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With a good crowd on hand the No. 3 Mingus Union High School baseball team was able to escape an upset bid by the visiting No. 14 Seton Catholic Preparatory Sentinels in eight innings, 3-2.

When asked if he expected this kind of effort out of Seton Catholic on Saturday, May 8, in first-round action of the 4A-II conference state playoffs, second-year Mingus Head Coach Bob Young responded with certainty.

“I really was; Seton is a good team. Generally, with power points, the lower seeds are still tough, they played a good schedule and lost some close games. The last three years we’ve had tough first-round games.”

Saturday’s contest made it three years in a row now in which Mingus’ opponent took them to extra innings in a first-round state playoff game.

So far, Mingus is 3-0 in those games and the Marauders are, of course, the two-time defending state champions, leading to the question, is this Mingus team capable of winning an unprecedented third straight title?

After watching senior hurler Shaun McCarty pour his guts out Saturday, that answer would be “yes.”

“Shaun [McCarty] was gutsy. We expected that from him. We knew if we were going to do something this year he had to come up big for us, and he did,” Young said.

Young said he and the coaching staff kept asking McCarty, “Are you OK?” and he always responded with, “I’m fine.”

“If we went to the ninth inning, he would have gone out there for us,” Young said.

McCarty went all eight innings for the Marauders, throwing nearly 120 pitches while keeping the Sentinel bats at bay to give his Mingus offense a chance to win it in the end.

In eight innings, McCarty faced 31 batters and allowed only two earned runs on six hits while walking two and striking out seven.

This is the first game this season McCarty was able to pitch longer than five innings, but don’t read into it too much, as most of those games Mingus 10-run ruled their opponent.

In the bottom of the seventh inning on Saturday, Mingus trailed 2-1 to a Seton Catholic team drooling over the possibility of a first-round upset.

Senior catcher Logan Stewart had other ideas however, leading off the inning with a triple to put the tieing run on third with no outs.

After senior Shawn Rojas struck out, junior middle infielder Cruz Chavez came up big with a double to left center field, scoring Stewart to tie it, 2-2.

McCarty went out in the eighth inning and with his defense behind him, retired the side to give the Mingus bats another chance at winning it.

To start the bottom of the eighth, senior Hunter Zwart doubled down the left field line to put the go-ahead run in scoring position with no outs.

Junior Ronald Morones stepped to the plate next, knowing full well what he had to do.

“Everyone in the world knew he was bunting right there. With their bunt defense they put on with the first baseman charging, we teach to push the bunt past the pitcher and he did exactly that,” Young said.

MUHS_baseballMorones squared to bunt early, and while the Seton Catholic first baseman charged, their second baseman covered first.

Morones couldn’t have rolled it out there any better, pushing it past the pitcher and as the first baseman slipped, the ball skipped right past them both, allowing Zwart to scamper home to win it, 3-2.

The RBI bunt single sent Mingus fans into a frenzy and the Marauders players charged the field with excitement.

Second Round

The 23-6 Marauders will now look forward to playing Liberty High School in the second round of the 4A-II state playoffs Wednesday, May 12.

Mingus will send Zwart to the mound against the No. 6 Lions with a first pitch scheduled for 4 p.m. at Phoenix Municipal Stadium.

Liberty defeated No. 11 Cactus High School in its first-round game, 5-2, and is 22-6 overall this season.

The boys tennis team at Mingus Union High School defeated visiting Sinagua High School 9-0 on Friday, April 9, setting up a big match today for the 4A-II Grand Canyon region championship.

“All the matches were great. We’ve had quite a season and I think they are all excited for what is to come,” Mingus Head Coach Jeff Knight said.

On Wednesday, April 14, the Marauders will attempt to win their first outright region title when rival Flagstaff High School comes to town.

In 2009, the Marauders shared the title with Bradshaw Mountain High School, but in 2010, Mingus is hoping for their first outright title in school history.

The Marauders defeated Bradshaw Mountain in the first match of the season

Feb. 26, but the rivals are no longer region members since Bradshaw Mountain moved to the 4A-I conference at the

beginning of the school year.

Mingus is currently 5-0 in region play, having beaten Page High School twice, Sinagua twice and Flagstaff on April 1.

As of Tuesday, April 13, the Marauders are ranked No. 1 in the state at the 4A-II level.

Today’s match against the rival Eagles is set to begin at 3 p.m. with singles getting action first, then doubles afterwards.

“Come show your support and help us win the title,” Knight said to any fans interested in coming out to cheer on the Marauders.

The Marauders are scheduled to play Shadow Mountain High School on Thursday, April 15, in their last regular season match of the season.

The Grand Canyon regional tournament is scheduled to begin Thursday, April 22, and the 4A-II state tournament is scheduled to begin Tuesday, April 27.

 

Brian Bergner Jr. can be reached at 282-7795, ext. 131, or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Mingus Union High School track and field team traveled east April 6, competing in the Payson Relays which took place at Payson High School.

“I thought this meet went well. We continue to work hard and improve,” Mingus Head Coach Jared Stone said.

Top performances for the girls included Annie Ngon who took first in the 200-meter dash with a 29.17 time.

Ngon also took fifth in the long jump with a 14-foot,

11-inch leap.

Stephanie Gilboy finished first in the triple jump, bounding 36 feet, 5.75 inches, while teammate Jill Peterson was second in the long jump with a 16-foot, 0.25-inch leap.

Peterson also took third in the triple jump with a 31-foot, 6.25-inch try and was fifth in the discus with a 77-foot,

6-inch throw.

In the 400-meter dash, Taylor Jochim was fourth overall with a 1:11.75 time and Staci Hewitson was fourth overall with a 2:52.09 time in the 800-meter run.

Molly Wescott tied for fourth in the high jump with a 4-foot, 6-inch leap while Courtney Hageman tied for first in the pole vault with a 9-foot try.

Hageman was also fourth in the long jump with a 14-foot, 11.25-inch try.

Of course, we wouldn’t want to forget to mention the 4x100-meter relay team who took first overall with a 55.95 time.

They weren’t alone as the 4x400-meter relay team took second with a 4:51.97 time.

For the boys, Colin Gartmeier won the 1,600-meter run with a 4:57.78 time, defeating the next closest person by more than 12 seconds.

In the long jump, a pair of Mingus leapers took the top two spots as Kevin Dennis-Webb took first overall with a 19-foot leap while do-it-all Juan Gonzalez was second with a 18-foot, 11-inch try.

Gonzalez also took fifth in the triple jump with a 38-foot, 1-inch leap.

Dennis-Webb also took second in the triple jump with a 38-foot, 7.5-inch try.

Chris Ortiz in the 400-meter dash was fifth overall with a 1:00.06 time while teammate C.J. Banks was right behind him in sixth with a 1:00.39 time.

In the 800-meter run, Hunter Rauch took second overall with a 2:21.57 time while Logan Couch tied for second overall in the high jump with a 5-foot, 10-inch try.

In the relay events, Mingus took first overall in the 4x100-meter relay with a 47.82 time while taking fourth in the 4x200-meter relay with a 1:46.70 time.

With Payson out of the way, Mingus will travel south to Phoenix on Wednesday, April 14, to participate in the Greenway Multiple meet.

After the trip, the Marauders will have 10 days to prepare for the Yavapai County Championships which will take place Saturday, April 24, at Bradshaw Mountain High School.

Brian Bergner Jr. can be reached at 282-7795, ext. 131, or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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