Pusch Ridge beat Snowflake 3-1 Friday to claim a spot in the 3A state playoffs. Ranked No. 14 in the 3A Play-In Tournament, Pusch Ridge (19-9) scored two runs in the bottom of the first and held on the rest of the way to turn back No. 19 Snowflake (8-19).
No. 12 Empire beat No. 21 American Leadership 4-3 to claim the other play-in game involving teams from Southern Arizona. Pusch Ridge and Empire will join Sabino, Sahuarita and Catalina in the 16-team playoff bracket, set to start on Friday, May 4.
FRIDAY, APRIL 27
BASEBALL; 3A PLAY-IN TOURNAMENT
No. 12 Empire 4, No. 21 American Leadership 3
No. 14 Pusch Ridge 3, No. 19 Snowflake 1
SATURDAY, APRIL 28
TENNIS: BOYS SINGLES/DOUBLES SEMIFINALS
Ethan Lee Rincon/University vs. Jonny Auh Desert Mountain, 11:30 a.m.
Brendan Perry Catalina Foothills vs. Colin McConnon Cactus Shadows, 11:30 a.m.
Preston Grammond Pusch Ridge vs. Federico Niccacci St. David ,10 a.m.
George Jiang / Mason Lee Catalina Foothills vs, Kaden Macor / Max Bilyk Notre Dame, 11:30 a.m.
Jackson Hartenbach / Eric Cho Salpointe vs. Harry Carrozza / Ryan Hildebrand Cactus Shadows, 11:30 a.m.
Wilder Cooke / Alex Sparks The Gregory School vs. Joey Haertzen / Reilley Leudde Northland Prep, 10 a.m.
Christian Fetsis / Diego Rodriguez Pusch Ridge vs. Jack Swenson / Avinash Vikram Scottsdale Prep, 10 a.m.
TENNIS: GIRLS SINGLES/DOUBLES SEMIFINALS
Selma Fereres Catalina Foothills vs. Faith Daab Coconino, 11:30 a.m.
Samantha Loving Salpointe Catholic vs. Luz Zamudio Seton Catholic, 11:30 a.m.
Sofia Fetsis Pusch Ridge vs. Sammi Gutierrez Sahuarita, 10 a.m.
Lindsey Pesqueira / Sophie Lopez Rincon/University vs. Josie Frazier / McKenna Koenig Desert Mountain, 11:30 a.m.
Halle Zadro / Annabelle Mulick Catalina Foothills vs. Jillian Rasmussen / Katie Reed Arcadia, 11:30 a.m.
Chloe Gavino / Abby Watson Catalina Foothills vs. Brooke Belitz / Natalie Zarasian Notre Dame, 11:30 a.m.
Kay Lee Merrill / Piper Thoutt Benson vs. Emma Reilly / Colleen Harris Pusch Ridge, 10 a.m.
Kate Maxfield / Hailey Brack Pusch Ridge vs. Brianna Biddle / Kate Bailey Northland Prep, 10 a.m.
BASEBALL 4A FIRST ROUND
No. 1 Nogales hosts No. 16 Greenway, 4 p.m.
No. 2 Catalina Foothills hosts. No. 15 Saguaro, 4 p.m.
No. 4 Canyon del Oro hosts No. 13 Coconino, 4 p.m.
No. 8 Salpointe hosts No. 9 Cactus Shadows, 1 p.m.
BASEBALL 5A FIRST ROUND
No. 3 Flowing Wells hosts No. 14 Williams Field, 11 a.m.
No. 7 Buena hosts No. 10 Campo Verde, 11 a.m.
No. 13 Cienega at No. 4 Liberty, 11 a.m.
No. 15 Ironwood Ridge at No. 2 Verrado, 11 a.m.
SOFTBALL 1A FIRST ROUND at Rose Mofford
No. 5 Valley Union vs. No. 12 St. David, 9 a.m.
SOFTBALL 2A FIRST ROUND at Rose Mofford
No. 1 Benson vs. No. 16 Northland Prep, 11 a.m.
No. 3 Willcox vs. No. 14 Miami, 11 a.m.
No. 10 Santa Cruz vs. No. 7 Trivium Prep, 3 p.m.
SOFTBALL 3A FIRST ROUND at Rose Mofford
No. 7 Empire vs. No. 10 Snowflake, 3 p.m.
No. 11 Sahuarita vs. No. 6 Payson, 3 p.m.
No. 12 Sabino vs. No. 5 Winslow, 3 p.m.
SOFTBALL 4A FIRST ROUND
No. 1 Canyon Del Oro hosts No. 16 Douglas, 10:15 a.m.
No. 5 Salpointe hosts No. 12 Amphitheater, 10:15 a.m.
No. 13 Rio Rico vs. No. 4 Sunrise Mountain, 10:15 a.m.
SOFTBALL 5A FIRST ROUND
No. 3 Cienega hosts No. 14 Sahuaro, 10:15 a.m.
No. 8 Ironwood Ridge hosts No. 9 Desert Edge, 10:15 a.m.
No. 11 Mountain View at No. 6 Centennial, 10:15 a.m.
SOFTBALL 6A FIRST ROUND
No. 10 Tucson at No. 7 Red Mountain, 10:15 a.m.
No. 13 Rincon/University at No. 4 Corona del Sol, 10:15 a.m.
TUESDAY, MAY 1
GIRLS D-I TENNIS QUARTERFINALS
No. 4 Rincon/UHS hosts No. 5 Mesa Mountain View, 3 p.m.
GIRLS D-II TENNIS QUARTERFINALS
No. 2 Catalina Foothills hosts No. 10 Greenway, 3 p.m.
No. 5 Salpointe at No. 4 Cactus Shadows, 3 p.m.
No. 6 Nogales at No. 3 Thunderbird, 3 p.m.
GIRLS D-III TEAM TENNIS
No. 5 Pusch Ridge at No. 4 Scottsdale Prep, 3 p.m.
No. 10 Gregory School at No. 2 Phoenix Country Day, 3 p.m.
No. 11 Sahuarita at No. 3 Gilbert Classical, 3 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 2
TRACK & FIELD; DAY 1
BOYS D-II TENNIS QUARTERFINALS
No. 1 Catalina Foothills hosts No. 8 Greenway, 3 p.m.
No. 3 Salpointe hosts No. 6 Notre Dame, 3 p.m.
No. 4 Nogales hosts No. 5 Bradshaw Mountain, 3 p.m.
BOYS D-III TENNIS QUARTERFINALS
No.3 Pusch Ridge hosts No. 6 Chandler Prep, 3 p.m.
No. 4 Gregory School hosts No. 5 Phoenix Country Day, 3 p.m.
FRIDAY, MAY 4
BASEBALL 1A FIRST ROUND at Goodyear
No. 3 Baboquivari vs. No. 14 Fredonia, 6:30 p.m.
No. 4 St. David vs. No. 13 Anthem Prep, 6:30 p.m.
No. 8 Valley Union vs. No. 9 San Pasqual, 4 p.m.
BASEBALL 2A FIRST ROUND at Goodyear
No. 2 Willcox vs. Kingman Academy, 6:30 p.m.
No. 3 Bisbee vs. No. 14 Tempe Prep, 6:30 p.m.
BASEBALL 3A FIRST ROUND at Surprise
No. 1 Sabino vs. No. 16 Yuma Catholic, 6:30 p.m.
No. 3 Sahuarita vs. No. 14 Blue Ridge, 6:30 p.m.
No. 8 Catalina vs. No. 9 Safford, 4 p.m.
No. 12 Empire vs. No. 5 Northwest Christian, 6:30 p.m.
No. 13 Pusch Ridge vs. No. 4 Florence, 4 p.m.
SATURDAY, MAY 5
5A/6A BOYS VOLLEYBALL
TUESDAY, MAY 8
DIVISION III GOLF DAY ONE
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