Arbor View coach Gary White was eager to see how his team would respond after Friday’s 18-8 loss to Centennial.
White was just as eager to see how pitcher Josh Arnold would battle back after his worst outing of the season against the Bulldogs.
White quickly got all the answers he needed Tuesday against Cimarron-Memorial. Arnold rebounded from his 1 1/3-inning performance by tossing a one-hitter in a 15-0 home rout of the Spartans.
Arbor View (22-7-1, 11-2 Northwest) opened a one-game lead over Centennial for first place in the Northwest Division. The Aggies face Legacy on Thursday in their final league game.
“We weren’t focused Friday against Centennial,” White said. “We decided to put Josh back on the mound because he threw just 35 pitches against Centennial. I tip my hat to my kids for the way they responded. Now, we are in position for our school’s first league crown — all of our thoughts are on Legacy now.”
The Aggies gave Arnold plenty of support, posting a 10-run second inning. Zack Hartman drove in a pair of runs in the second, and Sean Reilly, David McClure, Brooks Robinson and Jacob Badger added RBI hits.
Arnold (7-1) did the rest. The left-hander allowed just a fourth-inning single by Aaron Hernandez while facing five batters more than the minimum.
“Josh was terrific today,” said White, whose team has won 21 of its last 25 games after a 1-4 start. “He controlled the Cimarron hitters all day long and was never in danger. I’m proud of the way this team has played all season, but we still have work left to do.”
Hartman had three RBIs for the Aggies, and Reilly, Robinson, Chris Manning and Badger each drove in two.
• Silverado 12, Coronado 11 — At Silverado, the Skyhawks scored five runs in the bottom of the sixth to tie the game, then Stefan Norman’s two-run single in the bottom of the seventh finished off the Cougars.
With one out and runners at second and third, Norman slapped a hard shot up the middle. He finished 2-for-4 and drove in three runs for the Skyhawks.
Brandon Evans went 4-for-5 with four RBIs and three runs for Coronado.
• Palo Verde 13, Centennial 10 — At Palo Verde, Brandon Renteria went 2-for-4 and drove in three runs as the Panthers held off the Bulldogs.
Centennial brought the tying run to the plate in the top of the seventh, but Alex Boncyzk got Trevor Goff to fly out to left to end the game.
Drew Ludwig finished 2-for-2 with three RBIs and scored twice for Palo Verde.
Nate Rink doubled, tripled, scored twice and drove in two runs for the Bulldogs.
• Basic 15, Del Sol 0 — At Del Sol, John Anderson threw four shutout innings with eight strikeouts to help the Wolves rout the Dragons.
Basic’s Brett Wellman had a double and a triple.
• Legacy 14, Cheyenne 3 — At Cheyenne, Zach Monticelli went 2-for-2 with two doubles and three RBIs in the Longhorns’ six-inning win over the Desert Shields.
Donald Glover added a pair of doubles for Legacy.
Jorge Paula hit a two-run home run for Cheyenne.
• Green Valley 15, Tech 0 — At Tech, Eric Stewart was 3-for-3 with a home run, a double and four RBIs as the Gators wrapped up the Southeast Division title by beating the Roadrunners.
Nick Libonati was 2-for-2 with a home run, a triple and four RBIs. Daniel Levine and Libonati combined on a four-hitter.
• Shadow Ridge 15, Mojave 5 — At Shadow Ridge, Allan Butler had a home run, a single and two RBIs, Alex Cromwick hit a triple and a single and the Mustangs beat the Rattlers in five innings.
Willie Whitehead doubled twice for Mojave.
• Liberty 10, Foothill 9 — At Liberty, Jordan Dove was 3-for-4 with a triple and two RBIs as the Patriots held off the Falcons.
Trailing by four runs entering the bottom of the seventh inning, Foothill scored three times and put the tying run on second base with two outs. But Eddie Blitsch recorded his ninth strikeout to end the rally.
Liberty’s David Kinan, Danny Brundage, Mike Cyrkiel and Ty Domiano each had two hits.
Jordan Stewart was 3-for-4 with a double, a home run and two RBIs for the Falcons.
• Pine View (Utah) 11, Sierra Vista 1 — At Sierra Vista, Austin Smith had three home runs and six RBIs to lead Pine View past the Lions.
Jake Hager homered for Sierra Vista.
• Lake Mead 11, Laughlin 6 — At Laughlin, Phillip Nix had two hits to lead the Eagles over the Cougars.