Sal Valenzuela threw six innings of one-run baseball to lead the Nogales Apaches past the defending champion Desert Mountain Wolves 5-1 in the second round of the 5A Conference state championship tournament on Monday.

Valenzuela, a sophomore lefty, scattered six hits while striking out five batters and walking one. Saul Soto came on in relief in the seventh inning and set down the Wolves 1-2-3 to seal the victory.

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Sergio Valverde, left, is congratulated by Robert Gallego after Valverde scored the first Nogales run of the game on a hit by Luis Martin Romero.

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Robert Gallego tags out the sliding Desert Mountain runner at second to complete a strike-him-out, throw-him-out double play to end the top of the fourth inning.

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