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Pusch Ridge over Sahuaro 8-2

Alessandro Castro had 12 strikeouts in the win. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson)

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Pusch Ridge beat Sahuaro 8-2 Thursday night to help solidify a high ranking in the 3A Conference with the playoffs coming up quickly on May 8. The Lions improved to 11-3 on the year and Sahuaro fell to 7-8 in the 4A Conference.

The Cougars needed this win to help fuel a final push towards a possible playoff spot but the team came in ranked No. 28 with only the top 16 teams earning a berth at the 4A level. The 3A Conference will also have a 16-team playoff bracket but the conference allows for automatic berths for each of the six region champions….

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Sam Sides got the start for Sahuaro. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson)

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