Fourth-ranked Miners top Bearcats

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Anthony Garcia pitches during a game with San Carlos. M. Schofield | SMHS

A San Manuel batter waits for the pitch from the Bearcats. James Carnes | Miner

Shane Kelley hits the ball. M.Schofield | SMHS

San Manuel Miner

The fourth-ranked San Manuel baseball team traveled to Ray last Friday for a sectional game versus the sixth-ranked Bearcats. The Miners defeated the ‘Cats, 12 – 8.

Both teams entered the game ranked, or “seeded,” in the top 10 in the first release of the state seedings by the AIA.

Both the Miners and the Bearcats have state championship aspirations and this game provided the teams the opportunity to measure up against, what could be, their stiffest competition .

The teams will meet again on April 29, 2014, at San Manuel. That game is scheduled to begin at 2:00 p.m.

Upcoming schedule: Apr. 11 vs. Pima and Apr. 16 @ Superior. Both games begin at 2:00 p.m.

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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