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When junior outfielder Bradley Cox slid into home plate to give the Scorpions a 10-9 victory at home Wednesday, March 9, fans cheered and players rushed the field in one of the biggest upsets in recent memory.

Senior Tyler Hollmann pitched seven innings, allowing nine runs on five hits while striking out six in the 10-9 victory Wednesday, March 9, over rival Mingus Union High School. Hollmann threw 151 pitches to get the complete game.“What an outstanding, outstanding, outstanding performance by Tyler [Hollmann],” second-year Sedona Red Rock High School Head Coach Rob Henry said of his starting pitcher. “He kept them off balance the entire game.”

Although the Scorpions allowed Mingus Union High School to score nine runs, the 4A-II conference state champions in 2008 and 2009 didn’t have an answer for the Sedona bats either, making for an interesting contest.

Tied 9-9 heading into the bottom of the seventh inning, Cox lined a 2-2 pitch from senior hurler Matt Chavez to give Sedona the leadoff double it sorely needed.

The Scorpions led 9-6 going into the top half of the seventh, but surrendered three Mingus runs to tie it 9-9.

Mingus shortstop Carlos Abrigo singled to make the score 9-8, but made it to second base on a bad decision by Sedona left fielder Jack Johnson, who tried to throw home instead of just hitting the cutoff man.

Shortstop Troy Loparco tries to catch an errant throw by catcher Morgan Rice on Wednesday, March 9, on a stolen base attempt during the first inning of Sedona Red Rock High School’s baseball game against Mingus Union High School. Loparco caught the throw and tagged the runner out. The Scorpions would go on to upset rival Mingus 10-9. With Abrigo standing on second base, left fielder Carson Sandoval hit a Texas Leaguer right over the infield, which landed in front of a diving Johnson. The hit scored Abrigo, tieing it 9-9.

“We’ll discuss some of our mental errors tomorrow. Right now, this is a big win,” Henry said.

Nevertheless, after Cox’s double, Mingus walked Hollmann to put runners on first and second with no outs. Third base coach Tim Hollmann gave the bunt sign to second baseman Andrew Rippy, who promptly laid a perfect sacrifice down, moving Cox and Tyler Hollmann up a base.

First-year Mingus Head Coach Kent Winslow decided to also intentionally walk senior Troy Loparco, loading the bases for cleanup hitter Arley Leyva.

Leyva didn’t wait long, as he lined the second pitch he saw to deep center field, allowing Cox to tag from third and send the Scorpions home with a walk-off sacrifice fly.

“They swung the bats well; you have to give them credit,” Winslow said after the game Wednesday as he and his team walked off the field.

Mingus didn’t look like the traditional Marauders baseball program, with several errors on easy ground balls and miscommunication on the infield.

Although Mingus lost three starters in 2010 who went on to play college ball, the Marauders faithful still expect perfection.

With the victory, Sedona improves its record to 4-1-1 overall this season.

The Scorpions were one day removed Wednesday from losing a heartbreaker at Northwest Christian High School, leading 7-1 with eight outs to get before losing 11-10.

Standouts included Hollmann who pitched fairly well against a tough lineup, earning the complete game, throwing 151 pitches in seven innings, while allowing nine runs on five hits.

Hollmann struck out six and walked six, but more than likely was charged with only four to five of the nine runs surrendered due to several errors committed by the Scorpion defense.

When asked how his arm felt after throwing 151 pitches, Hollmann’s response was that of a kid who just won.

“I could throw tomorrow; my arm feels great,” Hollmann said with a big smile.

At the plate, Hollmann was 2-2 with three walks, three runs scored and two RBIs while Loparco was 3-4 with two doubles and a walk, a run scored and two RBIs.

Johnson wasn’t bad at the plate either, going 3-4 with a double, a run scored and an RBI.

Sedona will get a few days rest before getting ready for a road trip to Wickenburg High School on Tuesday, March 15. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.

Hollmann could be ready to go by then, getting five days’ rest, but Henry may choose to go with Johnson, who is currently the No. 1 starter for Sedona.

The Scorpions have two games during spring break next week, with the second coming Wednesday, March 16, at rival Camp Verde High School.

The next home game for Sedona comes Tuesday, March 22, when the Scorpions welcome Chino Valley High School.


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