get on board scoring 3 runs in the bottom half of the 3rd highlighted by back to back doubles by Noah Kelly and Cooper Gray. Deer Valley would answer back with a run in the 4th chasing Ortega who would give way to Jake Harner. Harner sat down the next 3 batters and squashes the Skyhawks rally. Deer Valley with some good pitching and good defense holds O'Connor scoreless in the bot of 4 and DV leads 5-3. In the 5th the Skyhawks threaten with one on and two outs DV hits a shot to deep center field and Jade Bilbrey on a perfect relay throw hoses the DV runner at the plate. Michael Gonzales would relief Harner and as Harner did Gonzo would shut out the Skyhawks the final 2 innings. The Eagles get a run in the 5th cutting the lead to 5-4 heading to the 7th. Adam Alvarez led off with a walk, Greg Saenz lays down a bunt and DV throws the ball into right field trying to get Saenz at first and that would score Alvarez and tie the game. Two walks later, one out and the bases juiced Daus hits a high bounce ball over 3rd base for the game winning hit. It doesn't get any easier as the Eagles host Boulder Creek on Thursday, 3:45pm. Come out to the park and support the Eagles!
O'Connor 9-2 Over North Canyon 4-8-12
The Eagles get off to a quick start in this one scoring all their runs in the first two innings, 4 in the 1st and 5 in the 2nd for a 9-0 lead after 2. North Canyon would add 2 runs in the 5th for the 9-2 final. Andrew Hull picked up the W pitching 6 strong innings and Brendon Erickson throwing the final. Offensively the Eagles were led by Owen Sanborn, 3-3 and 3 rbi's and Noah Kelly who for the third straight game hits a home run, this one a bomb over the left field fence. Next up for the Eagles at home against Deer Valley on Monday and Boulder Creek on Thursday, on the road against Centennial on Friday all 3:45pm starts.
Pinnacle 7-2 Over O'Connor 4-8-12
After a wild game against rival Mountain Ridge the night before, O'Connor had to bounce back against a tough Pinnacle group looking for payback from an earlier loss to O'Connor and the Eagles never could get going in this one. The Eagles managed just 4 hits, Sanborn single, Gray, who continues to swing the bat well with a 2 rbi double and Noah Kelly, single and solo shot to left going back to back games with home runs.
O'Connor Edges Mountain Ridge 4-8-12
In a wild game O'Connor defeats rival Mountain Ridge 10-9. The Eagles got on board in the first with Noah Kelly hitting a solo shot for a quick 1-0 lead, that was followed by an Erickson walk and not to be out done by Kelly, Owen Sanborn steps up and hits a 2 run shot over left field and before all the fans could get seated the Eagles had plated 4 runs. Nico Ortega took the bump for the Eagles throwing 3 and 1/3, 5 hits, 2 walks, 4 runs, pitched well against a Ridge lineup looking to avenge an earlier loss to the Eagles and avoid the season sweep. O'Connor would add a run in the 2nd, one in the 3rd, while Ridge scored 1 in the 2nd and 2 in the 3rd making it a 4-3 game after 3. Ridge would break the game open in the 4th scoring 6 runs on combination of hits and some bad Eagle defense. Ortega left with 1 out giving way to Michael Gonzales. In the top half of 5 the Eagles would get a run back on a sac fly by Gonzales scoring Austin Daus for a 9-7 Ridge lead going to bot of 5. Jade Bilbrey took over the Gonzales in the 5th and was lights out shutting down the Ridge hitters for the next 3 innings. In the 7th Cooper Gray leads off with a double, then a fly out, strike out and the Eagles are down to their last out. Saenz works a walk, pinch hitter Josh Fogerlie gets a huge rbi single scoring Gray making it 8-9. Ridge would change pitchers but a walk, hit batter and another walk and the Eagles take the lead 10-9. Bilbrey and Eagles slam the door shut in the bottom of 7 for a 10-9 final and series sweep over Mountain Ridge.
Thank You Volunteers 3-31-12
Thanks to everyone who volunteered and helped out during the Coach Bob Tournament. It's a major fundraising event for the program and couldn't be done without all the help we had. I heard a lot of compliments from the out of town folks about the tournament, facilities and what accommodating hosts we were, maybe too accommodating on the baseball field.
Regis Jesuit CO 8-2 Over O'Connor 3-29-12
The Eagles close out the Coach Bob Tournament with an 8-2 loss to Regis Jesuit. Good game through 6 innings with Regis holding a 4-2 lead, however Regis blows the game open in the 7th scoring 4 runs for the final 8-2. Starter Nico Ortega pitched well in the loss, 5 innings, 6 hits, 4 runs before being relieved by Josh Fogerlie. Offensively the Eagles scatter 8 hits throughout the game but couldn't seem to get the timely hits when needed. Next up OC at Mountain Ridge 4/3 3:45pm.
Sheldon OR Edges O'Connor 3-29-12
Sheldon OR defeated O'Connor 3-2 in a good matchup between two southpaws. Cameron Ming went head to head with the big lefty from Sheldon throwing 5 quality innings against a tough Sheldon lineup, giving up 7 hits, 3 k's and 2 walks. The Eagles get a run in the first and another in the 3rd, a solo home run from Noah Kelly and that was all the scoring the Eagles would do against the tough lefty. Stanley Gawelko looked good in relief of Ming throwing 2 shutout innings striking out 1 and no walks.
Action Photos 3-25-12
Check out the latest action photos.
Thanks Dave Erickson.
O'Connor Drops 4th Straight 3-27-12
Columbine CO defeats O'Connor 7-2 extending the Eagles losing streak to 4 games. The Eagles seemed to be sleepwalking in this one, defensively committing 4 errors, offensively managing only 5 hits and mental mistakes on both sides. Next up the Eagles take on Sheldon OR today 3pm.
Coach Bob Tournament Update 3-25-12
O'Connor vs Hennessey OK 9-0
The Eagles start the tournament with a win over Hennessey OK. Andrew Hull pitched 6 innings giving up just 1 hit while striking out 12 with Cooper Gray throwing the 7th, striking out 2 in his first appearance of the year. Offensively the Eagles did most of their damage in the 1st scoring 7 runs mainly on walks and errors by Hennessey. The Eagles would add 2 in the 2nd for the final 9-0.
Offensively: Gawelko, 1-3, rbi, Sutton 2-3 3 rbi's, Alvarez, 1-3 rbi and Saenz 1-3 rbi.
O'Connor vs Tulsa Memorial OK 7-9
In the second game of a double header Tulsa Memorial defeats O'Connor 9-7. The Eagle pitching staff had a rough go in this one giving up 14 hits. After 4 it was 5-4, Eagles getting 2 in the 2nd, 1 in 3rd and 3 in the 4th but in the 5th the Eagles give up 5 runs and never regain the lead.
Offensively: Saenz and Daus led the way each going 3-3.
O'Connor vs Broken Arrow OK 5-6
O'Connor took on last year's National Champions Oklahoma powerhouse Broken Arrow in their 3rd game of the tourney and it was a good one. Jade Bilbrey got the start and pitched 4 2/3 outstanding innings going right after the tough Broken Arrow lineup giving up 6 hits and walking 2. The Eagles got off to a quick start against a tough Broken Arrow pitcher scoring 1 in the 1st and 2 in the 2nd and with the help of some great defense the Eagles led 3-1 after 4 and were looking good, however, in the 5th the defense which had been stellar through 4 couldn't make a few plays and allowed Broken Arrow to score 4. Broken Arrow would add another run in the 7th making it 6-3. O'Connor would battle back and get 2 in their half but couldn't get the tying run in.
Offensively: Cooper Gray led the way as he continues to swing a hot bat going 3-4, 2 rbi's, Erickson 2-4, Bilbrey 1-2, Kelly 1-3, Sutton 1-4, 2 rbi's, Daus 1-3.
O'Connor vs Rogers AK 2-3
Rogers AK defeats O'Connor 3-2 in 8 innings. Nico Ortega got the start and pitched well going 5 innings, giving up 5 hits with Cameron Ming tossing 3 innings and giving up 1 run but no run support as the Eagles managed only 3 hits in this one.
Offensively: Nate Calles records his first hit and first rbi.
OC ends the first week of the Coach Bob Tournament losing 3 straight as they go 1-4 for the week. The Eagles look to get back on track this week with 3 games in the second half of the Coach Bob Tournament. Monday Columbine CO, Tuesday Sheldon OR and Wednesday Regis CO. All games at 3pm.
O'Connor Cruises Over Ironwood 3-14-12
The Eagles cruise to a 13-3 victory over Ironwood with Cameron Ming getting his 4th win on the season and the Eagles improve to 10-2. O'Connor led 1-0 after 2 innings then breaks the game open in the 3rd scoring 7 runs and another 4 runs in the 5th and added 1 in the 6th. Ming cruised through the first two innings, in the third Ironwood scores 3 but that would be it for Ironwood as Ming, Jake Harner and Brendon Erickson would shut out Ironwood the rest of the way. The Eagles pounded out 18 hits with 6 players having multiple hits. Leading the way was Cooper Gray, 4-4, 3rbi's, Owen Sanborn, 3-4, rbi, Adam Alvarez stays hot going 2-4 including a monster home run over the centerfield fence, and Erickson, Bilbrey, and Saenz all had 2 hits apiece. The Eagles head into spring break and the Coach Bob tournament next week playing 5 games in three days, 2 on Monday, 2 on Tuesday and 1 on Wednesday.
O'Connor Defeats Pinnacle 3-14-12
The Eagles bounce back from Monday's loss to Brophy and defeat Pinnacle 6-4. Sophomore Nico Ortega pitched 5 solid innings and kept the potent Pinnacle offense in check. With Ortega pounding the strike zone the defense came to play as well making numerous plays to thwart Pinnacle scoring opportunities. Offensively not a lot of hits against the Pinnacle pitchers, just 4 hits, but the Eagles put pressure on the defense by moving runners and putting the ball in play. Michael Gonzalez picked up the save in his second appearance of the season. Ortega's line, 5 innings, 7 hits, 2k's, 2 walks, 2 earned runs. Way to go Nico! Offensively Adam Alvarez led the way, 3-3, rbi and Daus and Erickson each had a hit and an rbi. Next up, OC at Ironwood.
O'Connor Winning Streak Ends 3-13-12
The Eagles saw their 8 game winning streak come to an end as Brophy bounces back from last week's loss and defeat the Eagles 10-2. Brophy pitching dominated the Eagles offense giving up just 2 hits. Josh Fogerlie takes the loss and through the first three innings the Eagles had chances defensively to get out of innings scoreless and keep the game close but couldn't come up with the plays when needed.
O'Connor Defeats Mountain Ridge 3-10-12
In front of a packed house O'Connor defeats rival Mountain Ridge 6-4. Mountain Ridge started the game with energy, chirpy and scored 2 runs in the first off starter Cameron Ming. Ridge Ace Houston Samuel held the Eagles scoreless thru 2 and after 2 it was 2-0 Mountain Ridge. In the third inning the Eagles get things going with a solo blast from Brendon Erickson then Austin Daus singles and an rbi double by Noah Kelly ties the game at 2 after 3. In the 4th Erickson and the offense weren't done, Owen Sanborn singles, Greg Saenz walks and Erickson hits his second home run of the game this one being a 3 run shot giving the Eagles a 5-2 lead after 4. Meanwhile Ming and defense did their job holding the Mountain Ridge scoreless innings 2 thru 5. The Eagles add another run in the 6th as Erickson doubles and Daus knocks him in for 6-2 lead after 6. The Eagles hold off a late charge by the Mountain Lions and win the game 6-4. Ming picks up the win giving up just 5 hits and 1 run and Michael Gonzales gets the save in his first action of the year. The Eagles move to 8-1 on the year with a 8 game winning streak. Offensively the Eagles were led by Erickson, 3-4, 2 hr's, dbl and 4 rbi's, Daus, 4-4 rbi, Kelly 3-3 dbl, rbi, Sanborn 2-3. Next up, the Eagles hit the road for 3 games next week, Monday at Brophy 7pm, Tuesday at Pinnacle 3:45pm and Friday at Ironwood 3:45pm.
O'Connor Run Rules Kingman 3-8-12
O'Connor stays hot as they run rule Kingman 12-0 in 5 innings and improve their record to 7-1. Josh Fogerlie picks up his second win of the season as Josh and the Eagles made quick work of Kingman. The offense was led by Noah Kelly, Cooper Gray and Greg Saenz who all had multiple hits. Next up for the Eagles, Mountain Ridge at OC, Friday 3/9. Big rivalry game so come out and support the Eagles.
Eagles Defeat Brophy 3-8-12
O'Connor wins a wild one Tuesday night 16-10 over Brophy. Once again the Eagles get off to a slow start and battle back for a huge win. After the 1st inning it was 2-1 Brophy. Brophy explodes for 7 runs in the top half of the 2nd making it 9-1. The Eagles plate 3 making it 9-4 after 2. Andy Hull who started the game had some tough luck, not pitching bad but couldn't catch a break against the tough Brophy lineup and gave way to Jake Harner after 2 innings. Harner came in and silenced the Brophy bats while the Eagles continued chipping away at the lead scoring runs in each inning; 6 in the third, 4 in the 4th, 1 in the 5th and 1 in the 6th for the final 16-10. The Eagles pounded out 16 hits including 7 doubles and 1 triple. Great job by Harner who picks up the win giving up 1 run in 5 innings of relief and great job by the OC bats up and down the order.
Coach Bob Tournament Volunteers 3-6-12
O'Connor will be playing and hosting several games in the upcoming Coach Bob Tournament. Tournament runs 3/19 - 3/30. O'Connor will be hosting games on the following dates: 3/9, 3/20, 3/21, 3/26, 3/27, 3/28 and 3/30. We need volunteers to help out in the concessions, gate and grill. Please click HERE for signup sheet and more information regarding game dates and times. Just add your name to time slot you can help out and document will automatically save when you exit. This will be our last effort to raise money for the program this year and we will need all the help we can get.
Eagles Apparel 3-3-12
Eagle apparel is now available. All orders must be in by 3/9. Click O'Connor Apparel in the menu for more information. Thank You Mark Daus.
Eagles Defeat Willow Canyon 3-3-12
For the second game in a row the Eagles had to battle back from an early deficit and go on to defeat the Willow Canyon Wildcats 9-6 and move to 5-1 on the season. Cameron Ming got the start and struggled through the first inning and after a couple hits, a questionable call and a home run the Wildcats were up 5-0. The Eagles got 2 back in the bottom of the 1st, 1 in the 2nd and explode for 6 runs in the third. After the first inning Ming settled down, found his command and got the Wildcats out 3 up 3 down in the next 3 innings to notch the win. Nicko Ortega relieved Ming in the 6th getting 4 K's, giving 1 run in picking up the save. Another good job by the Eagles to stay focused and battle back from the early deficit.
Offensively: Bilbrey, 2-4, dbl, 2 rbi's, - Gawelko, 2-3, rbi, -Sutton, 3-4, 2 dbl's, 2 rbi's, -Kelly, 1-3, Triple, -Sanborn, 2-3, rbi, -Gray, 2-4, rbi, Daus, rbi, -Erickson, sac fly.
Next up for the Eagles, Brophy on Tuesday, Kingman on Wednesday and Mountain Ridge on Friday, all home games. Come out and support the Eagles for a big week of baseball.
Eagles Defeat Deer Valley 2-29-12
After 1 inning of play the Eagles found themselves down 3-0 to the Skyhawks. The Eagles were held scoreless in the top half and Deer Valley got a 3 run HR off starter Josh Fogerlie. After the first inning it was all Eagles as Fogerlie worked out of a jam in the 2nd then found his rhythm and shut the Skyhawks down in order the next 3 innings. With Josh in command the Eagle offensive added 2 runs in 2nd, 1 in the 3rd and 4th, 4 in the 5th and 2 in the sixth for a final of 10-3. Andy Hull relieved Fogerlie in the 6th and much like Josh attacked the strike zone, worked quickly and it was 6 up and 6 down for Hull. Good effort up and down the lineup tonight.
Offensively: Bilbrey, 3-4, rbi, - Kelly, 3-5, - Gonzalez, 2-2, 2 rbi, - Daus, 2-3
Action Photos Available 2-24-12
Professional quality game action photos are available again this year. Get your action photos and help out the baseball program at the same time. Mr. Dave Erickson will be taking photos throughout the year. For more information click the Action Photos tab in the menu and check out a few of Dave's photos.
Thank You Mr. Erickson.
Eagles Defeat Gila Ridge 2-24-12
On Saturday morning the Eagles defeated Gila Ridge 8-3. The Eagles came out swinging and scored all 8 runs in the first ininning. Sophomore Cameron Ming got the start and pitched 3 dominating shutout innings. Sophomore Corey Wilson relieved Ming and threw 3 solid innings giving up 1 run and senior Brendon Erickson closed out the game. Another great effort by the Eagle pitching staff. The Eagles go 3-1 in the Adam Donnefield Tournament and are off to a good start early in the season.
Offensively: Bilbrey, single - Sanborn, single, dbl, (2) rbi, - Daus, (2) singles, rbi - Sutton triple (2) rbi - Saenz, single, rbi - Gray, single - Erickson single - Fogerlie, single, rbi.
Next up OC at Deer Valley, Tuesday, 3/28 at 3:45pm.
Eagles Defeat Kofa 2-26-12
On Friday the Eagles defeated the Kofa Kings 6-4. Sophomore Nick Ortega got the start and the win throwing 4 strong innings before giving way to Tyler Abrego and then Jake Harner who for the second time in this yound season came in and got the Eagles out of a jamb and shut the other team down. Defense was solid and the offense did enough at the plate to get the win.
Offensively: Gray, single, - Sutton, single, dbl, rbi, - Bilbrey, single, rbi - Sanborn, dbl, rbi - Saenz, dble, rbi
Eagles Bounce Back 2-24-12
The Eagles bounce back from an opening day loss with a dominating 10-3 win over Corona del Sol. Josh Fogerlie got the start and kept the Aztec bats off balance and with the help of his defense pitched 5 shutout innings. OC offense was as dominating as Josh was on the hill pounding out 11 hits including a 3 run homer by sophomore Noah Kelly. All around good game against a tough team/program.
Offensively: Kelly , hr, single, 4 rbi’s, - Daus, dbl, single, - Gonzales, dbl, rbi, - Bilbrey, 2 singles, rbi, - Sanborn, single, rbi, - Saenz, single, rbi
Eagles Drop Opener 2-24-12
The Eagles lost their season opener to Basha 4-3. Sophmore Andy Hull got the start and battled for 3 innings but the offense was slow starting and the Eagles found themselves down 4-0 after 3 innings. The offense got going late in the game scoring 2 in fifth, 1 in the sixth and down 4-3 after 6 innings. In the top of the 7th the Eagles had the bases loaded with one out but couldn’t get the tying or go ahead runs in. On the positive note, Jake Harner came in relief of Hull and silenced the bats of Basha and the Eagles battled back against a good Basha team.
Offensively: Erickson, 2 singles, - Gray, dbl/rbi, - Sutton, single, dbl, rbi, - Sanborn – sac fly
OC Baseball on Twitter 2-13-12
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Sports and Fitness Exchange 12/05/11
Sports and Fitness Exchange wants to team up O’Connor Baseball to pass on some savings on baseball equipment and in return donate money to the program. Basically for every $200.00 spent Sports and Fitness Exchange will donate $25.00 to the program. For more detailed information on this program and to learn more about Sports and Fitness Exchange click HERE.
Congratulations Brendon Erickson 11/09/11
Among family and friends Brendon Erickson signs his Letter of Intent with Brigham Young University. Congrats to Brendon and the Erickson family. Good luck next year with the Cougars!
Alumni News 8/15/11
Congratulations to 2008 grad Zach Macphee for signing with the Cleveland Indians. A 13th round pick, Zach will report to the Indians short A farm team after 3 solid years at ASU.
Alumni News 6/14/11
Congratulations to 2007 grad Travis Lane for being drafted in the 41st round of the Major League Baseball draft by the Kansas City Royals. Travis has signed with the Royals and will report to their Surprise complex. Travis started his college career at Air Force and this past season led Central Arizona College to the NJCAA World Series championship game.
JR Sunbelt News 6/1/11
Congratulations to Brendon Erickson on his selection to Team Arizona 2011. The Jr Sunbelt team will begin play 6/10/11 in Oklahoma. Good luck to Brendon and Team Arizona. To follow team Arizona go here.
Congratulations All-Stars 5/11/11
Congratulations to Tommy Lay and Cody Kimes for being selected to the 5AII All Star Game. Cody and Tommy will play for the North squad. The 5AII All Star game will be held at Surprise Stadium on June 3rd at 5pm.
Congratulations to the following players for being selected to the 5AII Northwest All Region Team
Tommy Lay, Pitcher
Cody Kimes, Outfield
Wesley Sutton, Catcher
Michael Gonzales, Pitcher
Greg Saenz, Shortstop
Austin Daus, Outfield
Josh Fogerlie, Pitcher
Brendon Erickson, Pitcher/Infield