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Mogollon needs extras to dethrone Bagdad baseball as 1A champs
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TEMPE — The top-seeded and defending 1A state champion Bagdad baseball team claimed state runner-up honors on Monday, May 13, falling, 6-2, in 11 innings to second-seeded Mogollon in the 2019 title game at Diablo Stadium.

Bagdad finished its spring season with a 17-3 record in power-point games, while Mogollon of Heber concluded its campaign with a 16-2 mark. The Mustangs, who bowed out of the first round of the state tournament in 2018 to eventual state runner-up Superior, captured their first state title since 2006.

Mogollon ended its spring having won 13 straight power-point games. The Mustangs outscored their opponents by a combined 37-7 in their four state tournament playoff contests.

Bagdad, which had won eight in a row in power-point games going into Monday, was held to two or fewer runs only three times this season.

On Monday, Mogollon coach Reed Porter’s son, Timmy, pitched 5-2/3 innings in relief to help the Mustangs garner the crown. He escaped jams with runners in scoring position in the sixth, seventh, ninth and 10th innings.

Tied 2-2 after the seventh inning, the game stayed knotted until the top of the 11th, when Mogollon plated four runs on two hit batsmen, a passed ball, a walk and two singles.

“You just have to trust your defense,” Timmy told’s Jose Garcia afterward. “We just have to throw strikes as pitchers. We just had a different mindset this year. We just said we were going to win it.”

However, Bagdad freshman starting pitcher Connor Watson threw well, too, registering nine strikeouts in 6-2/3 innings.

Trailing 2-1 in the sixth, the Sultans had the bases loaded with two outs. Timmy entered the game at that point and walked in the tying run to make it 2-2, but he escaped the inning without any more damage.

Bagdad opened the contest with an RBI single from Kaylab Owings, who drove in Watson from second.

Up 1-0 with two outs in the top of the second inning, Mogollon tied it on a high fly ball that dropped in right field after the Sultans’ fielder lost it in the sun. The score remained 1-1 until there were two outs in the fifth inning and Bagdad misplayed a single to right on a hit-and-run play, making it 2-1 Mogollon.

Jose Garcia of contributed some quotes and information for this story. Doug Cook is a reporter for The Daily Courier. Follow him on Twitter at @dougout_dc. Email him at or call 928-445-3333, ext. 2039.

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