Following back-to-back losses to 4A Conference, Grand Canyon Region-leading Mingus Union on Tuesday and Thursday, the Flagstaff baseball team played a strong game as they beat Washington High School, 11-1, Friday afternoon.
The Eagles suffered the series sweep to Mingus by a combined score of 22-8 and had 18 errors between the two games, according to Eagles manager Mike DoBosh. But, on Friday, the Eagles scored double-digit runs for the fifth time this season and the first since a March 31 win over Lee Williams.
“Defensively we struggled against Mingus. … So, obviously, defensively we need to improve that. You don’t win many games with nine, 10, 11 errors,” DoBosh said.
The skipper added that the team’s home-field performance against Washington was a confidence-builder because the Eagles felt deflated after their losses to the Marauders, who took the lead in the region standings with the sweep.
“Those two losses to Mingus were big losses for us -- you know, to win the region, basically, or to have a chance to win the region at least,” DoBosh said. “So, those were really deflating to our guys, especially how we played. So, to come back today and get a win is definitely a step in the right direction.”
The No. 10 Eagles, who improved to 9-3 overall with Friday's victory, were able to jump out to a large lead, leading 9-0 going into the top of the fourth. In that span, the Eagles recorded 11 hits and a one-run inside-the-park home run by third baseman Drew Healy, who ended the game batting 2 for 3 with one walk.
On the mound for the Eagles was Carter Kasprzyk, who threw a complete game, allowed one run, two hits and walked five batters.
Between the day the bats had and Kasprzyk’s pitching, the Eagles were able to keep No. 24 Washington (10-5) from creating any momentum to mount a comeback.
“We put the ball in play. We swung it pretty well and made some things happen. We scored some runs each inning. So, just good baseball,” DoBosh said, adding that Kasprzyk was able to pitch well.
The Eagles will take to the road and play another team from out of the region in No. 30 Casa Grande (8-7, 1-6) Saturday afternoon.
The biggest matchup, however, will be the always anticipated rivalry series against Coconino on Tuesday and Thursday. Coconino is currently sitting in fourth in the Grand Canyon Region, where they hold a 5-4 record to go with their 6-7 overall mark and No. 18 ranking in 4A.
Flagstaff is just one step ahead of Coconino at third in the region standings with a 5-3 record.
“We got some tough games coming up. Casa Grande will be tough, Coco is always tough, rivalry game. You know, we’ll see," DoBosh said. "We’re looking good right now, but we got to win some games down the stretch. We’ll see how we play.”