Mesquite Handles Chaparral
Mesquite broke up a tie game with 3 runs in the bottom of the 5th inning and took a 3-1 win over Chaparral at Tempe Diablo Stadium in the 5A state tournament.
Davis Heller led off the bottom of the fifth wit a first pitch laser beam homer onto the top of the berm beyond the left field fence.
Cole Westerlund would triple two batters later and score on a wild pitch, and Grant Gorrell knocked in the 3rd run with an RBI single.
Holden Breeze got the start for the ‘cats and worked 4 innings, allowing 5 hits and a solo run.
David Watson threw 3 shutout innings in relief, allowing one hit, to earn the W.
Verrado 5 Notre Dame 4
Verrado held off a late Notre Dame charge and took a narrow 5-4 win in the 5A tournament at Hohokam Stadium.
Brady Bulger cranked a triple in the 5th that drove in 2 runs and proved to be the difference.
Notre Dame rallied in the 7th. Trailing 5-1, the Saints got a lead off walk to Jared Farquhar followed by a Tyler Cranston double. Ben Nemivant plated both runners with a base hit. The Saints would load the bases on a hit by pitch and an infield error.
Tommy Roskos drew an RBI walk to pull the Saints within one.
But sidearm reliever Bryan McKinsey got a punch out of Alex Nyberg to end it.
Kyle Wellman threw 5 1/3 innings for the Vipers, allowing 4 hits and 1 run with 6 Ks to earn the W.
Liberty 4 Queen Creek 3
Cameron Bracke and Chandler Murphy combined on the mound to lead Liberty to a 4-3 win over Queenm Creek in the 5A state tournament.
Bracke tossed 3 1/3 innings and allowed 2 runs, on of them earned. He punched out 8 and walked 3.
Murphy earned the W with 3 innings of work, allowing 4 hits and a solo run.
Luke Pauga’s 2 RBI knock to score JD Wadleigh and Christian Contreras in the bottom of the 5th proved to be the game winner.
Danny marshall threw well for QC, working 6 innings and surrederng 6 hits with 7 Ks.
Flowing Wells 10 Buena 0 (6 Inn)
Flowing Wells jumped out a 4-0 first inning lead and rolled on to a 10-0 mercy rule win over Buena.
Juan Pablo Ruedaflores threw 4 innings of one hit shutout ball to earn the win on the hill. Noah Estrella tossed 2 scorless innings to seal the deal.
Estrella, Andres Holguin, Brock Barkhurstand Elias Avenente all had 2 hit games for Flowing Wells.