Sun Valley closes season with convincing win

MOXEE - Sun Valley 16-18-year-old baseball coach Dave Martinez has always carried the simple philosophy if you have two of either hitting, pitching or defense working for a team in a game, then most likely victory is in store.

Sun Valley players delivered all three for their coach yesterday at East Valley in what was the summer season finale for the local diamond team.

The game was scheduled to go nine innings, but only went eight because of the 10-run rule. Sun Valley won the game 11-1.

Sun Valley picked up some outstanding pitching from the trio of Joel Zakahi, Cole Boboth and Gibby Briones. Zakahi put up some consistent numbers, allowing three hits and three walks while fanning three over four innings. Boboth picked up four strikeouts and allowed three hits in three innings of work. Boboth got himself into trouble a couple of times, but nothing perhaps more showed the future of this player than in the sixth inning.

With runners on second and third base and no outs, Boboth rose to the occasion, striking out the next three batters he faced to get out of the jam.

Pitching ended on a nice note for Sun Valley as Briones tossed one inning, facing just three batters to end the game.

"They all did a nice job of spotting their pitches," said Martinez of his pitching staff.

Sun Valley had 14 hits in yesterday's game, led by an incredible effort at the plate from Zach Marquez. Marquez was 4-for-5 at the plate with an RBI double in the seventh inning.

"He got himself into some good counts," said Martinez of Marquez. "He put the bat on the ball."

Marquez has had some good luck against East Valley pitching. At a tournament earlier in the week, Marquez went 2-for-3 against East Valley.

East Valley's only run came in the bottom of the fourth.

After a two-run first, Sun Valley was held quiet until the top of the fourth. Sun Valley exploded for four runs in the frame. Sun Valley added two more runs before ending the game with a three-run eighth inning. With Boboth and Zakahi already aboard, Lucas Ramos singled to load the bases for Sun Valley in the eighth. Teammate B.J. Miller then drew a walk to bring across Boboth. Then with two outs, Marquez brought in the last two runs of the season for Sun Valley with his base hit.

Martinez said he has been more than pleased with the efforts of his players over the summer. He said the Sun Valley players learned a lot of new parts of the game over the summer season that will help them be ready for school ball next spring.

"That is what we want the summer to be about," said Martinez.

Sun Valley finished its 2005 summer campaign with a 12-13-1 mark.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 T H E

SV 2 0 0 0 4 1 1 3 11 14 1

EV 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 6 2

Pitching: Joel Zakahi three strikeouts, three hits, three walks in four innings. Cole Boboth four strikeouts, three hits, one walk in three innings. Gibby Briones saw three batters in one inning.

Hitting: B.J. Miller 2-for-4. Nathan Cornelius 2-for-4. Lucas Ramos 2-for-4. Gibby Briones 1-for-4. Cole Boboth 1-for-4. Zach Marquez 4-for-5 with an RBI double in the seventh inning. Joel Zakahi 2-for-5 with an RBI double in the fifth inning.


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