FRIDAY, MAY 14
BASEBALL SEMIFINALS AT DIABLO
1A: No. 1 St. David 9, No. 5 Williams 5
2A: No. 2 Benson 1, No. 3 Miami 0
St. David is going for the 18th state championship in program history on Saturday and Benson is going for championship number three with the last coming in 1987.
1A: No. 3 San Manuel 6, No. 2 Bagdad 3
Jazmyne Waddell had two doubles with an RBI at the plate and she struck out 14 batters from the circle to help secure a state final appearance for the first time since 2015, The Miners have nine state championships.
2A: No. 1 Benson 9, No. 4 Round Valley 1
Emily Darwin picked up 10 strikeouts, went 3-4 with a double and RBI and Kayla Sherman went 2-2 with a double and 3 RBI. Benson has five state championships with the last two coming in 2017 and 2018.
3A: No. 1 Sabino 1, No. 4 Empire 0 (15)
Riley Nielson picked up 26 strikeouts with the Sabercats outlasting Empire 1-0 in 15 innings. Nielson had the game-winning RBI on a double that scored Ilianna Armijo. Vanessa Candito had 18 strikeouts for the Ravens.
3A: No. 3 Payson 2, No. 10 Tanque Verde 0
Payson limited Tanque Verde to a single by Paige Brady and Jessica Thompson picked up 8 strikeouts from the circle. The Hawks were ranked No. 29 in 2019 and climbed all the way to a shot at a state final.
Sabino's @sabinoathletics Riley Nielson hit the game winning RBI double in the bottom of the 15th to defeat Empire 1-0. She pitched a 3 hit, 26 K game in a remarkable performance to lead Sabino to the 3A State Championship game against Payson on Monday. @AllSportsTucson pic.twitter.com/KqUv2uHia5
— Kevin Murphy (@KevinMurfee) May 15, 2021
SATURDAY, MAY 15
5A BOYS VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONSHIP AT SKYLINE
No. 2 Cienega vs. No. 1 Casteel, 3 p.m.
BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS AT DIABLO
1A: No. 1 St. David vs. No. 3 Ray, 7 p.m.
2A: No. 2 Benson vs. No. 1 Scottsdale Christian, 4 p.m.
SOFTBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS AT MOFFORD
1A: No. 3 San Manuel vs. No. 1 Williams, 5:30 p.m.
2A: No. 1 Benson vs. No. 3 River Valley, 7:45 p.m.
MONDAY, MAY 17
BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS AT DIABLO
3A: No. 4 Sabino vs. No. 2 Odyssey Institute, 4 p.m.
4A: No. 4 Salpointe vs. No. 2 Mesquite, 7 p.m.
SOFTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP AT ARIZONA
3A: No. 1 Sabino vs. No. 3 Payson, 11:30 a.m.
4A: No.1 Salpointe vs. No. 2 Vista Grande, 2 p.m.
TUESDAY, MAY 18
D-II BEACH VOLLEYBALL PAIRS AT CASTEEL
No. 1 B. Kishbaugh/A. Owens (Salpointe) vs. G. Abrams/M. Kohoutek (Fountain Hills), 5 p.m.
K. Call/M. Hains (CDO) vs. A. Mancilla/A. Acosta (Desert Edge), 5 p.m.
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