WILLCOX — No. 18 Willcox hosted No. 4 Thatcher in an important seeding game Thursday. After a two-inning pitchers’ duel, the Eagles started accruing two to four runs an inning up until their final out, winning, 15-1.
Willcox head coach Adrian Fuentes said, “This was our last regular-season game. We have our play-in game, I believe, against Round Valley, but with this game, it could be St. Augustine. It just depends on who we draw. We’re just going to go one game at a time now. To make it all the way, you have to go 1-0 five times from here on out, so you can’t play for the next game because next week could be our last.”
Thatcher squeezed in one run in the first off a single and two passed balls, and then making it home while Michael McBride got caught in a pickle. The Eagles were shut down in the second and fourt, but more than made up for it in the other four innings while holding Willcox to a solo homer in the sixth.
Thatcher head coach Seale said, “Every win is a big win for us. I never know what’s going to happen with our playoff chances, so today I’m pretty sure we’ll be sitting at number four going in. Willcox is always a good team. You can never let up on these guys. We’ve started to swing the bat a whole lot better than we did earlier in the season. If we can just keep it up . . .”
Willcox’s Eli Madrid pitched a complete game, striking out five, giving up 15 runs off 14 hits, hitting two and walking four.
Madrid also led offensively with two hits, including a solo homer. AJ Fuentes hit a triple and was left stranded.
Thatcher’s Javan Montoya pitched a complete game, striking out eight, giving up one run off three hits, hitting two and walking one.
Seven out of nine batters scored runs and made base hits for the Eagles. Treven Clark led offensively with four hits and five runs, getting walked once, and hit for a cycle. Jack Korsten scored three runs off two doubles.