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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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2015 Major League Baseball draft showcases a pair of Pumas
2011 alumn David Walker is Perry's first ever draft pick, drafted by the Chicago White Sox.   Senior Tyler Watson is Perry's first ever athlete drafted out of high school Watson was drafted by the Washington Nationals.

Bull, Watson represent Pumas in all star gameAll Star, Austin Bull (photo by Sharon Cooper).
 
May 31, 2015
 
Austin Bull and Tyler Watson became Perry's ninth and tenth senior All Stars, respectively. The duo, who each played varsity as freshmen (Bull as an everyday starter and Watson as a reserve first baseman and pitcher), represented PHS well at the All Star game.
 
Bull, who set the PHS record for stolen bases, base on balls and hitting streak, went 3-3 with a pair of stolen bases. 

Watson, who set the school record for wins, strike outs, K/game, and opponent's batting average, pitched a scoreless inning, striking out two hitters. As a designated hitter, Watson was 0-2, with a pair of line drive outs.
 
Bull and Watson helped PHS build a respected legacy during their tenure. In 2015, they led the Pumas to their best season in school history: the first ever 20-win regular season, and both seniors will continue their baseball careers next fall at division-I universities (Bull at Grand Canyon; Watson at Loyola Marymount). 
 
In addition, seniors Jeremy McCuin (Ariz. State Univ.), Ryne Edmondson (Utah Valley Univ.), Garret Gahan (Mesa College), Marcus Ybarra (Gateway College), Brock Heffron (Wabash Univ.), and Jaxxon Fagg (Yavapai College) will all be continuing their baseball careers at the college level.

Pumas earn seven seed, first round bye
The No. 7 Pumas will host either No. 10 Centennial or No. 23 Mountain Pointe on Tuesday at 4 p.m. May 1, 2015
 
For the first time in Perry's seven years of varsity baseball, the Pumas are a top-10 seed entering the postseason and with that, have earned a first round bye in the division-I tournament (click here to view the brackets).
 
The 2015 campaign marks Perry's third appearance in the playoffs (2011 and 2014), and with the No. 7 seed it will also mark the first time PHS will host a playoff game.
 
In 2011 the Pumas earned a 12 seed in the 16-team 5A-II double elimination playoffs; that season they were the visiting team for all but the semi-final game. In 2014 they were the 19-seed in division-I's current 24-team format, and also had to play on the road. But this season the Pumas (20-8, 13-5) will host either No. 10 Centennial or No. 23 Mountain Pointe on Tuesday a 4 p.m.
 
Due to AIA postseason regulations, fans will pay a fee to attend the playoff game. The cost is $8 for adults and $6 for students with their school ID. Children five and under are free.

Watson, Pumas, shut out Bears in annual SRF game
Senir Tyler Watson struck out 12 BHS hitters en route to a 5-0 win.  
April 24, 2015

A great effort by senior southpaw Tyler Watson spurred No. 7 Perry to a 5-0 win in seven innings over No. 12 Basha on Thursday in the 4th annual Salt River Field Battle for Val Vista game.

Watson had a career day, throwing a complete game shutout, striking out 12 Bears and allowing only two singles. In fact, only two BHS hitters would reach second base - no Basha player ever touched third.

The outing marked Perry's 19th win of the year (19-7, 11-4), Watson's sixth win of the season (6-1), tying the single-season record for wins and breaking another great Puma lefty's - Jaren Drummond - four-year old strikeout record. Watson now has 56 punch-outs this season.

Senior Austin Bull - who is the only player in school history to play in four Salt River games - racked up two RBIs on two hits for Perry Pumas Varsity. He singled in the fifth inning and doubled in the sixth inning.

Perry Pumas Varsity didn't relinquish the lead after scoring two runs in the fifth inning when it scored on an RBI single by senior Jeremy McCuin.

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Freshmen honor students. Freshmen players earn their spot on honor roll

April 21, 2015

 

The freshmen baseball team has been an impressive group on the field in 2015 (14-3), but off the field, they have been even more impressive.
 
This week, twelve members of the baseball team earned honor roll at the school's Freshman Awards Night. Those who earned the academic accolades include Max Johansen, Cameron Leightner, Ryan Warren, Tim Mauk, Braden Ford, Tommy Howard, Colton Gates, Jakob Hinze, Matt Brown, Logan Schwenke, and Brock Purdy. Getting it done in the classroom first is the top priority for the PHS baseball program, and the entire coaching staff is very proud of the accomplishments of these young student athletes.

Bull sets record for stolen basesSenior Austin Bull (Photo by Ashlyn Davis)
 
April 10, 2015
 
This week senior infielder Austin Bull broke David Walker’s 2011 record for stolen bases when he swiped second base in the first inning against Mesquite. That marked Bull’s 21st of the season, propelling him into the record books as the single-season stolen base leader.
 
In the 2011 campaign, Walker was a pest on the bases, stealing and advancing at the first sign of a poor pitch all the way to the state championship game. He has continued that type of aggressive offense as an outfielder at Grand Canyon University. Coincidently, Bull will be a part of the Lopes’ lineup next year as he has committed to continue his career at GCU.
 
Bull and the Pumas (16-6, 9-3) are coming down the stretch of the regular season. Next week they will host Chandler (April 13) and travel to Mesa (April 16). Both games begin at 4 p.m.
 

Pumas wrap up Triple Play classic with win

March 12, 2015Senior Jaxxon Fagg (photo by Sharon Cooper)

The Pumas jumped out to an early lead on Seton Catholic and captured an 11-1 victory Thursday in the consolation game of the Highland Triple Play Classic. Five runs in the first three innings allowed Perry to put the game away early.  

An RBI single by senior shortstop Jeremy McCuin and a two-run single by senior catcher Marcus Ybarra during the first inning supplied the early offense for PHS. Senior outfielder Jaxxon Fagg racked up three RBIs on two hits, homering in the third inning and doubled in the fourth inning. 

Senior pitcher Zach Kindeski got it done on the hill on the way to a win. He tossed three innings of shutout ball. Kindeski struck out two, walked two and gave up two hits. 

After a quick strike from Seton, the Pumas responded with three runs in the fourth. PHS scored on a fielder's choice and a two-run double by Fagg. Perry added three more runs in the bottom of the fifth. Senior outfielder Ryne Edmondson kicked things off with a double, plating senior first baseman Tyler Watson and junior designated hitter Logan Demato

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A historic day: four baseball players sign national letters of intent
November 12, 2014
 
The baseball team made history on Wednesday as they were the first program on campus to ever have four NCAA division-I commits on one team, according to athletic director Jennifer Burks. 
 
Seniors Austin Bull, Ryne Edmondson, Jeremy McCuin and Tyler Watson each signed with their respective universities, making them the first baseball players to sign on National Signing Day since Connor Jones committed to Villanova in 2010.
 
Two of the seniors will study and play in the Valley: Bull will attend Grand Canyon and McCuin will attend Arizona State. Edmondson will head to the campus of Nevada-Las Vegas, and Watson will go west to Loyola Marymont University in Los Angeles. 
 
Each of the four players have been integral parts of the varsity team since their sophomore year, according to head coach Shane Hilstrom. Bull, however, is the only player in Puma history to be an everyday starter since his freshman year - a feat Hilstrom noted is extremely rare in baseball.
 
In all, this core group of Pumas has seen a lot of success since coming to Perry, winning 35 games in the last two years alone, and they all look to be legitimate contenders for a state title in 2015.
 

Toughest league in America? Perry makes MaxPreps top-10 list
 
Photo by Dawn Monte
July 28, 2015

In an article published in May, MaxPreps.com writer Kevin Askeland examined the best high school baseball programs in the nation and their leagues/sections.
 
Making an appearance on his list are the usual suspects from California, Texas and Florida, but the lone Arizona section to make the list is Division-I, Section-II: the league the Pumas play in. In all, Section-II finished sixth on the list and from the looks of things, the league is only going to be stronger in 2015.
 
For the entire article, click here.