4/25/2013 12:03:00 AM Diamond duels on deck: Local teams get ready for state tourneys
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Chino Valley’s Branden Redfern, above, and Emily Zembik of Prescott High are among the local ballplayers who are likely to compete in state tournament play beginning this weekend.
The Daily Courier
The Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) on Wednesday confirmed that it will announce the final power-point rankings and pairings for the 2013 high school varsity state baseball and softball tournaments at 2:30 p.m. today.
However, we already have a pretty good feel for which Yavapai County teams should qualify for the postseason.
On the baseball side, as of late Wednesday, Division 2 No. 22-ranked Bradshaw Mountain (13-5 power-point record), D-3 No. 11 Chino Valley (14-4), D-3 No. 6 Mingus Union (12-5), D-3 No. 24 Camp Verde (7-10) and D-4 No. 22 Bagdad (7-9) were all in the mix to make the 24-team tourney fields in their respective divisions.
On Wednesday, Chino Valley (19-8 overall) finished the regular season on a high note, winning its eighth straight game by coming from behind with two outs in the bottom of the seventh to edge Bullhead City Mohave, 4-3, at home.
Cougars pitcher Branden Redfern earned a complete-game victory, allowing three runs on three hits while striking out seven and walking five.
But he was also the hero at the plate. With Chino trailing 3-2 in the seventh, Redfern belted a two-out, two-run double to left centerfield that handed his club the walk-off win.
On the softball side, as of late Wednesday, D-2 No. 18 Prescott (13-5), D-3 No. 6 Mingus Union (13-4), D-3 No. 21 Camp Verde (8-9) and D-3 No. 24 Sedona Red Rock (7-10) remained in the fold to qualify for the 24-team tournament fields in their respective divisions.
D-3 No. 25 Chino Valley (10-8) stayed on the outside looking in and appeared to be a question mark heading into today's bracket selections.
As for the state baseball tournaments, the D-2 tourney gets under way this Saturday, while the D-3 and D-4 tourneys begin next Tuesday.
For the state softball tournaments, the D-2 tourney starts on Saturday, while the D-3 tourney commences on May 2.
To watch the AIA's state baseball and softball tournament bracket pairings show live this afternoon, log on to www.aia365.com/videos/1322/baseball-softball-brackets-show.