2011 High School Baseball Road Trip

Blanford, Real Lead Boulder Creek to 10-0 Win

4/11/2011 10:32:14 PM

Box Score

ANTHEM, AZ--Boulder Creek rolled to a 10-0, six inning victory over Willow Canyon, Monday, with RHP Tony Blanford pitching 5 innings of shut out ball and 3B Alex Real providing the bulk of the offense a pair of hits including a walk-off 3-run homer.

On a beautiful day just north of Phoenix, the Jaguars offense got going early, plating five first inning runs, and giving Blanford all the support he would need.

Blanford, himself got the early rally going with a double. He was promptly driven home by an Alex Real single to right-center field. Real was quickly driven home as well by his younger brother C David. After an error, RF Phillip Bayus singled up the middle to score two more.

With the five run cushion, Blanford settled in an shut down the Wildcat offense allowing only four base runners over his five innings. He worked his fastball 88-90 in the first inning, then dialing it up a notch and sitting 89-91 the rest of the game.

He complimented it with a curveball, which sat at 71-73 in the first inning with fringy break before living at 75-76 with sharper break later in the game.

"I didn't have good feel for my curveball in the first inning, but it felt a lot better in the second," he said.

Boulder Creek coach Joe McDonald also sees a lot of potential in the pitch.

"He was really trying to guide it in the first, but made a great adjustment with it. I believe it can be a very effective pitch for him."

Blanford also mixed in an 80 mph changeup later in the game.

When asked what he needed to improve on, he was quick to answer, "command of all three pitches."

He ended the day throwing 78 pitches, 57.7% of them for strikes, striking out seven, walking three. The only hit he gave up was a lead-off single by Tyler Tingley, the opposing pitcher.

Blanford showed a repeatable delivery and clean arm actions, with good arm action and deception on his off-speed pitches.

Video footage of Tony Blanford.

The teams traded scoreless frames for three innings after Boulder Creek's big first, with Willow Canyon reliever RHP Brandon Glasser shutting down the Jaguar offense.

Boulder Creek came back in the 5th with two more runs, David Real drove in one on a line drive double to LF, and Bayus drove home his third run of the day with a single.

David Real was impressive, showing the same strong, balanced approach as his brother while employing an easy swing with pop.

Blanford exited after five, and LHP Garrett Grant pitched a scoreless sixth to set the stage for Alex Real's heroics.

Leadoff man Jonny Pawling walked and Grant singled before Real stepped to the plate and ripped a line drive over the wall in left field, giving Boulder Creek a 10-0 victory in walk-off fashion.

Real has a thick, strong build and uses it at the plate, hitting the ball to all fields with authority and showing the ability to bring his hands in and pull the ball as well.

The win moves the Jaguars to 25-4 on the year and they have proven to be one of the top teams in the state. Just six games remain until the Arizona state playoffs.

The PG High School Road Trip continues tomorrow from El Paso, TX at 4 pm (MT) as Franklin takes on Bel Air.

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