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First ever alumni game a fun reunion for players, coaches and families

January 14, 2017

The baseball program welcomed back 18 alumni on Saturday to the first ever alumni game. While the game was shortened due to rain in the second inning, it was a great day of getting re-acquainted with some of Perry’s greatest players and coaches.

The game, which Team Kerpan won 1-0, was highlighted by Austin Bull’s (2015) leadoff home run in the top of the first inning. Tylor Kerpan (2014) got the win on the mound.

In addition to Bull’s long-ball, Tyler Watson (2015) also added a double to dead centerfield. Team Kraust had its chances, leaving runners like Max Arredondo (2012) and David Walker (2011) on base, but they were not able to get a run across.

The day was more about reliving memories with former teammates than quality at-bats on a rainy afternoon.

Alumni began arriving at 1 p.m. for a throwback batting practice. Players like Connor Jones (2010), Garrett Gahan (2015) and Brock Heffron (2015) looked right at home, smoking line drives all over the yard and out of the ballpark.


The baseball program would like to thank all of the alumni (listed below) who participated, as well as a very special thank you to the booster club and current Perry players who volunteered their time to make the day a success. We are already looking forward to next year’s event.

Player

Position

Grad. Year

6    AJ Amaro

3B / P

2011

12 Max Arredondo

2B

2012

5    Kade Bishop

3B / P

2013

12 Austin Bull

SS

2015

20 Garrett Gahan

OF / P

2015

10 Brock Heffron

OF / C

2015

7   Blaine Hettinger

OF

2013

7   Jon Holler

RHP

2015

19 Connor Jones

OF

2010

6   Tylor Kerpan

3B / P

2014

20 Max Kraust

RHP

2011

4   Jeremy McCuin

SS

2015

25 Tyler Pitts

OF / P

2011

17 Chris Spelts

1B

2011

5   Logan Watts

OF

2012

22 Tyler Watson

1B/ P/OF

2015

10 Bryson Wheatley

RHP

2016

14 Marcus Ybarra

C

2015

 

Seniors Trevor Hauver, left, and Cody Holtz represented PHS and Arizona at the Sunbelt Classic in June. Pair of Pumas represent PHS, Arizona, in Sunbelt Classic
 
June 20, 2016
 
Seniors Trevor Hauver and Cody Holtz represented the state of Arizona in the annual Sunbelt Classic in Oklahoma. Team Arizona was the talk of much of the tournament, and ended the tournament with a third place finish.
 
This year marked the first time two PHS baseball players were on the team Arizona squad at the same time. In 2011, pitcher Jaren Drummond was Perry's first representative, and in 2014 shortstop Austin Bull helped team Arizona again take home a third place finish; both Drummond and Bull now play for Grand Canyon University.

From left: Wacy Crenshaw, head coach Damien Tippett, Tayt Smith, coach Ray Mota, and bullpen catcher Logan Schwenke. Seniors Crenshaw and Smith represent PHS at AzBCA All Star Game
 
May 30, 2016
 
Senior outfielders Wacy Crenshaw and Tayt Smith represented PHS last night at the Arizona Baseball Coaches Association's division-I All Star Game at Goodyear Ballpark.
 
The two paired up with coaches Damien Tippett and Ray Mota one last time as members of the division-I North All Stars. In a game that featured 20 runs scored, it was an entertaining way to send out the class of 2016. 
 
The North got on the board first early, when Crenshaw knocked in a run in the top of the first inning. From there the runs continued, as the game would end in a 10-10 tie.
 
Crenshaw and Smith each played four innings, with Smith also pitching a scoreless fourth inning.
 
The game capped off a remarkable year for the duo - a year in which the Pumas set an all-time record 24 wins. Individually, the two were also named to the All-CUSD first team, All-Section II second team, and Smith was earned honorable mention All East Valley by the East Valley Tribune.
 
Now that their high school days are over, both Crenshaw and Smith will continue their baseball careers in college - Crenshaw at Glendale Community College and Smith at Azusa Pacific University. In addition, five other Puma graduates will also continue their careers at the college level.

Junior short stop Trevor Hauver fields a ground ball in a playoff game. Photo by Allison Moyers. Baseball exceeds playoff expectations
By Zach Klein
the Precedent
 
May 18, 2016
 
It was a season of high expectations being exceeded in new head coach Damien Tippett’s first year at the helm for the varsity baseball team. Finishing with a record of 24-10, the team advanced all the way to the fifth round of the postseason tournament, eventually losing in an elimination game at Tempe Diablo stadium against Sandra Day O’Connor High by a score of 4-0. 
 
Tippett seemed to have a plethora of positives that this season’s team gave him, stating the junior Coleman Roberts has “just been legit all year long in right field,” bringing up his amazing defense where he “came up with a big play in right field with a runner on base,” a kind of play that has become routine for Roberts this season. 
 
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Baseball's success attributed to 'playing consistent'
By Zach Klein
the Precedent
 
April 20, 2016

As cliché as it may seem, the old adage of “team work makes the dream work” holds true with any championship-caliber team. The varsity baseball squad is no exception. “We wouldn’t be where we are without [the coaching staff of] Harder, Mota, and Hauver. Those guys are amazing,” states Head Coach Damien Tippett.

The recipe for this team’s success also stems from superior work ethics. “I really appreciate is the hard work our kids put in,” Tippett says.

A fast start to the season has the entire team optimistic. “We’ve played consistent,” stated senior Wacy Crenshaw, “been hitting the ball pretty well, playing good defense.”
 
 

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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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

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