The Tucson Saguaros are Pecos League champions.
Jesse Baker scored the winning run on a wild pitch in the ninth inning, capping a four-run rally, and the first-year team defeated the Trinidad Triggers 5-4 Thursday night at Kino Stadium. (The game ended well past the Star's print deadline.)
The best-of-three series win helped the Saguaros set a league record for most wins in a full season, plus playoffs (55) and tied the record for fewest losses (15) in a season. For the second time in as many nights, the Saguaros had to rally to pull off the victory.
Michael Rampone led off the ninth inning with a single, and advanced to third after Ryan Retz was hit by a pitch and Jimmy Heck reached on an error on Trinidad's left fielder. Jesse Baker ripped an RBI single and Adam Urbania walked to drive home a run, cutting Trinidad's lead to 4-3.
Tanner Giesel then tied the game with a sacrifice fly to center field. With one out and the winning run on third base, manager JD Droddy called Thomas McKenna to pinch hit. McKenna drew a walk, but the ball-four pitch was wild. Baker raced in from third base to give the Saguaros the win — and the Pecos League title.
The Saguaros join two other Tucson minor-league teams to win championships: The Triple-A Tucson Toros won the Pacific Coast League in 1991 and 1993, and the Sidewinders won both the Pacific Coast League and Triple-A Championship in 2006.