Grass mows ’em down for Wildcats

Wes Grass probably muttered to himself while walking out to left field during the seventh inning Wednesday.

The Las Vegas junior wasn’t happy about being lifted from the mound in the Steven Janvrin championship game of the Blazer Spring Bash.

In his six-plus innings on the mound, though, he did enough for most in attendance to remember.

Grass struck out 13, including the first eight outs, in Las Vegas’ 10-4 title-clinching win over Centennial (Calif.) at Durango.

“Every time he steps out there, you expect something like this,” Las Vegas coach Sam Thomas said. “He’s a great competitor. He was probably calling me a few names when I took him out.”

Grass allowed four hits and four walks. Three of the Golden Hawks’ runs were unearned.

And he got plenty of offensive support early as the Wildcats scored all of their runs in the first two innings.

Bryce Harper went 3-for-3 with three RBIs, and Tanner Chauncey was 2-for-4 with a double and three RBIs for Las Vegas.

“This is a huge win for us,” Thomas said. “We played a great team.”

Cleveland (Calif.) 16, Arbor View 2 — At Sierra Vista, the Cavaliers pounded the Aggies with 16 runs in the first three innings to take the championship in the tournament’s other bracket.

Cleveland scored 10 runs in the second inning, aided by Nick Kaid’s two-run homer.

Las Vegas 4, Spring Valley 2 — At Durango, Grass hit a go-ahead RBI double in the fifth inning as the Wildcats rallied from an early 2-0 deficit.

Grass was 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored.

Cameron Brooks was 2-for-3 with four stolen bases and two runs scored for the Grizzlies.

Arbor View 1, Birmingham (Calif.) 0 — At Sierra Vista, Josh Arnold’s RBI groundout in the top of the fourth proved to be the difference.

Zach Hartman doubled with one out and went to third on a single by Brooks Robinson before scoring the game’s lone run.

Arnold also was the winning pitcher, firing a one-hitter with seven strikeouts and no walks.

Centennial (Calif.) 18, Centennial 6 — At Durango, Joe Ramirez was 3-for-4 with a double, a home run and five RBIs as the Golden Hawks routed the Bulldogs in the semifinals.

Bryan Maxwell and Jarrett Martin added home runs for the Golden Hawks.

Sierra Vista 1, Sylmar (Calif.) 0 — At Sierra Vista, Kyle Gamble tripled home David Decarlo with one out in the bottom of the seventh to give the Lions the win.

Jake Jager was 3-for-3 and threw a one-hitter with six strikeouts for Sierra Vista.

Bonanza 12, Roosevelt (Calif.) 4 — At Spring Valley, Chasen Shreve was 3-for-5 with three RBIs and Chris Antoku was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI to lead the Bengals.

Andrew Perreault added two hits and an RBI, and Kris Bryant homered and scored three runs for Bonanza.

Durango 4, Rim of the World (Calif) 3 — At Durango, Aaron Kurcz went 2-for-3 with a triple and an RBI to help the Trailblazers beat the Fighting Scots.

Durango trailed 3-2 before scoring two runs in the bottom of the seventh to gain the win.

El Camino Real (Calif.) 2, Palo Verde 1 — At Centennial, the Panthers rallied for a run in the top of the seventh but left the tying run at third base.

It was the third straight one-run loss for Palo Verde.

Pinch runner Tyler Yost scored the Panthers’ lone run on a groundout by Troy de los Santos.

Boulder City 6, Carson (Calif.) 2 — At Durango, Zach Bartholomew went 2-for-2 with a double and two RBIs as the Eagles beat the Colts.

Cole Stublitz scattered four hits with eight strikeouts and one walk to get the win.

Flowing Wells (Ariz.) 14, Tech 1 — At Durango, the Caballeros scored eight runs in the third inning and went on to defeat the Roadrunners.

Stephen Desgagne and Artie Carrera each tripled for Flowing Wells.


Bishop Gorman 13, Brighton (Utah) 3 — At Scottsdale, Ariz., Paul Sewald had a bases-loaded double to help the Gaels beat the Bengals in five innings at the Cleats National Invitational.

Jeff Malm had a double, two runs scored and two RBIs for Gorman.

Bishop Gorman 15, Canyon Del Oro (Ariz.) 1 — At Scottsdale, Ariz., Joey Rickard slugged a grand slam to help the Gaels earn a five-inning win.

John Rickard added a double and a home run, and Malm was 2-for-2 with a three-run homer and three runs scored for Gorman.

Cheyenne 11, Liberty 4 — At Cheyenne, the Desert Shields took advantage of six fourth-inning errors to score six runs and take control against the Patriots.

Jacob Hoff and Brandon Carroll each went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI for Cheyenne.

Silverado 9, Kennedy (Calif.) 1 — At La Mesa, Calif., Brett Barrett threw a four-hitter to lead the Skyhawks to a win at the Lions Tournament.

Barrett struck out six and walked two. Jordan Keegan was 3-for-3 with three runs scored, and Adam Koglin went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI for Silverado.

Foothill 7, Calexico (Calif.) 6 — At Chula Vista, Calif., Jordan Stewart was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs, and Kevin Wibiral was 2-for-3 with a triple and two RBIs to lead the Falcons to the win in the Lions Tournament.

Matt Love allowed two earned runs in 5 1/3 innings to gain the win.

Green Valley 7, Pleasant Valley (Calif.) 5 — At El Cajon, Calif., Nick Melino went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and Matt Harrison was 2-for-4 with an RBI to lead the Gators past the Vikings in the Lions Tournament.

Mark Johnson pitched five innings and struck out five to earn the win for the Gators, and Josh Bray struck out four in two innings to gain the save.

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