It’s a long and brutal season but Catalina Foothills took the first step necessary to survive the vaunted 4A Kino Region with an 8-5 win at Canyon del Oro Tuesday night.
Catalina Foothills (5-0 overall, 1-0 in region play), Canyon del Oro (5-1, 0-1), Salpointe (6-2, 0-0), Nogales (7-2, 0-0) and Walden Grove (5-2, 0-0) are the pieces that make the region one of the most difficult in the 4A Conference.
CF: 2-1-1-0-3-1: 8-9-2
CDO: 0-2-0-0-0-3: 5-8-1
CF: Kowalcek (1-3, W, SB, 2R); N. Cullen (0-3, SAC, R); DeNiro (1-3, 2B, R, SAC, RBI); Larson (2-2, SAC, 2RBI, SB, W, 2R); Altherr (1-3, W); M. Cullen (0-3, W); Rodriguez (2-3, 2B, SB, 2R); Saul (2-3, RBI); Parker (W); Dwyer (0-1, CI). WP: Altherr (5 IP, 6K, 2 ER); Rodriguez (2/3 IP, 3 ER); DeNiro (1/3 IP, K).
CDO: Bustamante (2-4); Ochoa (2-3, 2B, RBI, W, R); Porter (1-2, HR, 2RBI, 2W, R); E. Romero (0-4); B. Romero (0-2, W, R); Lytle (1-3); Stucky (1-3, 2B, RBI); Higdon (R); Stancer ((1-2, RBI); VonBogaert (W, R); Benavides (0-3). LP: Cordova (3 IP; 2ER, 3K); Porter (2 IP, 3ER); Aykroyd (1 IP, 0 ER).
Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014 and he was awarded the Ray McNally Award in 2017 and he 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 and on AZPreps365.com. Andy was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Contact Andy Morales at AMoralesMyTucson@yahoo.com