Desert Vista edges Desert Ridge, 3-1

April 21, 2023 by Les Willsey, AZPreps365

Desert Vista's Hunter Cline dives for home with an insurance run in a 3-1 victory over host Desert Ridge on Friday night. (Azpreps365 photo)

Desert Vista's and Desert Ridge's baseball teams are jockeying for postseason position as the regular season winds down to its final couple days and games.

Desert Vista, currently 6A's #11 seed, kept its hopes alive to earn a spot in the top 8 at state on Friday night, edging host and #18 Desert Ridge, 3-1.

Senior pitcher Michael Caruso tossed a complete-game, two-hitter. Desert Vista improved to 19-7-1 overall and 6-3 in the Central Region. Desert Ridge is now 14-12 overall, 3-6 in region.

Caruso ran his record to 5-1. He walked three and struck seven. He allowed only a walk while pitching to the minimum 12 batters the first four innings. The walk was erased by a double play. The run he allowed was unearned in the fifth inning when he yielded both hits mixed in with an infield error.

Neither team had a player produce a multiple-hit game. Desert Vista's Jordan Garrison collected his team's lone RBI -- a seventh-inning double. Desert Ridge designated hitter Carsen Kane drove in the Jaguars run with a fifth-inning single.

The teams finish the regular season and their two-game series on Monday with a 4 p.m. first pitch at Desert Vista.