Pine Creek earns baseball victory over Coronado

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Zach Asay knows all about the lopsided history between Pine Creek and Coronado on the baseball diamond.

The senior catcher was just happy to be on the right side of it for once.

Asay played against his former teammates for the first time since transferring to Pine Creek after his family moved following the 2016 season.

He drove in three runs and delivered a key hit in a four-run sixth inning as he added to the Eagles' dominant run over the Cougars, beating them 5-1 on Thursday.

"They weren't exactly the happiest people ever for me moving over here," Asay said. "So that gave me a little bit more drive to work hard."

The Cougars (4-3, 0-2 5A Colorado Springs Metro League) tied the game in the sixth inning when Pine Creek starter Toby Scoles' pickoff attempt to first bounced into the outfield, allowing Bryce McKee to score from second.

But the Eagles (3-4, 2-0) countered with four runs on four hits in the bottom of the inning as Asay capped it off with a two-run single against his former teammate, Alex Bumpus.

"It's one of those deals where when he went over there we thought about it for a bit," Coronado coach Trevor Stewart said. "But hats off to him for doing that. ... Baseball is always telling its own story and that's kind of how it works."

Scoles, a longtime reliever, started, and he carried a no-hitter into the sixth before Issiah Sisneros hit a shallow single to lead off the inning.

Scoles departed after the sixth in the longest outing of his career, allowing just the one hit and the run by error. He'd never thrown more than three innings in any appearance prior to Thursday.

"I told myself at the beginning that I didn't know how many opportunities I was going to get like this," he said. "So I wanted to get the most out of it."

Scoles struck out five and walked three on a career-most 93 pitches. His ability to successfully push deep into the game was not a surprise, said Pine Creek coach Glenn Millhauser.

"He's just had a great offseason and his preseason has been amazing, so we finally let him extend himself a little bit," Millhauser said. "He did a great job, a great job, and he did not want to come out."

Coronado put the first two on in the seventh before Parker Gregory struck out the side.

The Cougars still don't have a victory over the Eagles since Millhauser took over the program in 2009.

Their latest defeat, though, comes with hope.

"It's like we told them after the game, if that doesn't prove to you guys that you guys can compete with anybody in conference then something is kind of wrong with you," Stewart said. "

Thursday's game was moved from Coronado to Pine Creek due to field conditions following the snow storm earlier in the week. The two teams will conclude their season series at Coronado Saturday afternoon.