Jack Berger gave up four hits and issued as many walks, and 2A Conference Northland Prep made quick work of Central Region opponent North Pointe Prep on Tuesday, opening the season with an 18-0 mercy-rule win in Phoenix.
The starter pitched the complete five-inning game, and the Spartans recorded 10 RBIs on six hits. Chase Hamilton led the hitting for the Spartans, going 2 for 3 with three RBIs and as many runs scored to go with a double.
Connor Barta also scored runs for the Spartans, who as a team reached base nine times on walks. Jacob Marquez contributed a double in the win as did Zach Tweed.
Tweed's double was good for an RBI and he scored twice.
Northland Prep plays the 3A Kingman Academy Tigers on Thursday for a doubleheader on the road.
EAGLES 9, BEARS 5
Flagstaff opened Grand Canyon Region play with a solid showing on the road in Prescott Valley Tuesday afternoon.
The 4A Eagles (3-1, 1-0 Grand Canyon) beat the Bradshaw Mountain Bears behind some timely offense and relief pitching.
Bradshaw put on the pressure with a three-run fifth inning to trail 6-5, but Flagstaff answered with a dominant finish. The Bears failed to register a hit off Eagles relief pitcher Josh Cornelius while the Eagles offense put up two runs in the sixth and one in the seventh to pad the lead.
Eagles starting pitcher Josh Morrow went 4 1/3 innings, allowing four runs on five hits as he struck out one batter. Cornelius gave up one run in 2 2/3 innings while striking out three.
Offensively the Eagles were bolstered by Hunter Rodriguez’s 2-of-4 day at the plate. He drove in one run along with connecting for one double. Cornelius added to his cause, going 1 for 3 at the plate with two RBIs.
Flagstaff was originally set to face Bradshaw at home Thursday, but the field in Flagstaff still isn’t ready. Instead, Thursday’s game will be played at Bradshaw with the Eagles playing as the home team.
First pitch is set for 2 p.m.
BEARS 10, EAGLES 2
Flagstaff allowed six runs in the fourth inning of its Grand Canyon Region opener, and hosting Bradshaw Mountain won its fourth straight regular-season ballgame Tuesday in Prescott Valley.
The Eagles fell to 1-2 in the regular season with the loss.
SPARTANS 13, FALCONS 2
Northland Prep won its season and region opener on the road Tuesday, routing North Pointe Prep in five innings for the mercy-rule victory.
The 2A Spartans put at least one run on the scoreboard in each of the five innings.
Northland Prep plays a doubleheader Thursday at Kingman Academy.
EAGLES 6, KNIGHTS 3
After splitting singles matches to start the day, Division II Flagstaff's doubles pairings went to work for a win Tuesday in Phoenix, keeping the Knights winless to start the season.
It took an impressive comeback from the young duo of Flagstaff freshman Brooke Freshour and sophomore Pearl Garner at No. 1 doubles. The two found themselves down 7-1 and rallied for the 9-7 victory.
Meanwhile, the Eagles' No. 2 doubles duo of Savannah Bell and Colette Boulet won 7-3 in the decider for the 9-8 victory, helping Flagstaff improve to 3-1 after dropping the season opener. On the third court, Erica Ring and Allie Thomas finished up ahead at 8-3.
Garner won her No. 1 singles match, 6-0, 6-4, and Bell was the victor on court four, 6-2, 6-3. Ring went 6-1, 6-4 at the No. 5 spot.
Flagstaff plays Desert Edge on Thursday for a road match.
PANTHERS 9, RATTLERS 0
D-II Coconino recorded another sweep to improve to 2-0, cruising by hosting D-II North Canyon Tuesday.
Olivia Larson bageled her opponent 6-0, 6-0 at No. 2 singles for the Panthers, and teammate and No. 4 player Taylor Rhoton dropped just one game while she got her victory.
Emma Walker won at No. 1, 6-1, 6-2, and Connor Garrod claimed the third court by the same score. Angel Begay won 6-4, 7-5 at No. 5 and Hannah Goodman went 6-3, 6-0 on six.
Larson and Walker blanked their doubles opponents, 8-0, at No. 1. Rhoton and Garrod nearly did the same at No. 2 with an 8-1 outcome. Goodman and Begay registered an 8-5 result.
Coconino hosts Estrella Foothills Thursday for its home opener at 3 p.m.
EAGLES 9, KNIGHTS 0
Flagstaff kept its perfect season going with a road win Tuesday over St. Mary's, improving to 4-0.
Layton Hagerman, a Flagstaff freshman, continued his perfect run to start the season with a fourth straight 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 1 singles. He paired with Samuel Jensen at No. 1 doubles and the two won 8-0 for the second time this season.
Jensen went 6-3 in each of his sets for the sweep at No. 2 singles. Moez Boussarsar and Grant Palmer each won 6-1, 6-0 at the fifth and sixth court respectively. At No. 3 singles for Flagstaff, Matthew Morales recorded a 6-1, 6-2 victory, and Bryce Kotalik added a two-set win at No. 4, 6-3, 6-1.
Morales and John Avery took the No. 2 doubles match, 8-1, and Cutler Dunn and Joshua Yordy were victorious, 8-3, in the third flight.
Flagstaff takes on Desert Edge Thursday on the road.
TRACK AND FIELD
The Division IV Northland Prep Spartans and the D-III Page Sand Devils went home with some hardware after competing over the weekend at the NPA Skydome Classic in Flagstaff on the Northern Arizona campus.
Eleni Pappas finished Saturday's meet in the Walkup Skydome with first-place outcomes in the 60- and 200-meter dashes for the Spartans, the defending state champions on the girls side. She ran the 60 in 8.19 and the 200 in 27.16. Page's Zhanna Edwards finished fourth in both of those events.
Northland Prep's Ana Nicol won the high jump with a mark of 4-10, and teammate Lora Berger came in second at 4-08.
On the boys side for the Spartans, Brandon Bounds took first place in the 1600m in 4:36.19, edging out Page's Lance Harris and his 4:36.2 for the win. Shining for the Spartans in the long-distance races as well was Micah Stanton, who ran a 10:23.02 in the 3200 for the top podium spot. Page's Rex Martin was second in the 3200 in 10:33.42.
Page's Skyler Sandoval finished third in the 3200, and Dana Leib-Perry of NPA was fourth.
Trent Holiday got a gold for Page, claiming the victory in the 800m in 2:03.45, with Northland Prep's Sailor Starcher finishing second in the event in 2:06.53. Kaipo Uejo came through in sixth for Page in the race.
Also for Page, Giovanni Coulson crossed the finish line of the 200m in 24.09 for second place. And for Northland Prep in the 400m, Joshua Dries was fifth.
In the field events, Page's Kele Meredith was the runner-up in the shot put with a mark of 44-02.75, and teammate Connor Begay was fourth with a 40-06.25. Basis Flagstaff's Graham Norris finished in fourth place in the long jump, covering an 18-00.25 distance.