Nogales Blanks Sunrise Mountain
Nogales rode the right arm of Markie Lopez to take a 6-0 win over Sunrise Mountain and force a Saturday night rematch to determine who will play Catalina Foothills for the 5A state title.
Lopez was dominant, scattering 5 hits over 6 1/3 innings before hitting the pitch limit. He punched out 10 and allowed only one walk.
Marcel Bachelier smoked a long home run to right center field in the 4th inning.
Kevin Jimenez was 2-4 with a double and a runs cored and Kenneth Jimenez added a 2 hit game.
Jesus Lopez knocked in 2 runs for the Apaches.
The two teams will face off again on Saturday night at Hohokam Stadium.
Catalina Foothills 2 St. Mary’s 1
Catalina Foothills advanced to the 4A State Championship game with a 2-1 win over St. Mary’s at Diablo Stadium.
Cole Altherr stroked a 2 out single in the bottom of the 6th and scored on a Matthew Cullen hit that was misplayed in the outfield to put the Facons up 2-1.
St. Mary’s had tied the game at 1 in the top of the 6th when Gio Jasso doubled and scored on Aiden Sanford’s base hit.
Altherr tossed a solid 5 2/3 innings in a no decision for the Falcons, allowing 5 hits and a solo run with 6 Ks. He also went 2-3 at the plate.
Dante Deniro earned the W in relief with 1 1/3 innings of scoreless ball.
Gino Caperon had a pair of hits for St. Mary’s.
The Falcons will face the winner of Saturday’s Nogales/Sunrise Mountain match up in the title game Tuesday night.