James Farris struck out 13 batters and gave up just one single. But it wasn’t quite enough to get Highland High School to the championship game of its own baseball Invitational.
Desert Ridge HS rallied for seven runs in the bottom of the sixth to pull out the 7-2 win over the Hawks and advance to the championship game of the annual Highland Invitational to meet John Paul II HS from Texas.
Kyle Raidy picked up two RBIs on his single in the sixth to give Highland the lead after it was tied at 2-2 and teammate Travis Flores did the same, and then came home on a wild pitch to wrap up the scoring and the game.
John Paul II beat Perry HS, 10-3, to earn the right to meet Desert Ridge in the championship game. Perry started out in a 3-0 hole, but was able to tie it up at 3-3 by the third inning. But Joey Perez hit a three-run homer for John Paul II in the fourth inning and the Centurions went on from there for the win.
In the championship game, Desert Ridge found itself playing catch-up as John Paul II scored five quick runs in the first inning. But the Jaguars caught up in the third with five runs of their own, powered by a two-run homer by Travis Flores, and soon it was an 8-8 contest.
But the Jaguars had four home runs over the course of the game, including a two-run blast by Perez in the sixth that put the Texas team on top to stay, finishing with a 13-8 victory and the title for this year’s Highland Invitational.