High school baseball state playoffs: Nuñez delivers in clutch for Sunnyside

2013-04-28T00:00:00Z High school baseball state playoffs: Nuñez delivers in clutch for SunnysideArizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
April 28, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Sunnyside junior Lazaro Nuñez had come through with two clutch hits already.

So when he came to the plate in bottom of the seventh inning Saturday with the bases loaded and two outs, there was a feeling in the air that he would do it again.

Blue Devils coach Gabriel Moraga wasn't surprised at all when he did.

Nuñez blooped a walk-off single into right field to give No. 15 Sunnyside a 7-6 win over visiting Sierra Vista Buena in the Division I state baseball tournament first round.

"It was pretty nerve-racking, but I just wanted to stay cool," Nuñez said. "Even if I didn't get the hit, we had defense next and we would have clutched up again."

The Blue Devils (18-10-1) advance to face second-seeded Tucson on Tuesday.

Buena (19-11) scored five runs in the third inning with a pair of home runs, including a three-run shot by Matthew Duce. But the Colts, in the playoffs for the first time since 2003, were held to one run outside that inning.

Nuñez went 3 for 4 with four RBIs, including an RBI double in the fourth and a two-run single in the sixth that put the Blue Devils ahead 6-5.

"Luckily we just had timely hitting and the right kid at the plate each time," Moraga said. "That kid will battle for us."

• No. 17 Cienega 3, No. 16 Scottsdale Horizon 1: At Horizon, senior ace Jake Repavich went the distance and struck out eight as the Bobcats advanced.

Cienega (16-14) will play at top-seeded Scottsdale Desert Mountain on Tuesday.

• No. 14 Phoenix Mountain Pointe 9, No. 19 Mountain View 5: At Mountain Pointe, the Mountain Lions were eliminated from the state tournament with their sixth loss in seven games.

Division II

• No. 13 Catalina Foothills 6, No. 20 Bullhead City Mohave 3: At Foothills, senior Trevor Griffin pitched 4 2/3 innings for the win and junior Luis Gonzalez struck out four of the last seven batters for the save as the Falcons advanced.

Gonzalez also went 2 for 3 with two RBIs. Foothills (18-9-1) will face No. 4 Sahuaro on Tuesday.

• No. 10 Nogales 9, No. 23 Flagstaff 0: At Nogales, the Apaches scored five runs in the first two innings, and senior captain Gabriel Mada hit three doubles.

The Apaches (17-8) will travel to No. 7 Flagstaff Coconino next.

• No. 16 Canyon del Oro 8, No. 17 Glendale Kellis 5: At CDO, the Dorados scored four runs in the sixth inning and never looked back. Sophomore Erick Migueles hit a three-run double and scored one batter later on an RBI single by senior captain Ryan Bronson.

The Dorados (21-8) will face top-seeded Chandler Seton Catholic in Tuesday's second round.

• No. 11 Phoenix Arcadia 11, No. 22 Douglas 1: At Arcadia, the Bulldogs were eliminated after being held to one run for the first time since a 10-1 loss to Cienega on March 24.

• No. 9 Peoria Sunrise Mountain 4, No. 24 Sahuarita 2: At Sunrise Mountain, the higher seed scored three times in the sixth to beat Sahuarita.

Daniel Gaona

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