TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Fernando Mungaray says he's never seen the double by Edgar Martinez that vaulted Seattle Mariners into the 1995 American League Championship series.
He doesn't need to see it. He lived it.
Mungarary belted an Ernesto Romero pitch into the leftfield corner allowing Joseph Dicochea to channel his inner Ken Griffey Jr. and score all the way from first base to give the Badgers a thrilling 4-3 10-inning win over Salpointe Catholic, sending Tucson High to their first state championship game since 2002.
The Badgers lost their title shot 13 years ago to Canyon del Oro and will face the Dorados for a fourth time this season on Tuesday afternoon at Tempe's Diablo Stadium for the Division II championship.
The two teams split their regular season meetings and CDO beat Tucson this past Thursday night to advance to the championship game.
Saturday night's elimination battle featured more drama and big-time performances than you might find in any one high school season, let alone one game.
Lancers starting pitcher Donny Sands struck out ten in as gutsy a performance as you'll ever see. He recorded strikeouts with the bases loaded in both the 7th and 9th innings to keep Salpointe Catholic's title hopes alive.
Badgers reliever Miguel Figueroa was equally up to the task. The Tucson senior struck out the side in the top of the 7th after the Lancers had put runners on second and third.
Then in the 9th with runners at second and third again, Figueroa dispatched of Salpointe's Antonio Silva on strikes to end the threat.
The Badgers have won a national-record 29 state championship in high school baseball but will be looking for their first since 1988 when the take the field on Tuesday.