Mountain Vista’s baseball team warmed up in the fifth inning of a chilly March 30 contsest against Arapahoe on the Warriors’ diamond.
Vista, ranked second in the March 28 CHSAANow.com Class 5A state rankings and the defending state champions, scored nine runs in the fifth inning in a 12-1 route over Arapahoe.
Mountain Vista remains undefeated at 7-0.
In the big inning, the Golden Eagles had four hits, coupled with three walks, a wild pitch and a Warriors’ error.
“Our bats came alive and we capitalized on a few mistakes,” said Golden Eagles Coach Ron Quintana. “It’s still early and we have a lot to work on and we still have some first-year varsity guys. It’s a good group of guys and they play hard for each other.”
Mountain Vista collected eight hits in the five-inning affair and junior Zeke Borel went 3-for-4, scored twice, had three runs batted in and stole a base.
“I just wanted to come out and help my team,” said Borel. “They had a starter who threw hard and I just wanted to help my team out as much as possible.”
Senior Tyler Mejia, the Golden Eagles’ leading hitter, went 2-for-3, with three runs and had an RBI.
Senior Anthoney Urbani was Vista’s starting pitcher and was on the mound all five innings. He gave up three hits, one run and fanned 10 batters.
“We are really starting to get it going and we starting to get it together,” said Borel. “We are starting to feel each other. I saw that feeling in thelast couple innings in our dugout, once we get rolling, we get going.
“It takes energy. We have to make sure we’re playing like it’s the state championship in every game.”
With the loss, Arapahoe fell to 1-3 for the season.
Easton Marks was the ringleader for the Warriors. The senior went 2-for-2 and clubbed a solo home run to lead off the second inning. Marks was also the starting Arapahoe pitcher and in four innings of work, he allowed four hits, three runs and struck out seven batters.
“Easton is a great player who commanded the zone well and is an offensive threat,” said Arapahoe coach James Dollaghan.