Five-run eighth inning lifts Mesa baseball team past Regis
Garrett Ball’s leadoff home run in the eighth inning triggered a five-run outburst Thursday as Colorado Mesa’s 11th-ranked baseball team won the opening game of a key RMAC series at Regis, 10-3.
Tanner Nieslanik doubled with one out to score Will Dixon, who singled and advanced on an error, and after a pitching change, PJ Gonzalez reached on an error. With runners at first and third, JJ Carr hit a three-run home run for an 8-2 lead.
Dixon added a two-run home run in the ninth as Colorado Mesa (27-8, 19-2 RMAC) won its 14th straight game. Regis (24-12, 17-8) is second in the RMAC standings behind the Mavericks, but couldn’t generate much offense against Kyle Leahy (8-0).
The sophomore allowed two runs on four hits through the first seven innings, struck out four and walked two. The two runs against him were unearned, as the Mavericks made an uncharacteristic five errors.
The Rangers, too, made five errors, and Mesa’s offense pounded out 13 hits, with four doubles and the three home runs.
Gonzalez got Mesa going early, leading off the game with a double. Carr bunted him over, and a throwing error allowed him to move up and Gonzalez to score. With one out, Bligh Madris doubled for a 2-0 lead.
Mesa added another run in the third on a base hit by Andrew Contreras to score Kyle Serrano, who reached on an error.
Madris went 3 for 5, Carr 2 for 5 with four RBI, Contreras 2 for 4 and Dixon 2 for 3 with two RBI.
Tyler Day threw yet another perfect inning of relief in the eighth, striking out two of the three batters he faced. Eli Thornquist allowed one run on four hits in the ninth.
Brevin Brimble, a 5-foot-11 guard from Doherty High School, signed a letter of intent to play for CMU starting next season.
Brimble was a second-team all-state player who averaged 21 points, three assists and made 77 3-pointers as a senior.
A four-year starter on varsity, he scored more than 1,300 points in his career and is 12th all-time in Colorado with 243 career 3-pointers.
“We are really excited to have Brevin sign with us,” CMU coach Andy Shantz said in a release. “He’s a great student in the classroom. He’s a skilled point guard with a high basketball IQ and is a kid who won’t back down and will compete night in and night out for us. He’s a gym rat and it shows when he plays.
“He can really shoot the ball and is considered one of the best high school shooters in Colorado. He will be a nice addition with Kolton Peterson, who signed with us in the fall.”