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Salpointe comes up big in win over Sabino

Krista Martinez hit a walk-off home run for Salpointe. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson)

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We can go back and take a look at April 22 if the Salpointe Lancers go on to win their third state championship in a row. Salpointe (18-0) held on to beat 4A Conference and Kino Region rival Canyon del Oro 5-4 that day in a game that went the distance with the Lancers picking up the final out on a line drive with a Dorado standing at second base in the bottom half of the seventh inning. It was the beginning of a string of victories against some of the top teams in the state including a 10-0 win over 3A power Sabino (16-1) Friday night at home.

Salpointe clinched the Kino Region title in that win over the Dorados but the victory also solidified a top-ranking by defeating a team ranked in the top four of the 4A Conference. A 17-0 win over Nogales followed but that game turned out to be batting practice for what came next. The Lancers took out the No. 2 team in the conference with a 4-0 win over Vista Grande and then run-ruled 5A power Cienega 10-0 before taking out the top-ranked team in the 3A ranks in Sabino….

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Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014, he was awarded the Ray McNally Award in 2017, a 2019 AZ Education News award winner and he has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. He was the first in Arizona to write about high school beach volleyball and high school girls wrestling. 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. Andy was named an Honorary Flowing Wells Caballero in 2019 and he is a member of the Amphi COVID-19 Blue Ribbon Committee. Contact Andy Morales at amoralesmytucson@yahoo.com

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