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Kaiden Frees reached on an infield error and later scored the walk off game winner on Matteo Baker’s high infield chopper as Corona del Sol edged Red Mountain 6-5.
With the victory the Aztecs move on to the 6A state championship against Hamilton, a rematch of the 2009 title game where CDS claimed it’s last title.
The Aztecs got to Red Mountain starter Kai Murphy in the first inning.
With 2 outs, Hunter Haas walked, Brian Kalmer follwoed with a single, and Frees lined a knock to center, scoring Haas for a 1-0 lead.
Ulises Jimenez thenm dropped a parachute pop fly into short center to plate Kalmer and make it 2-0.
RM got on the board in the 3rd when Tanner Rice led off qwith a single and later scored on a wild pitch to cut the lead to 2-1.
In the 4th Cade Verdusco, who had 3 hits on the day, led off with a single.
Bryan Webb followed with a sac bunt and Murphy tried to go to second for the force out but Verdusco was in safely.
With Kalmer at the plate the Aztecs executed a double steal, putting runners at second and third, and Kalmer would deliver with an RBI sac fly.
Frees then sent an off the end of the bat cue shot grounder to first that squirted through Connor Watson’s legs, allowing Webb to score and making it 4-1.
In the 4th Corona starter David Utagawa found himself in hot water.
Ryan Campos led off with a single up the middle.
Watson was then hit by a pitch and Nate Campos dropped down a sweet bunt and legged it out for a hit, loading the bases.
Two batters later Dakota Duffalo drew another walk to score a run.
Rice followed with a ground out to plate Watson and it was 4-3.
The next batter, TJ Adams, grounded a ball to Kalmer at third, but the throw to first was errant, allowing Campos and Duffalo to score and giving the Lions a 5-4 lead.
Corona would tie the score in the bottom of the 4th when Hunter Haas singled in Wyatt Berry, who had drawn a one out walk.
Nick Schobinger entered the game for Utagawa with one out in the 4th, and the senior would toss 3 2/3 innings, allowing one hit and fanning 4 to earn the win.
Hamilton 9 Mountain Ridge 0
Hamilton broke out of a hitting slump and Shane Murphy twirled a complete game shutout as the Huskies advanced to the 6A title game with a 9-0 win over Mountain Ridge.
The Huskies, who had scored only 5 runs in their last 3 games, pounded out 12 hits on the day and took advantage of 6 Mountain Ridge walks.
The game was much closer than the score indicated, with Ridge starter Cayden Collins and Murphy hanging doughnuts for the first 3 innings.
In the bottom of the 4th, Tyler Wilson led off for Hamilton with a ground single up the middle.
Kyle Hasler followed with a double, putting runners at 2nd and third.
Brandon Hill’s sac fly would plate Wilson and it was 1-0.
After Brock Selvidge struck out for the second out of the inning, Tyler Erwin stepped in. The senior sent a ground ball to second, and busted it down the line for an infield hit to score Hasler with the second run.
It was a controversial, bang bang play at first. The Ridge dugout protested loudly. Third base coach Jeremy Neville was ejected, and it was a huge turning point in the game.
The Huskies would add on in the 5th when JD McLaughlin would walk and later score on a Hasler bunt and it was 3-0.
The wheels came off for Ridge in the 6th as the Huskies sent 11 men to the plate and scored 6 runs.
Will Maxey had an RBI double.
Michael Brueser, Wilson and Selvidge all had RBI knocks and the Huskies were on their way to the title game.
With the victory, Murphy moved to 9-0 on the season. The senior lefty scattered 6 hits and punched out 5.
Hamilton and Corona will face off for the title on Tuesday night at 7:00 PM at Diablo Stadium.