2024 Baseball

ROUNDUP: Cochise County rivals Bisbee & Benson advance to semifinals of 2A playoffs

Bisbee is two games from winning its first state title in 16 years (Bisbee photo)

Cochise County rivals No. 3 Bisbee and No. 10 Benson will play each other in the 2A semfinal round Friday at Tempe Diablo Stadium at a time to be determined after their victories Saturday at the Goodyear Ballpark.

Bisbee (21-6) defeated No. 6 Horizon Honors 5-3 and Benson (15-13-1) remained alive with a 13-3 win in five innings over No. 15 Willcox.

Bisbee swept the two-game regular-season series against Benson with wins of 6-3 and 3-2.

No. 3 Bisbee 5, No. 6 Horizon Honors 3

Bryceton Meyer recorded 10 strikeouts with four walks and four hits allowed in six innings to win the game for Bisbee.

The Pumas trailed Horizon Honors 1-0 going to the bottom of the fourth. At that point, Bisbee was hitless.

Hunter Wright had the first hit, a single, after Jaxxon Alvarez was hit by a pitch to lead off the fourth inning.

After Alvarez and Wright advanced on a passed ball, an error on a groundball allowed both of them to score to put Bisbee ahead 2-1.

The Pumas scored two more runs in the fifth after Meyer hit a leadoff triple. An error allwed Meyer to score and then Alvarez hit an RBI double.

Meyer’s single in the sixth forced Horacio Olivarria to third. Olivarria, who started the inning with a walk, scored on Anthony Molina’s sacrifice fly to increase the lead to 5-1.

Horizon Honors rallied for two runs with two outs in the top of the seventh but Wright struck out the last batter to end the threat.

No. 10 Benson 13, No. 15 Willcox 3 (5 innings)

Dalton Crockett went 3 for 4 with two doubles, three runs and three RBIs and Buddy Deskins had four RBIs to lead Benson.

Deskins had a three-run double in the fourth inning that gave Benson a 9-2 lead.

His brother Kellen Deskins was the winning pitcher with five hits allowed in five innings with two strikeouts and no walks.

Matthew Evans went 1 for 2 with two walks, three runs and an RBI. Aiden Bowling had a two-run single and Case Williams was 2 for 3 with two RBIs for Benson.

The top players for Willcox were Jerry Reyes (2 for 2 with a run), Rilee Brooks (1 for 3 with a run and RBI), Kash Macumber (1 for 3 with an RBI) and Monster Fuentes (RBI).

No. 5 Kingman Academy 7, No. 4 Tombstone 6

Tombstone ended its season 16-8 after coming up short in the 2A quarterfinal game Saturday at Goodyear Ballpark.

Trailing 7-5 entering the bottom of the seventh, Tombstone’s first three batters — Sasha Webster, Brody Franklin and Miguel Rincon — walked to load the bases.

With one out, DJ Elias hit an RBI single to cut the lead to 7-6.

The Yellowjackets’ rally ended with runners on second and third following a groundout and lineout.

Elias, the leadoff batter, went 2 for 5 with a run and RBI.


No. 1 Valley Christian 10, No. 9 Tanque Verde 2

Tanque Verde concluded its season 19-10-1 with the loss Saturday at Valley Christian.

Mylo Gallego and Chase North each had two hits, including a double for both.

Gavin Lyski had an RBI single.


No. 11 Lincoln Prep 9, No. 3 Desert Christian 5

Desert Christian finished its season 17-4.

Caden Esquerra and Cooper Payne each had two hits and RBI for Desert Christian.

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