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Jags baseball team loses close game to Centennial

Lauren Potter~Staff ~ 4/22/2015

ANTHEM – Joe Navarro’s clutch hit propelled Centennial High School Coyotes one step closer to the playoffs in a 3-5 victory against Boulder Creek High School Jaguars on Thursday, April 16.

What started off as a slow and slipshod home game for the Coyotes took a fast turn at the bottom of the sixth inning, as Navarro stepped up to bat after two other teammates struck out.

Navarro’s clutch hit came at a make or break moment in the home game: with bases loaded and a tied score of 3-3, Navarro’s hit landed in the shallow right field – just far enough out of reach that two Coyotes were able to make it to home base.

While the Jaguars defense and pitcher Mitchell Allen started off strong – with the Coyotes failing to score in the first two innings – the tables turned in favor of the Coyotes during that second inning.
Coyotes pitcher Casey Brown was strong on the long fronts and helped keep his team in the game.

Jaguars batter, Max Calderone, who batted at the top of the sixth inning, was disappointed with the third consecutive loss.

“We knew it was a big game going in,” Calderone said. “We just tried to step up.”

As the male BCHS Athlete of the Month, Calderone is no stranger to stepping it up. According to Jags Baseball’s Web site reports, Calderone “hit .500 in the month of March while playing solid defense in the outfield.”

The Jags’ defenses couldn’t take down Centennial in this game, however.

Every win gets the Coyotes closer to being a better seed in the playoffs, and at this point in the season, they don’t want to give away any games.

“Every game is very important,” pitching Coach Bret Prinz said. “Today our task was to take it one pitch at a time, one bat at a time and see what happens at the end of the day.”

The Coyotes must make it through the next five games to make it to the playoffs and ultimately have a chance at winning the state championship.

The Jags baseball team is scheduled to take on Coconino at Chase Field on April 23, Brophy College Preparatory at Brophy on April 27, and Willow Canyon High School at Willow on April 28.