Pima continues run, defeats Scottsdale Prep 4-0 in Divison IV baseball quarterfinals

Pima continues run, defeats Scottsdale Prep 4-0 in Divison IV baseball quarterfinals

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Pima continues run, defeats Scottsdale Prep 4-0 in Divison IV baseball quarterfinals

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Just a day after defeating heavily-favored Yuma Catholic, Pima continued its run with a 4-0 shutout of Scottsdale Prep in the Division IV baseball quarterfinals.

Tyler Mortensen pitched a gem for Pima (13-12-1), going all seven innings for the complete-game shutout. He scattered three hits, walked none and struck out nine hitters.

Scottsdale Prep (16-12) never had more than one runner on base, with Mortensen showing off an impressive fastball that Scottsdale Prep batters simply couldn’t keep up with.

Neither team had an extra-base hit, but nine singles, five walks and some excellent baserunning were enough for Pima to score four runs. Dakota Lines (2-for-3) drove in two runs in the first, with Wyatt Reynolds coming in safe after a close play at the plate.

Curtis Hancock had a big role in the win, with three hits, two runs scored, a stolen base and an assist in right field.

Pima coach Greg Cooper didn’t seem surprised that his team performed so well and praised his squad’s effort over the past few games.

“We’re just solid,” he said. “Pitching, defense, hitting, we’re just really solid right now.”

Scottsdale Prep starting pitcher David Christensen got into trouble early and had trouble locating all day long. He walked three hitters in the first inning and finished with five in the game. He was chased in the top of the sixth, after giving up two singles and hitting a batter.

Bret Malkin was the lone bright spot for Scottsdale Prep, with two of the team’s three hits. They seemed lackadaisical from start to finish, with coach Will Munsil making numerous trips out to the field to discuss close plays with the umpiring staff.

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