4/10/2013 8:26:00 AM Tough weekend for Chino baseball
Cougars dedicate game to Pratt on Thursday
File Photo/Tom Hood
Coach Tom Pratt
Special to the Review
It was a tough weekend for Chino Valley baseball, as the Cougars traveled to Goodyear for the Wolves Classic, ending the weekend 1-3 in the tournament.
Opening the weekend down 0-4 in the second against Wickenburg, the Cougars fought back in the sixth with a Grady Clements single and stolen base. Colby Douglas singled, allowing Clements to cross the plate and tie it up 5-5.
Wickenburg scored to start the eighth, but CVHS answered back when Ben Potts singled then scored on an RJ Bell single.
After the Wranglers scored two in the top of the tenth, Chino answered back with one run, but ended the inning to record the loss, ending the game with bases loaded.
The Cougars recorded a 'W' by besting Blue Ridge 6-3 in game two behind the arm of Branden Redfern.
Redfern threw a complete game, striking out 10. Offensively, Redfern helped his own cause with two hits and two RBIs. Josh Redfern helped out big brother by recording two RBIs off of three hits.
DJ Parker reached base three times, Tyler Cutlip ended the day reaching twice, with the Cougars belting 14 hits as a team.
Chino gave up five unearned runs in the bottom of the first inning of game three against Payson, ending the game with an 8-1 loss.
The Cougars ended the weekend by dropping game four against Snowflake 6-3, sending four separate arms to the mound.
Bright spots on game four included Parker's two hits, one RBI, and one run scored. Cultip was 1-for-3 and stole home.
Next up for CVHS was Monday's road trip to Sedona on April 8. Results were not available by Review deadline.
The Cougars will be at home Thursday, April 11, for a doubleheader against Williams where they will dedicate the second game to former Cougar coach and local baseball legacy Tom Pratt, who died in December, 2012.
Game one is scheduled for a 12:30 p.m. first pitch.
The dedication ceremony will begin at 3:30 p.m. at the Pratt-Nesbitt Field on the CVHS campus.