Bearcats’ season ends after extra innings loss in playoffs

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The 6th-seeded Ray baseball team saw its season come to end after an eight-inning loss to 3rd-seeded San Manuel last Saturday, 4 – 3.

The Bearcats advanced to the quarterfinals versus San Manuel after defeating 11th-seeded Superior last Friday, 9 – 5.

The ‘Cats finished the season with a record of 21 – 8, including 11 – 4 in sectional play. They finished third, behind San Manuel and Miami, in Section VI. The 21 wins are the most in a season over the last 10 years.

Despite the disappointment of their season ending, the Bearcats have to be optimistic about the future. Multi-sport athlete Dominic Bravo is the only senior on this year’s roster. The ‘Cats will return eight juniors to next year’s team. There’s no doubt that the loss of Bravo will leave a big hole to fill, but there’s enough talent returning to make up for it.

Andy Luberda (750 Posts)

Andy Luberda began writing for Copper Area News Publishers (CANP) in February 2013 after working15 years in Healthcare Financial Management. Andy covers sports for eight high schools. His stories are published in the Southeast Valley Ledger, Copper Basin News, San Manuel Miner and Superior Sun. Additionally, he has written human interest stories and business profiles. In May 2012, he earned an AAS in Sports Management at Central Arizona College. Andy is currently earning a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from ASU’s Hugh Downs School of Communication. Andy is scheduled to complete his degree December 2014. He was born and raised in Des Plaines, Ill. In 1992, he relocated to Arizona. After a short return to Des Plaines in 1997, he returned to the Phoenix area two years later. He and his wife, Kelli, have three sons – AJ, Kyle, and Kade.


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