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3 pitchers combine for first ever JV no-hitter

March 25, 2016

Three pitchers joined forces to throw a no-hitter for Perry Pumas JV in a 14-2 victory in four innings over Willow Canyon on Thursday at Perry High School. Sophomores Brock Purdy, Colton Gates and Cole Smiriglio tallied four strikeouts and walked four in completing the no-no.

Willow Canyon 's lineup had no answer for Purdy. Purdy held Willow Canyon hitless over two innings, allowed no earned runs, walked none and struck out two.

The offense exploded for the Pumas in the first when they scored 10 runs. Perry scored in the first on a passed ball, an RBI double by  Anthony DeAndrea, a passed ball, a passed ball, a passed ball, a two-run error, an RBI single by Max Johansen, an RBI single by Purdy, and an RBI double by Emery Miller.

Logan Schwenke, Justin Urbanek, Purdy and Tim Mauk combined for six hits and two RBIs.

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Pumas top Red Mountain for Bob Everett Classic title
Perry poses for a team photo after its 16-8 win over Red Mountain in the Bob Everett (far left) Classic.  
 
March 17, 2016

Thursday was a great day for junior shortstop Trevor Hauver, as he hit two home runs to carry Perry to a 16-8 victory over Red Mountain High School in the championship game of the Bob Everett Classic. Hauver racked up seven RBIs on three hits for the Pumas, including a pair of moon-shot home runs - one in the first inning and one in the sixth.

The Pumas started fast, with senior outfielder Wacy Crenshaw and Havuer hitting solo shots in the first inning. Junior designated hitter Cody Holtz nearly missed his third home run of the year, as he lined a screaming double off of the top of the left field wall. By the game's end, Holtz would tally four hits: a pair of singles, a double and a triple.

Perry's early lead was short-lived, however. In the bottom of the first, PHS pitching allowed three runs on one hit - a combination of walks and hit batters put the Pumas in a hole early. After two innings, RMHS lead the game 6-2. In a game where 24 total runs and 24 hits during the game. Managers of the two teams seemingly emptied their bullpens in search of the win, as there were 10 pitchers used in the game.

Perry's bats would wake up in the fourth inning, as the Pumas tallied four runs on three hits; they would score in each of the next three innings. In all, PHS scored 16 runs on 19 hits.

But what stabilized the game for Perry was its bullpen. Seniors Logan DeMato, Beau Brieske and Brett Matthews finished off the game for the Pumas, and RMHS had no answer for any of the veterans. Brieske threw three innings of relief, striking out the side in order in the fourth inning, and collecting eight total punch-outs on the day. Matthews had his best inning of work so far this season in a 1-2-3 seventh inning. He struck out a pair of RMHS hitters to seal the win.

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Tayt Smith throws no-hitter as Perry tops Dobson, 9-0

Senior pitcher Tayt Smith and freshman pitching coach Max Kraust are the only two pitchers to throw no-hitters for PHS. March 15, 2016

Tuesday was a day senior pitcher Tayt Smith will remember forever as Smith threw a no-hitter in Perry's 9-0 victory over Dobson in the second day of the Bob Everett Classic at Mesquite.

No Dobson batter was able to locate Smith's pitches during the game. Smith threw Perry's second ever no-hitter, striking out 10 batters and walking one while recording his momentous feat. The only Mustang to reach base was thrown out attempting to steal by senior catcher Daniel Abiles - Smith faced the minimum 21 hitters in the feat.

Smith is now 3-1 on the year, with a 0.51 ERA, and is leading all Pumas with 20 strike outs. 

The offense exploded for the Perry Pumas Varsity in the second. In the inning Perry scored five runs. Perry scored in the second on a two-run single by junior Trevor Hauver, a two-run single by senior Brett Matthews, and an RBI single by Abiles.

Junior Tommy Sacco got a hit in each of his three at bats. He singled in the first, third, and fifth innings.

The only other no-hitter came in 2011 when current coach Max Kraust shut Marcos de Niza down in a 12-0 performance. Smith will look to continue his dominance next week when he toes the rubber in a power point game.

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Pumas win SWWBC Fall Classic
The Pumas (Chandler Cougars) pose after winning the 2015 Southwest Wood Bat Fall Classic championship on Sunday.

October 4, 2015

Behind both the bat and the arm of senior Brett Matthews, the Chandler Cougars (Perry High School) beat the Howlers (Campo Verde High School) 6-4 in Sunday’s Southwest Wood Bat Fall Classic championship.

Matthews had a hot bat for Cougars, going 2-3 at the plate and driving in a pivotal run in the fourth inning to begin a six-run rally.

Junior catcher Cody Holtz put an exclamation mark on the game with a bases-loaded double to left to bring in three Cougars.

Matthews was in control on the mound as well. Relieving starter Buddy Brownlee, Matthews threw 3 2/3 of scoreless baseball and held the Howlers to just three hits while striking out two.

Junior Dustin Schorie put away the final six outs to record the save. He punched out a pair of Howler hitters en route to his second save of the tournament.

The Howlers jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first, and had a 4-0 lead midway through the second inning.

Junior third baseman Tyler Gulley was the player of the tournament for the Cougars. Gulley’s defense saved several runs for Cougar pitchers, as he finished the tournament with a perfect 1.000 FP, including 11 assists and a pair of double plays started. At the plate, he led the team in extra base hits and runs scored.

Click here to see the All Tournament Team.
 
Click here to view the game on YouTube.

Catchers' camp for a better cause: Puma players and coaches team up to support CUSD student fighting cancer
By Ernesto Chacon
the Precedent
Sept. 22, 2015
 
Training camps for sports can be a very profitable business that often treads a fine line between taking advantage of young athletes, and guiding them in the right direction.
 
The baseball program, who wanted to host a camp for catchers, decided to take the money from the camp and put it back in the CUSD community. Assistant coaches Damien Tippett and Ray Mota joined forces to start the first annual Catchers Crushing Cancer Clinic.
 
This clinic not only helps athletes from 12-18 years-old improve their catching skills, but all proceeds will be going to an Anderson Elementary second grader Isabelle Hartung, who has been fighting cancer and is scheduled for her final round of chemotherapy this month. - See more at: phsprecedent.com
 
Perry celebrates its Peaks Summer Classic title in the rain and hail in Flagstaff on Sunday. PHS topped Mesquite 5-0. Pumas end summer by winning Peaks Summer Classic title
 
June 28, 2015
 
The PHS baseball team wrapped up their tournament season on a high note by posting a perfect 6-0 record in the Peaks Summer Classic over the weekend.
 
Senior Beau Brieske poses with his Home Run Derby trophy at the Peaks Summer Classic Friday night. This summer saw only one 2015 varsity regular in the lineup (junior shortstop Trevor Hauver) as PHS graduated 12 seniors in May. But that did not slow the new-look Pumas down. Perry hit its stride in Arizona's high country, scoring ten-or-more runs in four of the six games.
 
While PHS won the tournament, the most exciting moment of the weekend had to be the second-round elimination game against Tollison, when in the bottom of the ninth inning and senior Wacy Crenshaw on second base, Hauver launched his only home run of the summer, propelling the Pumas to a 10-8 walk-off win.
 
In the championship game against East Valley rival Mesquite, junior outfielder Vinnie Peralta went 2-2, sparking Pumas to a 5-0 victory in a three inning rain-shortened championship. He tripled in the first inning and singled in the second inning.
 
Junior pitcher Buddy Brownlee got it done on the hill on the way to a win. He pitched two shutout innings. He struck out one, walked none and surrendered one hit. Brownlee also earned the save in the semifinal game against a tough Peaks (Coconino HS) team.
 
The Pumas never trailed after scoring one run in the first on a Hauver RBI single. Perry tacked on another four runs in the second. A single by senior designated hitter Aaron Reyes ignited the offense, bringing home junior right fielder Jacob Tanaka. That was followed up by Peralta's single, plating junior third baseman Tyler Gulley.
 
The tournament title was Perry's first in the Peaks Summer Classic. In addition, senior Beau Brieske became PHS' first Home Run Derby champion, when he outlasted hitters from Horizon and Tollison in Friday night's Derby. 
 
As a team, PHS showed it will be a tough out at the plate. Perry's team batting average for the two summer tournaments was a combined .374, and the pitching was also impressive as Puma hurlers posted a 3.12 earned run average. The Pumas will now take a break until the fall tournament season begins in September.
 
Thank you to all of the student athletes and their families who helped make the 2015 summer a success.
 
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