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Bagdad advances to state semifinals after 8-0 shutout of Valley Union

Prep Baseball: State Playoffs

GOODYEAR — The 1A top-ranked Bagdad baseball team advanced to the state semifinals after shutting out eighth-seeded Valley Union Saturday with an 8-0 win at Goodyear Baseball Complex.

Senior pitcher Israel Loveall tossed a complete-game two-hitter, tallying a whopping 14 strikeouts and no walks. At the plate, Loveall went 2 for 2 with a two-run homer. Tony Ventura (2 for 3) and Rio Delgado (2 for 3) aided in the effort.

The Sultans (18-0 overall record in power-point games) face fifth-seeded Williams at 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 11, at Goodyear Baseball Complex’s Indians field No. 5 in the semifinals. If Bagdad wins, it would battle the winner of the No. 2 Superior-No. 6 Ray semifinal in the championship game at 4 p.m. Monday, May 14, at Tempe Diablo Stadium.