Baseball: Salpointe wins after everything goes black

2012-03-16T00:00:00Z Baseball: Salpointe wins after everything goes blackDaniel Gaona Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
March 16, 2012 12:00 am  • 

Salpointe Catholic and Nogales went so deep into the night that the lights at the Reid Annex went out with two out in the top of the ninth.

Once they came back to life, the Lancers finished off the Apaches for a 12-9 win to advance to the semifinals of the Tucson Conquistadores Lancer Baseball Classic.

Salpointe will play Mountain View today after it rolled over Marana 13-0. The other semifinal of the 24-team tournament will be between Yucaipa, Calif., and Redlands, Calif.

Before the lights went off and the field went dark for a nearly 30-minute delay, Salpointe had already taken an 11-9 lead. But once the lights came back on, Michael Hoard drove an RBI double to dead center, bringing in Tyler Kimbrough from first.

The Lancers went up 9-8 in the top of the eighth inning when Ray Eastman slammed a ball deep to center field to score Hunter Miller from second. Miller got on base with double down the left field line.

Nogales quickly tied the game in the bottom of the inning. Gabriel Mada got to second on an error, and Ramses Camacho moved him to third on a sacrifice bunt.

Mada scored on a controversial call as Carlos Soto was called safe on a play at first on a grounder to second.

Earlier, Salpointe, already up, scored four runs with two outs in the top of the sixth to extend its lead to 8-3. The Lancers also scored two runs in the fifth with two outs.

Kevin Brice led off the sixth with a fly out, and Kimbrough struck out looking. Then Hoard got on base with a walk and Miller hit a line drive to center to put runners on first and second.

That set the stage for Eastman. He drilled a ball to dead center to bring in two runs and end up on third. When the return throw was off the mark he scored as well.

Ryan Penaflor followed that with a double to the right-center gap before Forest Chapman drove him in with a line drive to right.

The Apaches responded with five runs in the bottom half of the inning to tie the game.

SALPOINTE 12

NOGALES 9

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