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Posted On: 2017-05-08 08:45 AM
Maricopa Sequoia Pathway Academy, which was shut out the first time the teams met, was blanked in only two innings Saturday as it defeated Phoenix South Pointe 11-9 in the Canyon Athletic Association Division II final at windswept Maryvale Baseball Park.
The first meeting was a pitcher's duel in which South Pointe and Jose Castro edged Sequoia Pathway Academy 1-0. Castro didn't start Saturday, but he was summoned early in a game in which neither pitcher made it through the second inning.
"He beat us with his curve (the first time)," Pathway coach Joe Klepfer said. "We worked on hitting the curve in practice. We were ready and played small ball and were able to be successful."
In a wild game that featured 21 hits and eight errors, it ended on the only double play of the night when center fielder Charlie Cancelleri made a catch and threw to first base.
"Too many errors," South Pointe coach Mike Acquisto said. "We make one less (the team had five) and we have a chance to win."
The biggest heroes were Pathway's biggest players – 6-foot-4, 240-pound Ryan Jackovich, who had two triples, a double and three RBIs to capture Most Valuable Player honors, and 6-3, 290-pound Trevor Nevius, who took over in relief to gain the win.
Pathway scored in each of the four innings as it forged a 9-4 lead. After South Pointe put up four in the fifth to close within 9-8, Jackovich's second triple and Rileigh Simon's sacrifice fly provided Pathway with its final two runs in the sixth.