Morenci baseball headed to championship game Monday

Raymundo Frasquillo File Photo/Gila Herald: Morenci junior Zachary Waltrip returns safely to first base during a pick-off attempt during Morenci’s play-in game against Pima. Morenci will now play for the state championship against No. 1 Scottsdale Christian.

Staff Reports

TEMPE – After winning a play-in game just to make the playoffs, the No. 10-ranked Morenci Wildcats baseball team is in the championship game against No. 1-ranked Scottsdale Christian, which has mowed down the competition during the playoffs. 

Raymundo Frasquillo Photo/Gila Herald: Senior pitcher Desmon Sandoval winds up for a pitch during Morenci’s play-in game that got them into the tournament.

Morenci took down No. 7 Benson in the opening round, 4-2, then beat No. 2 Phoenix Christian, 3-2 and No. 3 Bisbee, 3-2. 

Scottsdale Christian beat No. 16 Tombstone in the opening round, 10-0, then No. 9 Northland Prep, 15-0, and No. 5 Camp Verde, 9-0, to earn its title berth. 

The two teams will face off at Tempe’s Diablo Stadium on Monday, May 13, starring at 7 p.m. 

In other news, Morenci’s softball team fell in the semifinals to No.1-ranked Benson, 4-1, on Friday night, to just come up short of the championship game.  

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