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LANCER CLASSIC: Rio Rico gets past Mountain View 3-2


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Zaid Abril piscked up a win for Rio Rico (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

Zaid Abril piscked up a win for Rio Rico (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

AMSA Transportation Lancer Baseball Classic

Mar. 14-18: Tucson Reid Park Annex

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The 9th Annual AMSA Transportation Lancer Baseball Classic is underway. Salpointe is hosting 21 teams including schools from Colorado, California and Oklahoma. Flagstaff and Cesar Chavez will be joining the rest of the teams from Southern Arizona.

All games are being played at the Reid Park Annex, former Spring Training home of the Colorado Rockies and Chicago White Sox. Pool play will end on Wednesday. Bracket play starts on Thursday and the championship game is scheduled for Friday night at 6 p.m.

Admission: $8.00 per day for adults or $30.00 for a week pass. $5.00 per day for kids 8 -12 years old or $20.00 for a week pass. 7 and under are free.

Rio Rico defeated Mountain View 3-2 late Monday to help get things started.

Mountain View scored two runs in the top of the first to take an early lead but Rio Rico responded with two of their own in the bottom half on the inning.

Richard Gospodarek reached on a one-out error and then advanced to second base on a wild pitch where Gabe Gordon doubled him home to give Mountain View a 1-0 lead. Robbie Ryan followed with an RBI single to score Gordon and then Ryan Hill was walked to put two on with one out.

Daniel Angulo settled down and induced two fly balls to limit the damage.

Mike Escobar reached on a leadoff walk to put Rio Rico in business in the bottom of the first and Daniel Quijada tripled him home. Alvaro Barnett scored Quijada on a ground out to tie the game at 2-2.

Zaid Abril came in for Rio Rico and he limited Mountain View to a couple of walks and a hit through six innings while Rio Rico plated the winning run in the top of the fourth. Barnett doubled, Luis Soto moved him to third base and Ruben Davis grounded him in for the 3-2 lead.

Mountain View had two runners on with two out in the top of the seventh but Abril finished the game out with a fly ball. Gordon finished 2-2 with a an RBI double for Mountain View.

POOL PLAY

Monday. Mar. 14
Sunnyside 6, Nogales 3
Sahuaro 5, Bellflower (CA) 3
Sabino 8, Vista Grande 1
Rio Rico 3, Mtn View 2
Salpointe v Rincon
Blanchard (OK) v Desert View
Salpointe v Tecumseh (OK)
Enid (OK) v Foothills
Marana v Sahuarita

Tuesday, Mar. 15
Foothills v Desert View, 10 a.m.
Tecumseh (OK) v Rio Rico, 10 a.m.
Sabino v Bellflower (CA) , 1 p.m.
Mtn View v Blanchard (OK), 1 p.m.
Edison (OK) v Chavez, 4 p.m.
Sahuaro v Sahuarita, 4 p.m.
Vista Grande v Poudre (CO), 4 p.m.
Sunnyside v Flagstaff, 4 p.m.
Poudre (CO) v Chavez, 7 p.m.
Nogales v Marana, 7 p.m.
Flagstaff v Edison (OK), 7 p.m.
Enid (OK) v Rincon, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Mar, 16
Sahuaro v Chavez, 10 a.m.
Nogales v Tecumseh (OK), 1 p.m.
Poudre (CO) v Mtn View, 1 p.m.
Enid (OK) v Sabino, 1 p.m.
Rio Rico v Vista Grande, 4 p.m.
Salpointe v Marana, 4 p.m.
Edison (OK) v Sahuarita, 4 p.m.
Flagstaff v Rincon, 7 p.m.
Salpointe v Desert View, 7 p.m.
Foothills v Blanchard (OK) , 7 p.m.
Bellflower (CA) v Sunnyside, 7 p.m.

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Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014 and has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. His own children have won multiple state high school championships and were named to all-state teams. Competing in hockey, basketball, baseball and track & field in high school, his unique perspective can only be found here, on AZPreps365.com and on the pages of the Vail Voice and the Tanque Verde Voice. Contact Andy Morales at AMoralesMyTucson@yahoo.com

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