Sahuarita over Amphitheater to remain in playoff picture

Former University of Arizona All-American Laura Espinoza Watson congratulates her niece Maliyah Espinoza after the Amphi junior belted her fourth home run of the year. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson)


Sahuarita improved to 11-4 on the year after the Mustangs beat Amphitheater 15-3 Tuesday on the road. The Mustangs began the day ranked No. 11 in the 4A Conference, and in a good position to remain in the top 16 with four games left on their schedule, but the remaining opponents are all ranked outside of the top 20.

Sahuarita started the season with a 1-3 record but the team turned things around and the program is working on an eight-game win streak with an average margin of victory of 13-3. Amphitheater (2-10) is ranked No. 43 at the 4A level so it is unclear how many power ranking points the Mustangs will gain from the win but a loss would have been a drag on their playoff chances.

The Panthers took an 2-0 lead on the Mustangs after Maliyah Espinoza connected on a shot to score Marina Pro and herself in the bottom of the first inning but the Mustangs scored five unearned runs in the top of the second to take control of the lead the rest of the way. Neveah Baca reached on an infield error and then a walk issued to Caitlyn Fackler set up an RBI from Lucero Lerma….


 Neveah Baca finished with a home run, double and two RBI. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson)


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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