The Phoenix Mountain Pointe baseball team showed Tuesday how deadly one big inning can be in the Division I playoffs.
Mountain Pointe exploded for six runs on four hits in the fifth inning to overcome Tempe Corona del Sol’s 4-3 lead at Phoenix Municipal Stadium and reach a 4 p.m. game Thursday against defending state champion Scottsdale Chaparral at Tempe Diablo Stadium.
In eliminating No. 24-seeded Corona del Sol (17-14), No. 14-seeded Mountain Pointe (24-8) proved it has the explosiveness needed to potentially match its 2011 state title, a step beyond runner-up finishes of 2010 and 1995.
Mountain Pointe led Corona del Sol 1-0 after three innings Tuesday, but trailed 4-1 after Corona del Sol’s five-hit fourth, sparked by RBI hits from Rick Riley and Jake Fett. After pulling within 4-3 in the fourth, however, Mountain Pointe found its offensive stroke in the that fateful fifth.
Mountain Pointe’s Cole Tucker began the rally by singling to center, and three walks later, the game was tied 4-4. Bryce Redaja singled in a run, then Taylor Martin doubled home two more, and Tommy Martinez drove home another. Several relief pitchers later, Tucker’s sacrifice fly put Mountain Pointe up 9-4.
In the sixth, Martin plated Nick Coronado for a 10-4 advantage, and Ernie De La Trinidad’s bases-loaded walk created the winning margin.
A win Thursday would avenge Mountain Pointe’s 12-2, five-inning loss to Chaparral in last season’s playoffs, after beating Mesa Mountain View 3-2 in nine innings.