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At 26-1, Tucson Tanque Verde is more than ready for the postseason. The only blemish on their record came against Payson (28-1) in the championship game of the Gracie Haught Classic in March. That game was a 1-0 pitching duel with Payson winning in extra innings.
Payson is the top-ranked team in Division III and Tanque Verde is ranked second. The Hawks know a rematch in the state playoffs is possible if they can remain unbeaten and they took another step with a 16-8 victory over D-IV power Tucson Desert Christian on Thursday.
Coincidentally, Payson’s only loss came against Vail Empire at the Wrangler Classic in early March. Empire (23-5) is set to take on Tanque Verde on Tuesday night for what might be the Section III championship…
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Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014 and has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. His own children have won multiple state high school championships and were named to all-state teams. Competing in hockey, basketball, baseball and track & field in high school, his unique perspective can only be found here, on AZPreps365.com and on the pages of the Vail Voice and the Tanque Verde Voice. Contact Andy Morales at AMoralesMyTucson@yahoo.com