Sabino stays in the hunt in the 3A South with an 11-1 win over Thatcher

Sabino junior Max Lialios collected six strikeouts in the win over Thatcher. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson)


Sabino improved to 5-4 in power-ranking games after the Sabercats defeated Thatcher 11-1 in five innings on Monday. The loss moved the Eagles to 4-6 in ranking games. The initial set of AIA power rankings are slated to be released on Tuesday at noon with only regular season contests taken into account.

Sabino and Thatcher compete in the 3A South Region and the top two teams from each of the six 3A regions will automatically qualify for the conference play-in tournament at the very least. The play-in tournament is scheduled for Wednesday, April 26….


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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