Bearcats dominating in all facets

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The Ray baseball team entered the 2014 season unhappy with the way the 2013 season ended. They vowed to make amends in what they plan to be a championship season in 2014. They certainly are playing like champions, especially during their current four-game winning streak.

Over their last five games, the ‘Cats are scoring 15 runs per game while allowing just over 4 runs per game to their opponents. Their average runs against includes the 16 runs allowed versus Show Low, the only loss in their last nine games.

Last week they defeated Hayden (14 – 1) and Gilbert Classical Academy (18 – 3).

The ‘Cats pounded out 17 hits, including 8 extra-base hits versus the Lobos. Junior Destry Yocum was the winning pitcher. He also helped himself at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a homerun and a double. Junior Kolton Bray was 2-for-2 with 2 doubles and sophomore Johnny Wernett was 1-for-3 with a homerun and 2 RBI. Jacob Pace, Dominic Bravo, and Douglas McPeak each recorded a multi-hit game.

Upcoming schedule: Mar. 27 vs. St. John’s (4:00 p.m.), Mar. 28 vs. Northland Prep Academy (2:00 p.m.) and Mar. 28 vs. Scottsdale Preparatory Academy (4:00 p.m.). Please check with the school or the team to confirm locations of the games. Some games may be part of a tournament and played at a neutral site.

Andy Luberda (745 Posts)

Andy Luberda began writing for Copper Area News Publishers (CANP) in February 2013 after working15 years in Healthcare Financial Management. Andy covers sports for eight high schools. His stories are published in the Southeast Valley Ledger, Copper Basin News, San Manuel Miner and Superior Sun. Additionally, he has written human interest stories and business profiles. In May 2012, he earned an AAS in Sports Management at Central Arizona College. Andy is currently earning a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from ASU’s Hugh Downs School of Communication. Andy is scheduled to complete his degree December 2014. He was born and raised in Des Plaines, Ill. In 1992, he relocated to Arizona. After a short return to Des Plaines in 1997, he returned to the Phoenix area two years later. He and his wife, Kelli, have three sons – AJ, Kyle, and Kade.


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