Pima Community College played their first two games of the Coyote Classic hosted by the College of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas, on Thursday, Jan. 31. In the Game 1, the Aztecs dropped their first game of the season with a 9-0 defeat to College of Southern Idaho. Freshman left-handed pitcher Cole Plouck suffered the loss for Pima going 3.1 innings with three earned runs.
The second game was a pitchers’ duel between the Aztecs’ Jake Cole and Southern Nevada’s Joey Lauria. Cole went five innings striking out five, while Lauria allowed no runs in five innings helping the Coyotes to a 1-0 victory. Southern Nevada is ranked 11th in the nation by Perfect Game.
Here is a look at the two games:
GAME 1 – Southern Idaho 9, Pima 0
Big Moment: The Golden Eagles put the game out of reach in the bottom of the sixth with six runs off four hits, including at two-run triple to right field by Nathan Ackerman.
Key Player: Southern Idaho starting pitcher Nolan Stouder shutout the Aztecs for six innings giving up only three hits and struck out three.
By the Numbers: 10. Walks allowed by Pima pitchers in the game. They also surrendered nine hits to the Golden Eagles.
GAME 2 – Southern Nevada 1, Pima 0
Big Moment: Alfonso Pacheco’s single to right field put runners on first and third with one out in the top of the seventh, but a double play hit by Cooper Smith a batter later ended the threat for the Aztecs.
Key Player: Cody Clark lined a solo home run out to center...
The Arizona Diamondbacks and San Diego Padres will play a spring training game at Kino Stadium, in Tucson, Ariz., on Sunday, March 17, at 1:05 p.m. The game will feature split-squads for both teams, as they also have a game in Phoenix that same day.
With that Sunday also being St. Patrick's Day, Kino Stadium is expected to have a green atmosphere.
Four days after the Padres and D-Backs there will be another spring training game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Chicago Cubs on Thursday, March 21 at 1:05 p.m.
The Dodgers and Cubs will play in a charity game in honor of the Christina Taylor-Green Memorial Foundation. Proceeds from the game will go to the foundation.
Tickets for both games will go on sale Saturday, Feb. 9, at 10:00 a.m. and can be purchased at www.tucsonpadres.com, the Kino Stadium box office, or by calling (520) 434-1367. Tucson Padres season ticket holders, voucher plan holders and sponsors can purchase tickets on Monday, Feb. 4. Ticket prices for the March 17 game range from $6.00-$20.00, while the game on March 21 are $8.00-$25.00.
After two rain outs to start the season, Pima Community College finally opened the 2013 campaign on Tuesday, Jan. 29, at Paradise Valley Community College. In the first game of the doubleheader, the Aztecs nearly no-hit the Pumas behind the pitching of Santiago Romero and Scotty Watson in a 4-0 win for Pima. The no-hitter was broken up with two outs in the seventh inning. In Game 2, the Aztecs and Pumas finished in a 2-2 tie after seven innings of play.
Here is a look at the two games:
GAME 1 – Pima 4, Paradise Valley 0
Big Moment: Zach Schira put the Aztecs up early with a two-run double in the top of the first scoring Jesus Arvizu and Alec Beyersdorf.
Key Player: Romero pitched four innings of no-hit baseball to start the game. He had eight strikeouts, five walks, and earned his first win of the season.
By the Numbers: 2. Aside from Schira’s two-run double, freshman Carlo Tacchia also brought in two runs with a single in the third inning.
GAME 2 – Pima 2, Paradise Valley 2
Big Moment: With two outs in the top of the third Kyle Becerra scored on a passed ball to give the Aztecs a 1-0 lead.
Key Player: Luis Robles singled twice in the game, but his RBI hit in the top of the fifth brought home Sergio Ortiz to tie the score at 2-2. The tying run came after the Pumas’ Kris Ayers hit a two-run home run in the previous inning.
By the Numbers: 7. The number of combined strikeouts between starter Will Holbrook and reliever Hyrum Formo in five innings...
Three high school players from Tucson signed National Letter of Intents with junior colleges on Thursday, Jan. 24.
Catalina Foothills' Tyler Alev and Sebastian Zawada signed with South Mountain Community College, while Sabino's Gabe Johnson will play at Odessa College of Texas after high school.
Alev, a right-handed pitcher and third baseman, went 1-2 with 14 strikeouts in 18.2 innings his junior season. Zawada, an infielder, led the Falcons with 29 hits, 15 RBIs, and five home runs in 2012.
Johnson, an outfielder for the Sabercats, batted .280 with 16 RBIs and 14 runs last season.
Two former University of Arizona pitchers, Kyle Simon and Preston Guilmet were invited to spring training this week. Simon received an invitation from the Philadelphia Phillies, while Guilmet will be in camp this spring with the Cleveland Indians.
Tom Wilhelmsen (Tucson High School) and Stefen Romero (Pima Aztec/Sunnyside High School) were both in attendance at the Seattle Mariners' Fan Fest on Saturday, Jan. 20, at Safeco Field. Wilhelmsen, the Mariners' closer had 29 saves in 2012, while Romero is one of Seattle's top minor league prospects.
Tucson Padres' Jedd Gyorko was named the top minor league prospect at second base by MLB.com on Saturday. Gyorko split time between second and third base last season, but projects better at second because of Chase Headley playing third base at the major league level.
The Tucson Padres announced this week that their radio broadcasts for the 2013 season will air on 1290 AM. Here is an article with more details on the new broadcasts.
The stats below are for players with Tucson connections from winter league playoff games on Jan. 20-26. This was the final week of the winter league playoffs for all the players. Go to the players listing for more information and links to the players. DNP = Did not play.
Dominican Winter League
Samuel Deduno (former Tucson Padres)... Aguilas Cibaenas - DNP
Luis Perdomo (former Tucson Padres)... Aguilas Cibaenas - [1 gm] 1.2 IP, 0 hits, 2 runs, 2 ER, bb, k
The Arizona Wildcats were ranked tenth in USA Today Top 25 coaches' poll that was released on Friday, Jan. 25. The ranking is the highest the Wildcats have received for the preseason. UCLA, Oregon, and Stanford were also ranked in the Top 10 of USA Today's poll.
Perfect Game released their Preseason Top 25 rankings on Tuesday, Jan. 22, and the Wildcats were ranked 22nd in their poll. They were one of six Pacific-12 Conference teams to be listed in the Top 25. Here is a link to the rest of Perfect Game's rankings.
Baseball America published their rankings on Thursday, Jan. 24, with Arizona at No. 24 in the country. Checkout the publication's preview of the Wildcats with projected lineups and team talent rankings.
The Wildcats were also ranked 18th in the nation in Collegiate Baseball Newspaper's preseason poll in December.
Sophomore catcher Riley Moore was named the 52nd best player in the country by College Baseball Daily on Monday, Jan. 21. He is the second Wildcat to be listed on the website's Top 100 college players for 2013. Sophomore pitcher Mathew Troupe is ranked 86th. As of Tuesday, College Baseball Daily has only released the names of the players listed between 50-100.
UofA announced that "Meet the Team Day" will be on Saturday, Feb. 2, at Hi Corbett Field. The event starts at 10:00 a.m. starting with batting practice. The Wildcats will then play an intrasquad game at noon, followed by an autograph session after the game. Admission and parking...
The newly formed Nemesis Baseball Elite 11U Team from Tucson made a good first impression in their inaugural tournament on Jan. 19-21, at the Big League Dreams Sports Park, in Gilbert, Ariz.
The Nemesis came away undefeated winning all five of their games and claiming the USSSA MLK Classic NIT championship in the 11U Majors division.
The team, coached by Bryan Calloway, also qualified for the Global World Series this summer in West Covina, Calf.
“Every kid on the roster participated and played very well. Each one represented Southern Arizona baseball in style,” said J.J. Ruther, an assistant coach for the Nemesis. “A team from Tucson has not won a Majors championship in Phoenix in some time.”
The Nemesis did not just win the tournament, they dominated their opposition from around the Valley of the Sun. Their offense combined to score 52 runs in five games, while only allowing 21.
In the championship game against one of the better club teams in the state, the Nemesis ten-run ruled the Arizona Tribe 13-3 in four innings.
The club team was established on Dec. 1, 2012, compiled of some of the best 11-year-old players in Southern Arizona to compete against elite teams from around the Southwest.
“Keep your eye on this team they will do some big things,” Ruther said.
Here is a list of the players on the Nemesis and their game results from the MLK Classic NIT:
Canyon del Oro High School graduate Scott Hairston has agreed a two-year contract with the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday, Jan. 23. The deal will become official after Hairston completes a physical.
The outfielder is coming off one of the best years of his career. In 2012, he batted .263 with 20 home runs, 57 RBIs, and a .504 slugging percentage with the New York Mets.
Hairston was also one of the best hitters in major league baseball against left-handed pitchers last season. His 54 hits against southpaws tied him for the 10th most in the National League.
According to baseball writer Ken Rosenthal, Hairston is projected to play in right field for the Cubs. With the Mets he played all three-outfield spots with the majority of his time coming in left field.
The Cubs will be the fifth organization Hairston has played for in his 13 years of professional baseball. He was selected in the third round of the major league draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2001 out of Central Arizona College.
Two high school players from Tucson were named to the All-Tournament 16U team at the Perfect Game MLK Championships on Jan. 18-21 at in Phoenix, Ariz.
Sophomore pitchers Joseph Escarcega of Sunnyside High School and Manny Manzanares of Santa Rita were awarded for their play in the tournament with the Tucson Bobcats club team. Manzanares allowed only two hits, no walks, and eight strikeouts in seven innings of work, while Escarcega struck out six in nine innings.
The Tucson Bobcats went 2-2 on the weekend with wins over the NorCal Baseball Black and the Illinois Indians Tribe. A total of 16 teams from five states played in the 16U division of the tournament.
The MLK Championships were hosted at Glendale Camelback Ranch, the spring training complex of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago White Sox, along with Arizona Christian University and two high school fields.
Former Arizona Wildcat outfielder Shelley Duncan signed a minor league deal with the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday, Jan. 22. The deal includes an invitation to spring training.
The 2013 season will be Duncan's 13th year of professional baseball. He was drafted in 2001 by the New York Yankees in the second round of the major league draft.
The Canyon del Oro High School graduate has spent the past three seasons with the Cleveland Indians. In 2012, he hit .203 with 11 home runs and 31 RBIs. The Indians designated Duncan for assignment on Wednesday, Aug. 29, before being assigned to Triple-A Columbus for the remainder of the season.