Eventually, Phoenix Desert Vista was going to have to throw a pitch to Nolan Gorman’s liking.
With runners on first and second, Gorman pounced on a fastball, hitting a towering, 400-plus-foot home run that provided the offensive spark host Phoenix Sandra Day O’Connor needed to beat Phoenix Desert Vista 11-8 on Saturday in the first round of the 6A state baseball tournament.
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“I tried to hit the ball as hard as I could,” said Gorman, a senior third baseman who is projected to be a first-round MLB draft pick in June. “Cut the lead in half and good things happen after that.”
Actually, Gorman’s three-run blast brought O’Connor back from a 6-2 deficit to 6-5 with two outs in the fourth inning off starter Brandon Childers, who had walked seven and gave up his first hit before Gorman delivered