GLENDALE - Down 3-1 going into the seventh inning, No. 4 Sabino needed the top of its lineup to start a rally.
Leadoff batter Spencer Larson reached first after a pitch hit him, Nick Chapman singled to center and Ty Pennington advanced both with a sacrifice bunt.
With runners on second and third and one out in the semifinals of the 4A-I tournament, top-seeded Peoria Sunrise Mountain called on closer Aaron Bummer to finish the game. A passed ball brought the Sabercats to within one. But Bummer slammed the door shut with back-to-back strikeouts to earn him a save in the 3-2 win.
"That's a great pitcher out there," said Sabino coach Rod Allen. "He knew what he wanted to do. But we battled and created some opportunities. ... We were there, but we fell just a little bit short."
The Sabercats finish the season with a 23-8 mark.
Austin Byler gave Sunrise Mountain an early lead with a solo home run in the first. The Peoria team then tacked on one more in the fourth when Sabino pitcher Jeremy Timpf committed a balk, advancing Nick White home from third. Ben Skuro scored the Sabercats' first run in the sixth. With two outs, Kellen Marruffo ripped a shot at Sunrise Mountain's second baseman, who was unable to handle it, allowing Skuro to score.
The go-ahead run for the Mustangs came in thesixth when Tyler Crawford scored on a Steven Kane single, making the score 3-1.
"This was probably our best season in a long time. We lost to the No. 1 seed by one run. There's not much more you can ask for," said Timpf.
Sunrise Mountain will play Scottsdale Saguaro at Camelback Ranch today for the 4A-I title.
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