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Posted: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 11:00 am

Mountain View pitcher Colton Wheeler was a breath away from being pulled from the mound on Tuesday evening when the Mountain Lions squared off against the Amphitheater Panthers.

That was before he convinced coach Brian Moore that despite some early-inning mistakes, he had everything under control.

“I just told him I was good to stay in, and not to take me out,” said Wheeler.

Fortunately for the Mountain Lions, Moore listened.

By the third inning, Wheeler had found his rhythm, and his curve ball was wreaking havoc on the Panther batters. 

Wheeler would finish the game with a career-high 11 strikeouts and a 1.00 ERA on 29 batters faced.

“In the end, Colton Wheeler had a hell of a game,” said Moore, who is in his first year coaching the Mountain Lions. “After he convinced me to leave him in, he didn’t let me down.”

Wheeler’s momentum on the mound would eventually rub off on the Mountain Lions’ offense in the top of the seventh inning – an offense Moore and Wheeler agreed needed a breath of life early on.

“We just came out dead,” said Wheeler. “There just wasn’t very much energy early on.”

Fortunately for the Mountain Lions, as soon as their bats heated up, the errors began for the Panthers.

Leading 3-1 at the top of the seventh, Mountain View’s Casey Camamo connected to left, where the ball was collected but overthrown to second base, giving Buddy Balsino the first of three consecutive runs to come in the inning.

With one runner on, Graham Spraker then hit a slow groundball down the first-base line where it was easily collected, but subsequently bobbled by the Amphi defense, giving Spraker the single and advancing Camamo to third base. 

On the next pitch, the pitch got loose behind the plate, advancing Camamo home and Spraker to second. 

“We stepped up and let the other team make errors, and we took advantage of that,” said Moore. “We really pulled down from inside.”

Brandon Hyatt would seal the scoring when he slugged one deep to left field, earning an RBI on Spraker’s run home and giving the Mountain Lions a 6-1 lead heading into the bottom of the seventh, where, before collecting three outs, the Panthers would only manage one run off an RBI from Oscar Castro.

The Mountain Lions finished the game with 8 hits from seven different batters, including a double by Sam Garcia, who, with four plate appearances, managed a .667 batting average.

Spraker collected three of Mountain View’s six runs.

The win moved the Mountain Lions to 5-2 overall, and taught the team a valuable lesson for their coming matches.

“We need to come out like we did in the seventh inning, fired up, and play a whole game instead of three innings,” said Wheeler.

The Panthers loss moves Amphitheater to 0-5-1 on the season.

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Tuesday, September 16

Boys Golf (@ 3 p.m.)

Buena, Cienega at Marana

Mountain View, Ironwood Ridge, Catalina at Amphi (Silverbell GC)

Catalina Foothills, Pueblo, Sahuarita at Sahuaro

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

Mountain View at Rio Rico

Ironwood Ridge at Glendale Ironwood

Swimming (@4 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge, Sahuarita at Desert Christian

Wednesday, September 17

Girls Golf (@ 3 p.m.)

Rincon at CDO

Ironwood Ridge, Desert View at Flowing Wells (Silverbell)

Cross Country (@4:30)

Salpointe at Catalina Foothills

Palo Verde, Nogales at Marana

Rincon, St. Gregory at CDO

Sahuarita, Pueblo, Pusch Ridge at Desert View

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

Empire at Marana (4:30, 5:30, 6:30)

CDO at Queen Creek

Cienega at Mountain View

Sahuaro at Catalina Foothills

Walden Grove at Pusch Ridge

Thursday, September 18

Girls Golf

CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Boys Golf

Sahuaro and Salpointe at Ironwood Ridge

CDO, Rincon, Sunnyside at Tucson High

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

Marana at Sahuarita

Ironwood Ridge at Sahuaro (4:30, 5:30, 6:30)

Catalina Foothills at Rincon

Pusch Ridge at San Manuel

Swimming (4 p.m.)

Marana vs. Tucson at Quincy Douglas Pool

Cienega at Marana

CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Amphi

Catalina Foothills at Sahuaro

Freshman Football (all games at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Flowing Wells at Marana (4 p.m.)

Desert View at Mountain View

Cienega at CDO

Ironwood Ridge at Buena

Catalina Foothills at Sahuarita

JV Football (all games at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Amphi at Marana

Santa Cruz Valley at Pusch Ridge

Mountain View at Desert View

CDO at Cienega

Buena at Ironwood Ridge

Sahuarita at Catalina Foothills

Friday, September 19

Boys Golf

Catalina Foothills, Ironwood Ridge, CDO, at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Cross Country

Mountain View, Ironwood Ridge at Mt. Carmel Invitational (San Diego, CA)

Girls Volleyball

CDO at Westwood Tournament of Champions

Football (@7 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge at Santa Cruz Valley

Catalina at Marana

Desert Vista at Mountain View

Ironwood Ridge at Buena

Cienega at CDO

Catalina Foothills at Sahuarita

Saturday, September 20

Boys Golf

Catalina Foothills, Ironwood Ridge, CDO, at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Cross Country

Marana at Old Pueblo Invite(Lincoln Park)

Mountain View at San Diego

Catalina Foothills, CDO at Ojo Rojo (Chandler, AZ)


Marana at Wolves Classic (Chandler High)

Girls Volleyball

CDO at Westwood Tournament of Champions


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