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PR's Matt Horrigan has baseball, soccer skills

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Posted: Tuesday, March 23, 2010 11:00 pm | Updated: 8:19 am, Thu Mar 24, 2011.

As the area's 2A soccer player of the year, it seemed Matt Horrigan could score from anywhere on the field. In his spring role as leadoff man for the Pusch Ridge Christian Lions baseball team, it seems like he can score from anywhere on the diamond, too.

Batting leadoff, Horrigan had one hit and drew two walks in a 10-7 win at Empire on Friday. Horrigan also had an impact on the bases, going from first to third on a wild pickoff throw, and scoring on a hit.

He's handling the catching duties at Pusch Ridge this season. "I don't like catching," he admitted. So what does he like about baseball? "Stealing bases and diving."

Baseball coach Mark Frithsen is in his first year coaching the team.

"Matt's a blessed athlete who can play a lot of sports," Frithsen said. "He's doing a great job as catcher and outfielder."

Why does Horrigan bat leadoff?

"He's got a good eye," Frithsen said. "He's fast on the base paths, and has a great on-base percentage."

While Horrigan may not enjoy catching, he likes his place in the batting order.

"I'm really patient," Horrigan said. "I like to hug the plate."

Soccer remains a real love.

At the start of the school year, Horrigan brainstormed about a lofty goal.

"I wanted to be player-of-the-year in soccer," Horrigan said. "It was a long shot."

As happy as he was for the impressive accomplishment, Horrigan seemed equally disappointed with not getting the state championship. The Lions lost to Northwest Christian, 3-2.

"It was probably the hardest moment of my soccer career," Horrigan said.

Horrigan did win a state title with last year's baseball team. "Getting that ring was good," Horrigan said. "But it's not the same. I wanted the one in soccer. They (NW Christian) weren't that great."

Before that loss, Pusch Ridge had a 20-match soccer win streak this season, uncharted territory for the squad.

"We had never been that far before," Horrigan said.

Despite the loss, the Lions became the only team to score multiple goals in a game against NW Christian.

Cody Woody and Chad Springetti led the Lions with 23 goals each. Horrigan had 15 goals and 17 assists, the most in the Tucson-area. His combined point-total of 32 was topped only by CDO standout Donny Toia, with 47, and Woody with 39.

Horrigan has received some scholarship offers. He's leaning toward continued studies and soccer playing at Lubbock Christian.

He sees commonality between soccer and baseball.

"When you face the pitcher, it puts the pressure on you." It's just batter and pitcher.

"The penalty kicks in soccer are one-on-one," Horrigan said. "That's the best part."

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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)

Swimming

Marana at Wolves Classic (Chandler High)

Girls Volleyball

CDO at Westwood Tournament of Champions

 

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