Cienega beat Buena 16-6 with state playoffs starting next week

Oregon State commit Aubrey Marx went 3-5 with two RBI on a double and two triples. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson)


The Cienega Bobcats closed out their regular season with a 16-6 victory over Buena Thursday night at home and the team will have to wait until Tuesday to see where they fit in the playoff picture. Ranked No. 10 coming into the game with Buena, Cienega is currently in line to host a play-in game next Wednesday for a shot at the state playoffs. Ranked No. 25, Buena still has one more chance to break into the top 24 to secure one of those play-in spots.

Buena (7-10 in ranking games) will travel to play No. 12 Ironwood Ridge (11-6) on Friday for what amounts to a playoff game for the Colts. Even with a victory, there might not be enough power points to get a berth, however….



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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