Jake Schulz started his senior season at home on the mound by throwing five solid innings, and producing some offensive damage, as the Prescott Badgers beat the Mingus Marauders 7-0 on Thursday afternoon, to sweep the season series. Prescott beat Mingus 11-1 in Cottonwood this past Tuesday.
Schulz said, "There was so much excitement out there today. We have been waiting to play a home game for quite some time and today we got our chance. I was really amped up in the first inning, but I just had to settle down and do my job." In regards to his two run triple, "I saw the ball really well and the pitch was in a good location for me."
Mingus managed a leadoff single, but Schulz struck out two of the next three batters to end the inning. Prescott (2-0) in Grand Canyon Region, and (3-4) overall, jumped on top with two runs in the bottom of the first. Jacob Police singled, stole second, and scored on a wild pitch, and Jake Schulz walked, stole second and third, scoring on the bad throw, as the ball got past third baseman Joe Machado.
A scary moment took place in the top of third inning when Badger second baseman Slater Krupnick charged a ground ball off the bat of Justin Tanner. A bigger Chris Mathe who was on first base took off towards second. A split second after Krupnick fielded the ball, Mathe ran the Badger second baseman over. Amazingly, Krupnick managed to hold onto the ball for the out. Slater, who was ok despite the impact, had this to say about the play. "I just knew he was coming close, so I tried to tag him but got trucked over. I was not expecting that. Just glad I was able to hold onto the ball to get the out."
A fired up Badger squad took advantage in the bottom of the third inning to extend their lead. Three Mingus errors and four Badger hits resulted in five Prescott runs. The big blow coming off the bat of Jake Schulz, who tripled into the gap, knocking in two runs. Korey Schwartz singled in Schulz, and Ashton Hubbs got Schwartz home by putting the ball in play with a sacrifice fly.
Schulz picked up the win, allowing only a walk and two hits, while strikeout six in five innings. Luke Fredrick tossed the sixth, and Korey Schwartz got the final three outs.
Eight different Badgers collected hits, led by Jacob Police and Korey Schwartz with two a piece. Jake Schulz stole three of the Prescott five stolen bases in the contest, with Police, Schwartz, and Cooper Wells with one each.
Mingus remains winless at (0-2) and (0-5). The Marauders will look to get their first win of the season in Gilbert tomorrow as they travel to face Mesquite. The Badgers will be in Gilbert to play in the Bob Everett Classic this weekend. The two games on Saturday will be at Campo Verde High School, with a noon contest versus Maricopa, and a 3pm game against Red Mountain. Prescott will return to Campo Verde High School on Tueday, March 12 to face Cornerstone (Texas) at 1pm, and Desert Ridge at 3:30pm.
The Badgers lost for the second time this week to the Mingus Marauders. The Marauders beat the Badgers 16-1 yesterday in Cottonwood, after a 9-4 win n Tuesday in Prescott.
A 12-run second inning put the the Marauders put up 16-0. The Badgers lone run of the contest came in the top of the fourth, as Alyssa Ragan singled in Danner Cozens. Makayla Reyes had a triple, but was stranded at third.
Prescott (0-2) in Grand Canyon Region and (4-5) overall, will host Seton Catholic today at 3pm.
Varsity Boys Tennis
Williams Field Black Hawks beat the Prescott Badgers 8-1 at Prescott High School, Thursday afternoon. The Badgers number one player Sam Stoecker was the only PHS player to win a match. Stoecker won the best of three battle 7-5, 4-6, 10-6.
The Black Hawks remain unbeaten at (5-0) on the season. Prescott (1-4) will play Notre Dame Prep in Scottsdale on Thursday March 21 at 3:30pm.
Varsity Girls Tennis
Prescott 9, Williams Field 0