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Nick Arias with a 3-run shot to help defeat Brophy Prep 5-2

Mario Bejarano hit an RBI double to put Tucson on the board. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson)

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….Nick Arias was now the pitcher of record and he went through the top of the eighth with relative ease after Tucson was unable to get the bats going in their half of the seventh. That all changed when Maximiliano Leyva belted a double to start off the bottom of the eighth and Gerardo Mungaray walked one out later. Arias stepped to the plate and he delivered on a home run for the 5-2 win.

Tucson (9-2) entered the game with a 1-0 loss to Salpointe (9-1) and a 6-5 setback at Canyon del Oro (9-1). It’s easy to see how a few at bats could have had the Badgers at 11-0 at this point but the game of baseball is full of second chances. Brophy dropped to 5-6 on the year but the Broncos will have their chance to turn the record around with back-to-back games scheduled against Chandler (4-7) coming up….

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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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