TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - I've only been watching high school sports here in Tucson for four years but the state playoff baseball game between Salpointe Catholic and Tucson High on Saturday night May 16 was not only the best prep baseball game I've witnessed here, I'd have to say it might be the top prep event I've covered over that period of time.
10 innings of back forth between two great teams that was much like a championship boxing match.
Tucson's Trevelle Hill matching the Lancers Donny Sands pitch-for-pitch during the early stages of the game.
Hill than gave way to Miguel Figueroa who found away to escape a bases loaded jam in the top of the seventh with three straight strikeouts.
Tucson loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh only to see Sands return the favor striking out the final two hitters to force extra innings.
The Salpointe-righty then capped his fantastic 166-pitch performance by wiggling his way out of another bases loaded jam in the 8th.
He punctuated the outing with his 10th and final strikeout.
The Badgers would go on to win the game in the 10th on an RBI double by Fernando Mungaray but it was the gutsy performance by Sands that stands out the most. How he literally put the Lancers on his back and all but carried them just shy of the finish line.
I finally got a chance to catch up with the New Mexico-bound dual-threat player this week to ask him about that phenomenal performance.
A performance get this that he turned in on his 18th birthday.