Southern Arizona celebrated a trio of state championships last night so Tuesday night has a lot to live up to with three top seeds looking to build upon a championship won last year and the year before.
Salpointe beat Cactus 2-0 to win the 2018 championship and the two teams are matched up once more in a final slated for Hillenbrand Stadium on the University of Arizona campus. Expect a lot of newcomers in attendance, attempting to capture the whole spring season in one night.
Benson is the top seed in the 2A softball ranks and the Bobcats are going for three championships in a row against Camp Verde at ASU. Benson beat Camp Verde 7-3 last year and Bourgade Catholic 5-1 the year before that.
Finally, Nogales stood in the way of Catalina Foothills last year and Salpointe in 2017 but the Apaches are attempting to win their third title in a row at the 5A level this spring against No. 2 Horizon at Diablo Stadium.
The Apaches are working on team championship number 12. James Concannon led the team to three straight in 1954, 1955 and 1956.
MONDAY, MAY 13
SOFTBALL: 5A CHAMPIONSHIP (ASU)
No. 3 Ironwood Ridge over No. 2 Centennial, 5-2
BASEBALL: 4A CHAMPIONSHIP (HoHoKam)
No. 2 Salpointe over No. 1 Mesquite, 4-3
BASEBALL: 3A CHAMPIONSHIP (HoHoKam)
No. 6 Sabino over No. 4 Sahuarita, 3-0
TUESDAY, MAY 14
SOFTBALL: 4A CHAMPIONSHIP (Arizona)
No. 1 Salpointe vs. No. 2 Cactus, 6:30 p.m.
SOFTBALL: 2A CHAMPIONSHIP (ASU)
No. 1 Benson vs. No. 3 Camp Verde, 6:30 p.m.
BASEBALL: 5A CHAMPIONSHIP (Diablo)
No. 1 Nogales vs. No. 2 Horizon, 4 p.m.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org