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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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First ever alumni game a fun reunion for players, coaches and families

January 14, 2017

The baseball program welcomed back 18 alumni on Saturday to the first ever alumni game. While the game was shortened due to rain in the second inning, it was a great day of getting re-acquainted with some of Perry’s greatest players and coaches.

The game, which Team Kerpan won 1-0, was highlighted by Austin Bull’s (2015) leadoff home run in the top of the first inning. Tylor Kerpan (2014) got the win on the mound.

In addition to Bull’s long-ball, Tyler Watson (2015) also added a double to dead centerfield. Team Kraust had its chances, leaving runners like Max Arredondo (2012) and David Walker (2011) on base, but they were not able to get a run across.

The day was more about reliving memories with former teammates than quality at-bats on a rainy afternoon.

Alumni began arriving at 1 p.m. for a throwback batting practice. Players like Connor Jones (2010), Garrett Gahan (2015) and Brock Heffron (2015) looked right at home, smoking line drives all over the yard and out of the ballpark.


The baseball program would like to thank all of the alumni (listed below) who participated, as well as a very special thank you to the booster club and current Perry players who volunteered their time to make the day a success. We are already looking forward to next year’s event.

Player

Position

Grad. Year

6    AJ Amaro

3B / P

2011

12 Max Arredondo

2B

2012

5    Kade Bishop

3B / P

2013

12 Austin Bull

SS

2015

20 Garrett Gahan

OF / P

2015

10 Brock Heffron

OF / C

2015

7   Blaine Hettinger

OF

2013

7   Jon Holler

RHP

2015

19 Connor Jones

OF

2010

6   Tylor Kerpan

3B / P

2014

20 Max Kraust

RHP

2011

4   Jeremy McCuin

SS

2015

25 Tyler Pitts

OF / P

2011

17 Chris Spelts

1B

2011

5   Logan Watts

OF

2012

22 Tyler Watson

1B/ P/OF

2015

10 Bryson Wheatley

RHP

2016

14 Marcus Ybarra

C

2015

 

Seniors Trevor Hauver, left, and Cody Holtz represented PHS and Arizona at the Sunbelt Classic in June. Pair of Pumas represent PHS, Arizona, in Sunbelt Classic
 
June 20, 2016
 
Seniors Trevor Hauver and Cody Holtz represented the state of Arizona in the annual Sunbelt Classic in Oklahoma. Team Arizona was the talk of much of the tournament, and ended the tournament with a third place finish.
 
This year marked the first time two PHS baseball players were on the team Arizona squad at the same time. In 2011, pitcher Jaren Drummond was Perry's first representative, and in 2014 shortstop Austin Bull helped team Arizona again take home a third place finish; both Drummond and Bull now play for Grand Canyon University.


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