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Posted: Wednesday, March 10, 2010 12:00 am | Updated: 8:18 am, Thu Mar 24, 2011.

The Mountain View Mountain Lions baseball team figures to go as far as its pitching will take them in 2010.

The keys to that pitching staff are senior Kyle Barger and junior Vince Gerhard, who have "a lot of weight on their shoulders," said coach Anthony Chavez.

In a 9-1 loss to Mesa Westwood last Tuesday, Barger was a major bright spot. He threw three innings of scoreless relief, and allowed one hit. The concern was some early wildness, as he hit three batters, but he recovered and pitched out of two bases-loaded threats.

"I was happy he was able to get us out of trouble," Chavez said.

Gerhard's fastball was alive, as he struck out five. Barger's potential was evident, too. Despite giving up six hits and four earned runs, Barger fanned four in two innings. Last year, Barger had a 2.57 ERA.

As for the rest of the staff, Chavez is still searching. "We're still trying to figure out who our pitchers will be," he said.

Sophomore Cecil Fuentes looks to be penciled in as the leadoff man for the Mountain Lions, while Robert Kallal is the #2 hitter.

"We still don't know who will hit number three or number four," Chavez said. "We're still trying to figure out those spots."

Seniors on the team include Barger, catcher Jake Pierce, first baseman Adam Chacon, Zach Koprowski and Kallal.

Kallal reached base all three time up in the loss with a hit, a walk, and a hit by pitch. He also scored the team's lone run. Last year, he hit .355.

"It's a matter of finding the positions, and after spring break to work on what we need to do to be a better ballclub," Chavez said.

"There are positions open. It's a matter of who wants it the most."

Chavez repeatedly pointed out that it's open competition for defensive, and lineup positions, as well, until regional play begins. Then, he expects to have a regular lineup.

Last year, the Mountain Lions made the 5A-II playoffs with a 13-14 record.

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Tuesday, September 30

Boys Golf (3 p.m.)

Mountain View at Haven Golf Course

Ironwood Ridge, Buena, Catalina at Rincon (Dell Urich)

Girls Volleyball (4, 5, 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Marana at CDO

Maricopa at Mountain View

Ironwood Ridge at Vista Grande

Poston Butte at Catalina Foothills

San Miguel at Pusch Ridge

Freshman Football (6 p.m.)

Maricopa at Marana

Wednesday, October 1

Girls Golf (3 p.m.)

Mountain View vs. Ironwood Ridge (Omnu Tucson National)

CDO, Sunnyside at Flowing Wells (Silverbell)

Sabino at Catalina Foothills

Cross Country (4:30 p.m.)

Ironwood Ridge, Sahuarita at Flowing Wells (Columbus Park)

Marana, St. Gregory at Catalina Foothills

Girls Volleyball (4, 5, 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

CDO at Ironwood Ridge

Freshman Football (6 p.m.)

Mountain View at Salpointe

Catalina Foothills at CDO

JV Football (6.p.m.)

Marana at Maricopa

Salpointe at Mountain View

CDO at Catalina Foothills

Thursday, October 2

Swimming (4 p.m.)

Mountain View, St. Gregory’s, Pusch Ridge at Marana

Girls Volleyball (4, 5, 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Mountain View at Poston Butte

Catalina Foothills at Flowing Wells

Pusch Ridge at Willcox

Varsity Football (7p.m.)

Maricopa at Marana

Mountain View at Salpointe

Catalina Foothills @ CDO

Ironwood Ridge at Rincon

Friday, October 3

Boys Golf (all day)

CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Santa Rita/Flowing Wells Invitational

Girls Vollyeball (all day)

CDO, Catalina Foothills at Falcon Invitational

Cross Country

Catalina Foothills, CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Desert Twilight Festival

Varsity Footbal (7 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge at San Tan Valley

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CDO at Santa Rita/Flowing Wells Invitational

Swimming (all day)

Catalina Foothills, CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Brophy/Xavier Swim Invitational

Girls Volleyball (4 p.m.)

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