In a battle of undefeated teams, the Rio Rico Juniors topped the Southeast Diamondbacks Monday night 12-11 in Sierra Vista.
The 4-0 Juniors were then slated to play Paradise Valley North, which had one loss, in a possible title game last night after Nogales International press time at Arbenz Field in Sierra Vista. An if-game is also planned for today, if needed in the double elimination tourney.
For a story and photos of that game, see Tuesday’s Nogales International.
As for Monday’s game, Sammy Legleu hit a walk-off single down the middle with the bases loaded and one out in extra innings to keep Rio Rico perfect in a game that manager Trini Lopez called “a very intense game from start to finish.”
Oscar Lechuga was the starting pitcher in the affair. He allowed five earned runs on eight hits, a walk and 4 strikeouts for a no-decision.
Brian Garcia, who allowed three runs, three hits, a walk and two strikeouts, relieved Lechuga.
Cesar Dominguez then came in to stop the bleeding, pitching two scoreless innings—the seventh and eighth—striking out the side in the last frame. He threw four total Ks to the eight batters he faced.
Rio Rico loaded the bases in the final inning with nobody out, led by a leadoff double to left-center field by Ralph Padilla.
That set up the deciding hit by Legleu, who went 3-for-4 with four RBI on the day.
Michael Escobar also went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a walk; Sean Fanning 2-for-3 with two triples, an RBI and two walks; Padilla 2-for-3 with a single, a double and an RBI.
The Rio Rico Majors lost to Santa Rita 6-0 Monday night and were eliminated from the state tournament in Gilbert.
“We just didn’t bat (Monday) night,” Rio Rico skipper Ruben Martinez said, “but we will be back next year. Overall, it was a good year.”