Southern Arizona Friday Baseball/Softball Playoffs Roundup
May 6, 2016 by Andy Morales, AZPreps365
DIVISION IV BASEBALL
No. 4 Bisbee defeated No. 5 Santa Cruz 10-2 on Friday to advance to the semifinal round on Saturday where the Pumas will face No.1 Bagdad at 11 a.m. at the Maryvale Stadium.
DIVISION III SOFTBALL
No. 24 Nogales lost to No. 1 Cibola 11-1 in six innings.
No. 7 Catalina Foothills beat No. 2 Poston Butte 2-1 to advance to the semifinal round on Saturday where the Falcons will face No. 3 River Valley at 10 a.m. at the Rose Mofford Complex.
The Falcons reached the semifinal round in 2009 in the old 4A-I division that was also the last time the team made the playoffs. Nic Conway collected nine strikeouts (274) including the side in the seventh inning.
DIVISION IV SOFTBALL
No.1 Benson beat No. 24 Amphitheater 8-3 to advance to the semifinal round on Saturday where the Bobcats will face No. 5 Pueblo at 10 a.m. at the Rose Mofford Complex. Freshman Katie Sherman has 24 wins on the year.
Amphitheater reached the quarterfinal round as a 24-seed. Look for the Panthers to be a power team in the next few years.
Pueblo defeated No. 4 Yuma Catholic 8-1 to set up the match with Benson. Benson beat Pueblo 7-5 on April 5. Pueblo came up with nine hits against Sherman that day which is the highest mark given up to a team from Arizona.
This is the Warrior’s first run since they won it all in 1990. Benson has won championships three times in the last decade with the last being in 2011.
No. 3 San Manuel lost to No. 11 Morenci 13-1 in five innings. Morenci beat San Manuel earlier in the year. This ends the Miners run of three straight championship game appearances.
DIVISION V SOFTBALL
No. 2 Santa Cruz beat No. 23 Miami 16-4 in five innings to advance to the semifinal round where the Dust Devils will face No. 3 Superior at 10 a.m. on Saturday.
No. 4 Valley Union beat No. 5 Hayden 20-0 in five innings to advance to the semifinal round where the Blue Devils will face No. 1 Ray at 10 a.m.