Bagdad baseball routs rival Mayer to advance in playoffs
Sultans dominant in first round victory
Bagdad’s second-seeded baseball team shut out county rival and 15th-seeded Mayer, 15-0, in five innings in the first round of the AIA 1A State Championship tournament Friday night at Goodyear Baseball Complex.
The defending small schools’ state runner-up Sultans will battle seventh-seeded and fellow 1A West Region member San Pasqual in the quarterfinals today at 11 a.m., also at Goodyear Baseball Complex, Reds field No. 6.
Mayer, which managed only one hit against Bagdad, entered the first-round contest with nine players on its roster. Four of the Wildcats’ regular starters were missing.
“I’m very proud of the guys that finished the season,” Mayer coach Pat Statler said. “It’s not what I envisioned when we started, but we moved on and made the playoffs. Several times I didn’t think we’d even make it. I feel bad for the three seniors [on the team]. It was not the way we wanted it to end.”
San Pasqual shut out No. 10 Ash Fork, 8-0, in its first-round contest Friday. During the regular season, Bagdad beat the Warriors, 15-0 and 12-2, handing them their only two region losses (8-2 record). The Sultans went undefeated in region at 10-0.
After Saturday’s quarterfinal round, the state tournament will continue at 6:30 p.m. next Friday, May 12, with the semifinals in Goodyear. State concludes at 4:30 p.m. that Saturday, May 13, with the championship game at Surprise Stadium. Only the Top 16 teams in 1A qualified for state.
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