Cimarron-Memorial coach Mike Hubel has probably never been happier to see a player not get a bunt down.
Hubel told Nick Borowski to look to drag bunt with one out in the bottom of the eighth inning. But after failing to bunt on the first pitch, Borowski drove a one-strike pitch over the right-field fence to lift the Spartans to a 6-5 home win over Arbor View in the Sunset Region tournament on Tuesday.
“I told him at the beginning of the inning, if we don’t get anybody on, look to drag bunt. At least get us a baserunner, give us a shot,” Hubel said. “He tried that drag bunt, and then he looked over in the dugout and I just told him to swing it. Hopefully he’ll catch one, and he did.”
The Spartans (25-6) play Bonanza (17-14) in the winners’ bracket final at 4 p.m. today at Sierra Vista.
“Just to put a good swing on a big pitch, it was good stuff,” Borowski said. “It was fun to be part of, that’s for sure.”
The Spartans were one out away from closing out the game in regulation when Arbor View’s P.J. Gonzalez hit a solo homer to right field to tie the game at 5. It was the second straight day the Aggies had rallied in the seventh to force extra innings.
Gonzalez went 4-for-4 with four RBIs to lead Arbor View, which plays Shadow Ridge (29-4) in an elimination game at 10 a.m. today at Sierra Vista.
■ Bonanza 8, Bishop Gorman 5 — At Gorman, the Bengals scored seven runs in the seventh, six after two were out, to top the Gaels.
“We told them we need baserunners,” Stafford said. “We told them to be patient. Honestly, I liked our approach all day. It just took a little time to push one across.”
The Bengals tied the game 2-all on Brett Doyle’s groundout, and Joaquin Orozco gave Bonanza the lead with a two-run single up the middle.
Two-run homers by Travis Ming and Alec Taft pushed the lead to 8-2.
The Gaels (27-6-1) play Desert Oasis (19-13) in an elimination game at 1 today at Sierra Vista.
■ Desert Oasis 2, Spring Valley 1 — At Desert Oasis, Joel Lewis hit a sacrifice fly to left field with one out in the bottom of the seventh to give the Diamondbacks the win over the Grizzlies (13-16-1).
Chris Van Kuren went the distance to get the win. He didn’t allow an earned run, struck out three and allowed six hits.
■ Shadow Ridge 9, Sierra Vista 6 — At Shadow Ridge, winning pitcher Logan Hold went the distance, striking out eight, and went 3-for-3 with a double and a run to lead the Mustangs past the Mountain Lions (22-11).
Brady Hoskins supplied two hits and two RBIs for Shadow Ridge.
■ Rancho 3, Foothill 2 — At Foothill, Bryce Harrell knocked in the go-ahead run wiht a single to left with two outs in the top of the sixth to give the Rams the win.
Rancho (21-13) will play Liberty (25-4) today at 4 p.m. at Las Vegas in the winners’ bracket final.
Rancho starting pitcher Josh Mill allowed two unearned runs on three hits with six strikeouts to get the complete-game win.
Foothill (21-10) takes on Green Valley (22-10) at 1 at Las Vegas in an elimination game.
■ Liberty 2, Basic 0 — At Liberty, Nate Bennett fired a five-hitter as the Patriots edged the Wolves.
Bennett struck out six, including three in the seventh inning to help secure the win. Bennett struck out the final two to strand runners at second and third.
Preston Pavlica had a two-run single in the fourth inning to account for Liberty’s runs.
■ Coronado 2, Las Vegas 0 — At Coronado, Chandler Blanchard fired a three-hitter with nine strikeouts as the Cougars topped the Wildcats.
James Anderson’s RBI double highlighted a two-run second for Coronado (27-3), which faces Basic (13-20) in an elimination game at 1 today.
Jose Sanchez threw a three-hitter with four strikeouts for Las Vegas, which finished 17-13.
■ Green Valley 3, Silverado 0 — At Green Valley, Jarod Penniman went 3-for-3 with a double and two RBIs to help the Gators eliminate the Skyhawks (12-18-1).
Michael Hillcoat and Ryan Jackson each had two hits for Green Valley. Blake Inouye pitched six shutout innings to earn the win .
DIVISION I-A SOUTHERN REGION
Tino Ragone was 3-for-3 with a run and an RBI, and Corbett Fleming drove in three runs to help Boulder City to an 11-5 home win over Chaparral in the Division I-A Southern Region Tournament.
Boulder City (21-7) plays at Faith Lutheran (23-8) at 7 p.m. today in the winners’ bracket final.
Chaparral (21-8) plays Tech (13-9) in an elimination game at 4 today at Faith Lutheran.
■ Faith Lutheran 4, Moapa Valley 0 — At Faith Lutheran, Jordan Dreibelbis pitched five shutout innings and combined with two relievers on a one-hitter as the Crusaders blanked the Pirates.
The Crusaders scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth on three consecutive singles and a two-base error.
Moapa Valley (16-9-1) plays Western (12-18) in an elimination game at 1 today at Faith Lutheran.
■ Western 9, Cheyenne 1 — At Western, Ryan Garbowski went 2-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs, and Osvaldo Escobar added two doubles and an RBI to help the Warriors eliminate the Desert Shields (7-18).
Javier Ruiz supplied a triple and scored twice and Edgar Reyes fired a three-hitter with 10 strikeouts to get the win.
■ Tech 16, Pahrump Valley 12 — At Pahrump Valley, Bryan Casas went 4-for-5 with a triple, three runs and two RBIs, and Josh West was 3-for-4 with a double, two runs and two RBIs as the Roadrunners outlasted the Trojans.
Aukai Alameda went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI for Pahrump, which finished 14-16.