Perry Pumas  

    The Brown family and the Pohlman family
    Pair of Pumas sign letters of intent
    November 8, 2017
    Seniors Matty Brown and Ty Pohlmann became the latest baseball players to commit to play baseball at the college level.
    Every baseball player says they’re a shortstop or centerfielder - those are the most exciting positions and sometimes you get the "dig-me" type of guy there. Brown is a natural shortstop and like the many selfless guys that have donned the cardinal and navy in the past, he made a sacrifice last season and learned how to play left field because that was where he was needed.
    Brown (Wofford College) is one of Perry's best bats - a switch hitter with pop and speed - and all he did last year in a new position was become an All Region outfielder in one of the toughest conferences in the nation. In the playoffs he led the team in hitting and RBI, and since then has continued to be one of our most reliable guys, on and off the field.
    In 2017, Pohlmann (Univ. Nevada-Las Vegas) turned in one of the most dominating performances in school history during a two-game stretch where he matured from a hard-thrower to an elite pitcher. During that stretch, Pohlmann threw 14.1 innings, struck out 17 hitters, allowed only six hits and two runs. And since that playoff run, he has only gotten better. Complacency is not in his vocabulary - not on the field, the classroom or the community. Both Brown and Pohlmann represent our high school well, and are sure to make their future programs very proud.

    Pohlman becomes fifth Puma to represent PHS in Sunbelt
    Junior pitcher Ty Pohlman pitches in a playoff game against Kofa High School. The Pumas won 2-0. (Photo by Kennedy Wagner) June 1, 2017
    For the fifth time in Perry's brief history, a Puma baseball player will represent the state of Arizona in the Junior Sunbelt Classic in Oklahoma.
    Fresh off of his stellar 2017 campaign, junior right-hander Ty Pohlman will join head coach Scott Richardson's (Tolleson HS) pitching staff this summer.
    "Ty definitely earned this opportunity," PHS head coach Damien Tippett said. As a junior, "he was...arguably our most dependable guy on the mound this year. I can see why Coach Richardson would want him on his team -- he was unbelievable on the biggest stage in the playoffs this year."
    In two postseason starts, Pohlman posted a 0.97 ERA, 0.63 WHIP, he allowed only six hits and punched out 17 hitters in 14.1 IP. For the season as a whole, the 6'5 fire-baller led the team in IP (51.1), strike outs (58), and BAA (.234).
    Pohlman joins an elite group of PHS alumni to participate in the summer games: pitcher Jaren Drummond (2012), infielder Austin Bull (2015) and Trevor Hauver, and catcher Cody Holtz (2017) all participated in the summer classic during their days at PHS.

    Senior Jacob Tanaka (7) greets junior Matty Brown (2) after Brown's home run on April 29. (Photo by Thomas Richardson) After bumpy start, baseball finishes inside top-6
    May 26, 2017
    By Zach Klein
    The Precedent
    It is never easy to be at peace with a playoff loss, especially late in the postseason -- especially when your team will lose 12 of the 25 rostered players to graduation.
    The class of 2017 has one of the largest senior classes in both school enrollment and baseball players, and this year's starting lineup bolstered seven regular senior starters.
    "It is a special group of guys," head coach Damien Tippett said. "We won lots of tournaments together, this group was a little different than any other group I have had just because we had been through so much."

    Bats, Brownlee, stifle Mountain Lions
    May 3, 2017

    The No. 6 Perry baseball team (18-11) jumped out to an early lead over No. 3 Mountain Ridge and took home an 8-1 victory on Wednesday.                

    The Pumas secured the victory thanks to six runs in the fourth inning, when senior Trevor Hauver fired a double, junior Matty Brown singled, senior Jacob Tanaka singled and senior Vinnie Peralta singled to cap off the rally.                

    Perry took an early lead in the first inning when senior catcher Cody Holtz's sac fly scored one run. Perry then scored on a single by senior Tommy Sacco in the second inning.

    Senior pitcher Buddy Brownlee earned the win - it was his first start since 2015 after undergoing Tommy John surgery. He went six innings, allowing one run, five hits, striking out five, and walking zero. Lowe took the loss for Mountain Ridge. He threw three innings, allowing four runs, four hits, and striking out two.

    Perry Pumas Varsity had 14 hits in the game. Peralta, Tyler Gulley, Tanaka, Brown and Coleman Roberts each collected multiple hits for Perry Pumas Varsity. Gulley and Peralta each managed three hits to lead the Pumas.

    Next up for PHS is a quarterfinal rematch with No. 10 Hamilton. The two teams met up in the same round in 2016. The game is set for Friday at 6:30 at Maryvale Stadium. 

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    Pohlman throws shut out in opening round of playoffsSenior Trevor Hauver singles in Saturday's playoff win over Kofa.

    April 29, 2017
    Junior pitcher Ty Pohlman didn't allow a single run as No. 6 Perry defeated No. 11 Kofa 2-0 on Saturday on the PHS campus. Pohlman allowed just two hits and struck out Juan Cortez to end the game.
    The pitching was strong on both sides. Ty Pohlman struck out nine, while hurlers for Kofa sat down four.
    Pohlman earned his fourth win of the season and helped the Pumas (17-11, 5-3) advance to the Super 8 for the second consecutive year. He pitched seven innings, surrendering zero runs, two hits, striking out nine, and walking one. Damien Rinehart took the loss for Kofa. He tossed five innings, surrendering two runs, four hits, and striking out four.
    Matty Brown went 2-for-3 at the plate to lead Perry Pumas Varsity in hits. Perry Pumas Varsity didn't commit a single error in the field. Cody Holtz had nine chances in the field, the most on the team.
    Perry now enters the double-elimination "Super 8" round of the 6A playoffs. They will travel to Maryvale Baseball Stadium Wednesday, May 3 to take on Mountain Ridge at 4 p.m.
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    Sophomore pitcher D'Shayne James is also a varsity football and basketball player at PHS. Baseball player James continues multisport tradition
    March 30, 2017
    By Lauren Fountain
    The Precedent
    Once upon a time, a typical high school athlete might play football in the fall, basketball during the winter, and baseball in the spring.
    Now, with the student-athletics as competitive as they are, their focus tends to be specialized on only one sport. The idea of trying to balance or refine any other skill set is seemingly impossible.

    Freshmen duo combines for no-hitter
    March 28, 2017

    Hunter Flores to get the last out of the game, as two pitchers teamed up to a throw a no-hitter in Perry Pumas Freshman's 15-0 defeat of North on Tuesday.

    Perry Pumas Freshman grabbed an early lead. Perry Pumas Freshman scored on a double by Ryan Lucero, an error, and a groundout in the first inning.

    Perry Pumas Freshman took an early lead in the first inning. Lucero doubled on a 0-1 count in the first inning, scoring one run.

    Perry Pumas Freshman scored six runs in the third inning. Perry Pumas Freshman scored on a error, a walk by Jordan Fickert, a walk by Hunter Flores, and a groundout.

    Perry Pumas Freshman had eight hits in the game. Zach DeHondol and Lucero each collected multiple hits for Perry Pumas Freshman. Lucero and DeHondol each collected two hits to lead Perry Pumas Freshman. Perry Pumas Freshman was sure-handed in the field and didn't commit a single error. Brycen Tambone had the most chances in the field with five.

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    Pumas finish second in prestigious Boras Classic2017 Boras Classic Runners Up
    March 11, 2017
    The varsity baseball team and Basic Academy (Henderson, NV) passed the lead back-and-forth in an early-season classic, but eventually Basic prevailed 6-5 in the first ever Boras Baseball Classic in Arizona.
    The game championship game, which was televised on ESPN, marked the first time any PHS sport has been televised by the World Wide Leader, and was the conclusion of a great week of elite baseball.
    During the tournament, the Pumas went 3-1. They opened the Classic by beating Prescott 11-3, where junior pitcher Colton Gates came in early relief to shut down the Badgers, who broke open a 3-0 first inning lead. Gates threw six innings of shut-out relief, allowed only three hits and struck out two. Junior Matty Brown lead the way for the Pumas with three RBI on two hits.
    On Thursday, the Pumas faced off against host Corona del Sol in a pitchers duel between sophomores Caden Christopherson and Corona sophomore Daniel Sotelo.
    The game was scoreless with both pitchers trading shut-out innings until senior outfielder Jacob Tanaka laced a two-out double down the left field line, driving in seniors Coleman Roberts and Trevor Hauver, giving PHS a 2-0 lead.
    Sophomore Adam Parra would close the door for his first career save, and the Pumas won 2-1, sending them to the tournament semifinals.
    Perry then faced a high-energy Coronado team. Junior pitcher Ty Pohlman kept Coronado hitters guessing, and the hitters did the rest, as they routed the Henderson, NV team, 13-3. Seniors Tommy Sacco and Cody Holtz lead the way with three RBI a piece. Pohlman went the distance, allowing only five hits in six innings and striking out six hitters.
    Senior Coleman Roberts receives the Boras Championship Defensive MVP award. PHS took the lead for good with seven runs in the fourth inning. In the fourth, Roberts singled, driving in one run, Hauver doubled, driving in one run, Tanaka singled, driving in one run, and Brown hit a sacrifice fly to drive in a run.
    The Pumas had ten hits in the game. Junior Wyatt Crenshaw, Tanaka and Roberts each collected multiple hits for Perry. The win meant that PHS would represent the state of Arizona in the championship against Basic from Nevada.
    Sophomore pitcher Ryan Blech took the ball and shut the Wolves down in order in the top of the first, and his offense gave him an early lead in the bottom half of the frame when Tanaka singled, scoring one run. Perry added three additional runs in the first.
    In the top of the fourth inning, Basic tied things up at five with some good situational hitting. Erik Cruz grounded out, scoring one run. Basic's big inning was driven by a single by John Howard, a error, a groundout by Jack Wold, and a groundout.
    The night offered another special moment when senior pitcher Buddy Brownlee took the ball in the top of the sixth inning for the first time in nearly 16 months. The Perry dugout and fans gave him an ovation; his first pitch was a strike and he quickly struck out the first two hitters he faced. The dugout and crowd went nuts.
    Unfortunately the Wolves were able to muster a pair of two-strike, two-out hits and they scratched across a run on a blooper to shallow center field, giving them the 6-5 lead.
    Senior pitcher Dusing Schorie threw a perfect 7th inning, and despite loading the bases in the bottom of the seventh with two outs, Basic was able to hold off the Puma hitters just enough and take the Boras Classic title.
    Roberts was named the game's defensive Most Valuable Player, and Tanaka lead all Puma hitters with nine hits and seven RBI throughout the tournament.
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