TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Tucson High took another step Friday night toward adding to their national record for high school baseball state championships.
The top-seed Badgers behind stellar pitching from Trevelle Hill and Miguel Figueroa beat Sunnyside 4-2 at Amphi High School to advance to the Division II winner's bracket final on Thursday.
Figueroa and Kyle Rivera both had two-run singles to pace the Tucson offense.
The Badgers have won 29 state championships but none under current head coach Oscar Romero who has piloted the program for 25 seasons.
Tucson's last title came in 1988. The Badgers were last in the title game in 2002 when they fell to their next opponent Canyon del Oro.
The Dorados won a shootout over Salpointe Catholic 16-15 in the opener at Amphi.
Nick Ames hit a grand slam for CDO as the two teams combined for 15 runs in the first two innings.
But the game turned in the 3rd on a wild streak by Lancers senior lefty Ernesto Romero.
After the Dorados loaded the bases, Romero proceeded to hit three batters and walk another to force in four runs.
The game flipped from an 8-7 Salpointe Catholic lead to a 13-8 Canyon del Oro advantage as Gabriel Benavides added a two-run single in the six-run inning.
CDO never trailed after that although the game got tight as the Lancers chipped away and had the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh.
The Dorados Erick Migueles struck out Adrian Martinez to end the game.
Martinez did not agree with the call slamming his bat to the ground. He was ejected and will likely have to sit out the Lancers next game which will be in the loser's bracket against the winner of Saturday's Mingus Union-Sunrise Mountain elimination game.
Saturday's schedule also includes a win-or-go-home game between Greenway and Catalina Foothills. The winner of that matchup will play Sunnyside on Monday.
The winner of Thursday's game between Tucson and CDO advances to the state championship game at Tempe Diablo Stadium on Tuesday May 19.