McNelley fires 1-hit shutout as Odyssey blanks Cougars 1-0, advance to state
BUCKEYE — Chino Valley’s hitters couldn’t solve Odyssey Institute pitcher Matt McNelley on Tuesday, April 30, and it cost the Cougars a trip to the 3A state baseball tournament.
McNelley tossed a one-hit shutout and Isaiah Zambrano hit a walk-off RBI single in the seventh inning, guiding 16th-seeded Odyssey to a 1-0 victory over the No. 17 Cougars in a state play-in round game.
Chino Valley leftfielder Cody Burns tallied the lone hit for his team, which was a single.
However, the Minotaurs didn’t fare much better, tallying only three total hits. Cougars freshman starter Riley Roskopf pitched inspired ball, allowing two hits, striking out eight and walking three in 5-2/3 innings, for the no-decision.
Reliever Jayden Torres suffered the tough-luck loss, surrendering one run on one hit, walking one, in two-thirds of an inning.
Chino Valley finished the 2019 season with a 9-10 record in power-point games. Odyssey Institute improved to 11-8.
Odyssey Institute enters the 3A state tournament with the No. 13 seed and will take on fourth-seeded Sahuarita in the first round at 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 3, at Surprise Baseball Complex.
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