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Badgers take a step closer to an elusive state baseball title

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

In what might have been the last postseason high school baseball game between Tucson and Canyon del Oro for awhile, the Badgers left a lasting impression.

THMS beat the Dorados 8-2 to advance to the Division II state baseball elimination final on Saturday.

#9 seed Tucson (21-9) will face 10th-seeded Ironwood Ridge in a 4 p.m. game that is currently scheduled to be played at the Milwaukee Brewers Spring Training Complex in Maryvale but will in all likelihood be moved back to Tucson.

The winner of the Badgers-Nighthawks affair gets a date in the state championship on Tuesday against Greenway.

The Demons beat Ironwood Ridge 5-2 Thursday night to advance to their second state championship game in three seasons. Greenway walked away with the title in 2014, beating Nogales 8-0.

Tucson High entered Thursday night’s elimination game having lost their last three meetings with CDO (24-9) in the postseason, including a 3-1 setback in last May’s Division II state championship.

Sophomore George Arias pitched six strong innings and drove in three runs for the Badgers who are trying to win their first state championship since 1988.

THMS down 2-1, scored three times in the sixth and added four more in the seventh to end the Dorados run for a ninth state title.

The Badgers are playing their final season in Division II. When the latest realignment goes into effect next school year, Tucson High, due to it's high enrollment, will be in what is now being classified as the 6A Division.

The Badgers along with Sunnyside and Rincon-University will be the only Southern Arizona teams in the state's biggest division. All three appealed last October for placement a level down in the 5A Division, that will house most of Tucson's bigger schools, but all three appeals were denied by the AIA.

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