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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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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.

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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: