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PLAYOFFS: Salpointe & Catalina Foothills come up big in 4A baseball playoffs

Catalina Foothills standout Cole Altherr (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

Six teams from Southern Arizona competed in the second round of the 4A and 5A baseball playoffs on Monday night. Let’s take a look at each game:

No. 3 Flowing Wells lost to No. 6 Notre Dame 16-8 in the second round of the 5A playoffs taking place at HoHoKam Stadium in Mesa. Juan Pablo Ruedaflores went 5-for-5 for the Caballeros with a double and an RBI and Elian Quintana also had a double. Brock Barkhurst picked up two RBI.

Flowing Wells will face No.7 Buena in a 5A elimination game set for Thursday, May 3 with place and time to be determined.

Buena lost to No, 2 Verrado 7-3 despite coming back from an early 3-0 deficit to tie the game 3-3 in the fifth. Verrado plated four runs in the sixth for the win.

No. 8 Salpointe upset No. 1 Nogales 4-2 in a rematch of the 2017 state championship game. The Lancers will face No. 5 Sunrise Mountain in third-round action on Wednesday night at Tempe Diablo Stadium at 6:30 p.m. and the Apaches will face No. 4 Canyon del Oro in an elimination game on Wednesday night at Amphitheater High School. Game time for that elimination game is set for 6 p.m.

Efrain Cervantes went 2-2 for the Lancers with an RBI and Jose Cornejo recorded a double. Ricky Maytorena went 2-4 for Nogales with two RBI and a double. Sergio Lopez picked up the win for the Lancers. Cornejo doubled home Cervantes in the top of the fourth and Mikey Villa sacrificed Cervantes home on a fly ball in the top of the sixth to make it 2-0 and then Daniel Durazo scored later in the inning to make it 3-0.

Cervantes picked up a sacrifice in the top of the sixth to score Romeo Ballesteros to make it 4-0 but Maytorena knocked in Marcel Bachelier and Luis Rodriguez to cut the lead down to 4-2 in the bottom of the seventh. Ian Ponce recorded the save to preserve the win.

No. 2 Catalina Foothills beat No. 7 Thunderbird 14-1 in five innings to advance to the 4A third round against No. 3 Seton Catholic on Wednesday night at HoHoKam Stadium in Mesa at 6:30 p.m.

Cole Altherr went 3-3 with two doubles and two RBI to lead the Falcons. Chris Kowalcek had a double and four RBI, Alec Larson went 2-4 with three RBI, Matt Cullen went 3-4 with four RBI and Will Saul picked up the win for the Falcons.

No. 4 Canyon del Oro lost to No. 5 Sunrise Mountain 7-6 and, as mentioned before, the Dorados will play Nogales in an elimination game on Wednesday. Sunrise Mountain led 4-2 after three innings and 7-4 after four but the Dorados cut the lead down to 7-6 on a wild pitch to score Brayden Benavides and an RBI from Andrew Stucky to score Angel Ochoa. The Dorados left two runners on in the bottom of seven, but Sunrise Mountain held on for the win.

MONDAY, APRIL 30

BASEBALL: 5A SECOND ROUND at HoHoKam
No. 6 Notre Dame 16, No. 3 Flowing Wells 8
No 2 Verrado 7, No. 7 Buena 3

BASEBALL 4A SECOND ROUND
No. 8 Salpointe 4, No. 1 Nogales 2
No. 2 Catalina Foothills 14, No. 7 Thunderbird 1 (5)
No. 5 Sunrise Mountain 7, No. 4 Canyon del Oro 6.

TUESDAY, MAY 1

SOFTBALL 6A SECOND ROUND
No. 10 Tucson at No. 2 Pinnacle, 4 p.m.

SOFTBALL 5A FIRST ROUND
No. 3 Cienega hosts No. 6 Centennial, 4 p.m.
No. 8 Ironwood Ridge at No. 1 Arcadia, 4 p.m.

SOFTBALL 4A SECOND ROUND
No. 1 Canyon Del Oro hosts No. 9 Coconino, 4 p.m.
No. 5 Salpointe at No. 4 Sunrise Mountain, 4 p.m.

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

BASEBALL: 4A ROUND 3
No.2 Catalina Foothills vs. No. 3 Seton Catholic, 6:30 p.m. (HoHoKam)
No. 8 Salpointe vs. No. 5 Sunrise Mountain, 6:30 p.m. (Diablo)

BASEBALL: 4A ELIMINATION at Amphi
No.4 Canyon del Oro vs. No. 1 Nogales, 6 p.m.

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.

THURSDAY, MAY 3

BASEBALL: 5A ELIMINATION at TBD
No. 3 Flowing Wells vs. No. 7 Buena, 4 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.

SOFTBALL: 3A QUARTERFINALS at Rose Mofford
No. 7 Empire vs. No. 2 Casteel, 8 p.m.
No. 11 Sahuarita vs. No. 3 Show Low, 8 p.m.

SOFTBALL: 2A QUARTERFINALS at Rose Mofford
No. 1 Benson vs. No. 8 Kingman Academy, 6 p.m.
No. 3 Willcox vs. No. 6 Paradise Honors, 6 p.m.

SOFTBALL: 1A QUARTERFINALS at Rose Mofford
No. 12 St. David vs. No. 4 Williams, 4 p.m.

SATURDAY, MAY 5

5A/6A BOYS VOLLEYBALL

MONDAY, MAY 7

Beach Volleyball Pairs Playoffs at Mesquite
P. Lewis/A. Russell, Salpointe vs. T. Garrett/T. Pope, O’Connor, 7 p.m.
A. Duarte/M. Sundholm, Salpointe vs. A. Spartz/G. Cook, O’Connor, 5 p.m.

TUESDAY, MAY 8

DIVISION III GOLF DAY ONE

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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 is the Southern Arizona voting member of the Ed Doherty Award, recognizing the top football player in Arizona, and he was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Contact Andy Morales at AMoralesMyTucson@yahoo.com

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