KINGMAN - Despite sweeping No. 53 ASU Prep in a doubleheader Friday at LWHS, Lee Williams dropped from No. 29 to 30 in its quest to reach the top 24 and a playoff spot for the Division III state tournament.
Lee Williams (10-3) took the opener 11-1, and won the nightcap, 10-0.
"We had to win these two if we are to have any hope of making the playoffs," said LWHS baseball coach James Mayfield. "We've got two more to get and hope we get some help."
The Vols are in Buckeye to face Odyssey Institute Monday and host Kingman (3-14 D-II) in their season finale at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Pitching was the key for Lee Williams in both wins. Paul Giglio earned the win in Game 1 with a five-inning one-hitter. He gave up one run on the one hit. He had no walks and struck out 9 in the mercy rule-shortened contest.
Giglio (2-for-3, two doubles, three runs), Carter Rhoades (2-for-4, double, RBI, run scored), Nate Cottrell (2-for-3, double, two runs, RBI), Matt Shaw (1-for-3, three RBIs), and Sean Roby (2-for-2, RBI) led the way offensively for the Vols.
Lee Williams belted out a total of 10 base hits, and Shaw said it was no big mystery in the batter's box.
"It was pretty much fastballs for the most part," the first baseman said. "It was like batting practice. Just a normal day."
In the second game, it was Brandon Bellisime who shined on the hill. He pitched a six-inning shutout, scattering four hits, walking two and hitting one batter. He struck out two.
Bellisime said he had a plan and a purpose, and he executed them.
"I was locating outside. That was my goal," the southpaw said. "I feel really good about it. I had no idea it was only four hits. My defense played great behind me."
Rhoades did the offensive damage for the Vols. He went 2-for-4, including a triple, and had two RBIs and scored twice.
As the season nears its close, Lee Williams knows it has to take care of what it can control first and foremost.
"We're just taking it one game at a time," said Shaw.