It started out as a pitching duel between Mia Trejo (11-6) and Brianna Aguilar-Beaucage (17-5) but the Division II elimination game held at Amphitheater on Wednesday night turned into a scoring fest with the Lancers coming out on top 13-7.
“Well, it certainly feels good but it was very ugly,” Aguilar-Beaucage said. “Tucson is a great program and Mia is a great pitcher and hitter. She can work both sides and she does it well. We knew we had to hit to win this and my teammates picked me up.”
The loss ended one of the best seasons Tucson (23-10) has had since John Nitka led the Badgers to back-to-back runner-up finishes in 1989 and 1990. The fifth place finish for the Badgers in arguably one of the best divisions in the country may be of little comfort to the Tucson faithful today but, in time, they will look back and realize how special this season was…..
Southern Arizona Playoff Schedule
Wednesday, May 11
Division II Softball (Elimination)
No. 5 Arcadia 10, No. 3 Sahuaro 0
No. 6 Salpointe 13, No. 8 Tucson 7
Thursday, May 12
Division II Baseball
No. 10 Ironwood Ridge vs. No. 5 Greenway at Maryvale, 6:30 p.m. (Winner’s)
No. 6 Canyon del Oro vs. No. 9 Tucson at Amphi, 6:30 p.m. (Elimination)
Division II Softball (Rose Mofford)
No. 2 Ironwood Ridge vs. No. 4 Cactus, 6:30 p.m. (Winner’s)
No. 6 Salpointe vs. No. 5 Arcadia, 6:30 p.m. (Elimination)
Division II Boys Volleyball (Semifinals)
No. 2 Cienega vs. No. No. 3 Ironwood at Campo Verde, 5:30 p.m.
Friday, May 13
Division III Baseball (Surprise)
No. 7 Sahuarita vs. No 6 San Luis (Semifinals)
Division IV Baseball (Goodyear)
No. 1 Desert Christian vs. No. 4 Apache Junction (Semifinals)
Division III Golf (First Round)
Prescott Antelope Hills Golf Course, 10 a.m.
Saturday, May 14
Division III Golf (Second Round)
Prescott Antelope Hills Golf Course, 7:30 a.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