Ponderosa baseball one win from repeat Class 4A title — and putting Class 5A on notice

Dylan Carey had already clobbered two homers against Thomas Jefferson in the regional title game when he stepped to the plate again, and someone from the Ponderosa dugout shouted what the Spartans were no doubt thinking.

“Not this guy!!”

Carey proceeded to hit another blast to cement the mercy-rule victory, securing his first career three-homer game and sending defending champion Ponderosa back into the Class 4A state tournament. There, the Mustangs continued to roll, winning three games to sit in the driver’s seat heading into the final weekend.

“Winning state last year was something we’d never done before, but winning state two years in a row would be something crazy special that would live on forever in Ponderosa baseball,” said Carey, a Nebraska commit. “And it will show 5A we were meant to be there. We’re just as good as those teams.”

Ponderosa will move back up to Class 5A next year, but first, the Mustangs (21-7) are focused on putting the finishing touches on a repeat. And it’s not just Carey’s bat leading the way. Ponderosa’s averaged 14 runs over five playoff games, including a 19-0 drubbing of Erie last Saturday to advance into the title game.

Carey is tied for the state lead with 13 homers on the season, but senior catcher Derek Lukes (five homers, Point Loma commit) and senior designated hitter Parker Dennis (four homers, Concordia commit) are also power bats in a lineup that’s hit 35 dingers with a .365 team average.

“Everyone’s barreling baseballs all season, and no one is trying to do too much,” Carey said. “If you get out, the next guy will get a hit. We’ve been living off each other’s success.”

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