Scottsdale Prep used a 12-run second inning and had six different players drive in a run as it cruised to a 20-5 victory over Ajo High School at Goodyear Ballpark on Tuesday.
“We just wanted to come out and play our game, and we thought we did that tonight,” Scottsdale Prep coach Will Munsil said. “We hit the ball hard and made some plays, and we know it’s the playoffs and we have to play sound baseball.”
Scottsdale Prep advances to play Glendale Joy Christian in the second round at 4 p.m. Friday at Goodyear Ballpark.
After trailing 2-0 after the top of the first, Scottsdale Prep (15-11) pushed three runs across the plate in the bottom of the first without getting a hit.
Two errors and a steal put runners at second and third when Mike Fernandez hit a high fly ball to center field that was misplayed and fell behind the fielder, scoring two runs. David Christensen followed with a ground out that gave Scottsdale Prep an early 3-2 lead.
“We have a lot of faith if we keep playing our game and that’s how it turned out,” Munsil said. “We hit it hard, but not to an open spot, but we knew if we hit the ball hard, things would fall.”
Scottsdale Prep sent 17 batters to the plate in the second as it broke the game open. Matt Munsil singled in a run, followed by Fernandez tripling in another. Jared Leakey hit a bloop single to center that drove in two and Bryson Becker drove in two with a hard shot to left field that was misplayed.
Greyson Boyll drove in two in the inning, and Fernandez drove in three more in the inning with a bases-loaded single to break the game open.
Scottsdale Prep added five more in the third to seal the game. Fernandez drove in six and Boyll four to lead Scottsdale Prep. Matt Munsil and David Christensen each drove in two as Scottsdale Prep also stole 10 bases in the game.
“We think we are a very good team, and we think that on any good day we can beat anyone,” Will Munsil said. “Of course, on any bad day, we can lose to anyone.”
Ajo finished the season 8-8.