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- 1998 3A State Champions -

How The Reds Won It

Regional Semifinals:

Eaton 10, Machebeuf 0

1st Inning: Ochoa strikes out the side in the top of the first, Carrasco walks but is left stranded at first base, Reds tied 0-0

2nd Inning: Ochoa retires the side in order again, Loftis, Hagen, and Stanclift lead off with singles, Wiederspan walks, and Thompson grounds into a fielder's choice to score the 2nd run of the inning, Reds lead 2-0

3rd Inning: Ochoa stays perfect through 3 innings by striking out the side again, Carrasco singles, Hughes reaches on an error, and Loftis, Hagen, and Stanclift single again to score 3 runs for the Reds, Reds lead 5-0

4th Inning: With two outs, the perfect game is broken up by a 2-strike single, but then Ochoa induces a flyout after a walk to end the top of the inning, Thompson draws a full-count leadoff walk, Smith triples, Meyers singles, and Hughes, Loftis, and Hagen single again to score 4 more runs, Reds lead 9-0

5th Inning: Ochoa retires the side in order after throwing only his 70th pitch of the game after striking out 8 of the first 10 batters of the game, Thompson leads off the bottom of the inning with a solo home run to end the game via the mercy-rule for a rare walk-off postseason home run for the Reds, Reds win 10-0

Game Highlights: Ochoa barely missed a perfect game on the mound in a dominant performance, while Loftis and Hagen were each a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate with Loftis leading the Reds with 3 RBI

Regional Championship:

Eaton 14, Eagle Valley 1

1st Inning: Smith sends the first pitch of the game over the wall to take a 1-0 lead, before the Reds surrender a 2-out run to tie the game on back-to-back singles in the bottom of the inning, Reds tied 1-1

2nd Inning: Stanclift leads off the 2nd inning with a home run to take the lead back, and Mininger strands a runner on first base to end the inning, Reds lead 2-1

3rd Inning: Meyers leads off the inning with a home run to make it a remarkable 3rd consecutive home run to start the inning, Carrasco then doubles and scores on a ball hit by Loftis, Mininger strands runners on 1st and 2nd base with a strikeout and flyout to centerfielder Smith to end the inning, Reds lead 4-1

4th Inning: Smith singles to lead off the inning, before Meyers walks and following an out at the plate, Hughes hits a 2-run home run to increase the Reds' lead, Mininger records two outs and then allows a single before Carrasco takes the mound in relief to end the inning with a strikeout, Reds lead 6-1

5th Inning: Stanclift leads off the inning with a HBP, then Thompson, Smith, and Meyers walk, and Carrasco singles, Carrasco then records three strikeouts to end the 5th inning, Reds lead 8-1

6th Inning: Hagen leads off the inning with a double, Stanclift hits the next pitch out for his 2nd home run of the game, Wiederspan walks, and Smith, Meyers, Carrasco and Hughes all single, Carrasco then retires the side in order to end the game via the 10-run mercy rule, Reds win 14-1

Game Highlights: Mininger got out of every inning without any real damage when the game was close, and then Carrasco dominated in closing it out, the Reds' bats were alive with home runs from Smith, Meyers, Hughes, and 2 home runs from Stanclift

The Perfect Season

Reds Complete Season at 24-0

Game Winning Pitcher:

Mike Carrasco

Tournament MVP:

Mike Carrasco

Last Out:

Groundout to First Base

1998 Varsity Season Schedule