Robert Lopez collects 14 strikeouts to pace Salpointe past Walden Grove

Robert Lopez. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson)

Salpointe Catholic beat Walden Grove 4-2 at home Tuesday night in an early preview of a possible playoff showdown between two of the top 4A teams in the state. Walden Grove came in ranked No.1 with a 12-0 record in power-ranking games and Salpointe was No. 3 with a 10-2 record. The next set of rankings will be released Wednesday and both teams are expected to stay in the hunt for a favorable seed down the stretch.

The top eight teams in the 4A Conference will skip the play-in bracket and will host a first-round game on Saturday, April 30. The 4A Conference adopted a double-elimination phase in the quarterfinal and semifinal round this spring with the higher seed hosting until all games are shifted to Tempe Diablo Stadium in the semifinal round. Under this new scenario, a seeding in the top four is even more important……



Named one of “Arizona’s Heart & Sol” by KOLD and Casino del Sol, Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014, he was awarded the Ray McNally Award in 2017 and a 2019 AZ Education News recognition. He was 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 and his unique perspective can only be found here and on AZPreps365.com. Andy is a 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, became a member of the Sunnyside Los Mezquites Cross Country Hall of Fame in 2021 and he was a member of the Amphi COVID-19 Blue Ribbon Committee. He earned a Distinguished Service Award from Amphitheater and he was recognized by City Councilman Richard Fimbres. Contact Andy Morales at amoralesmytucson@yahoo.com

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