The score in this tournament championship game looked more like one you’d see on a basketball scoreboard, not at a baseball game.
Thirty-nine high school baseball teams from nine states showed up for the Coach Bob National Invitational. And when the dust cleared, two local teams were left standing to play for the championship.
And, boy, did they play. Until 48 runs were on the board!
Boulder Creek HS in Anthem, a host site for the 2010 Coach Bob, played its way into the finals by beating Sahuaro HS from Tucson, 5-1, behind solid pitching by Bryce Eisenbart and a pair of hits each from Benji Rutan and Cody Jones.
On the other side, Chandler HS was soundly defeating Fairview High School from Colorado, 11-4, to set up Monday’s championship game with Boulder Creek.
Chandler HS had won just two games coming into the tournament, but rolled through six straight wins to earn the right to meet Boulder Creek. And then had to dig itself out of a six-run hole going into the sixth inning.
And then the downpour started. It was pouring runs, not water.
Chandler ran up 13 runs in the next two innings, and Boulder Creek added five more of their own in the seventh. But when they were all tallied, it was Chandler on top of a 25-23 score to claim the title, as Malcolm Holland turned in a 5-for-6 performance at the plate, scoring six runs and driving in two more. MacKenzie Handle (4-for-6) accounted for three more runs and added three RBIs.
The Invitational, sponsored by MaxPreps, is named for Bob Weinheimer, who has coached the game for 43 years, most recently at Boulder Creek as an assistant from 2004 to 2007, and again last year. He was inducted into the Arizona High School Baseball Hall of Fame in June of 2009.