Salpointe over Canyon del Oro 5-4

Gianna Payne with the game-winning single in the fifth inning. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson)


Salpointe improved to 19-1 on the year after the Lancers came out on top of a back and forth battle at Canyon del Oro on Thursday thanks to the bat of senior standout Gianna Payne. Payne ended the game with four RBI on a 2-run shot to tie the game in the third inning and a 2-run single to put the Lancers up for good at 5-4 in the fifth inning.

More importantly, the victory moved the top-ranked 4A team to 7-0 in power ranking games and 3-0 in the 4A Kino Region. No. 10 Canyon del Oro (16-5) is still in a good position with a 5-3 record in ranking games with 10 games left in the regular season. The regular season region champion will earn a postseason spot in the 4A Conference but there is also a play-in tournament scheduled for April 26 so teams need to get into the top 24 to be safe……



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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