Empire-Sabino 3A state championship postponed due to heavy rain, unsafe conditions

Large puddles formed quickly at Hillenbrand from a heavy downpour that forced the postponement of the Empire-Sabino 3A state championship game (Javier Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

The 3A state championship game Wednesday night between No. 2 Empire and No. 1 Sabino at Hillenbrand Stadium was postponed in the second inning because of a heavy rainfall causing unsafe field conditions.

The resumption of the game will be scheduled at a site other than Hillenbrand at a date and time to be determined, according to the AIA. The game will shift away from Hillenbrand because Arizona’s regular grounds crew is no longer on campus because of the completion of the Wildcats’ season.

The game was originally scheduled for Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. but rain forced its postponement to Wednesday.

Empire was leading 1-0 with one out in the top of the second inning with runners on first and second base.

The Ravens took the lead after Callista Drawbaugh led off the game with a triple and scored when the next batter, Abigail Zsitvay hit into a fielder’s choice groundout.

Sabino put runners on first and second base with no outs in the bottom of the first but Kendall Freidinger worked out of the jam with three straight outs, including two strikeouts.


ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He is a former Arizona Daily Star beat reporter for the Arizona basketball team, including when the Wildcats won the 1996-97 NCAA title. He has also written articles for CollegeAD.com, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports, TucsonCitizen.com, The Arizona Republic, Sporting News and Baseball America, among many other publications. He has also authored the book “The Highest Form of Living”, which is available at Amazon. He became an educator five years ago and is presently a special education teacher at Gallego Fine Arts Intermediate in the Sunnyside Unified School District.

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