Miners play close games in tournament

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San Manuel Varsity Baseball Team 2014. Photo Courtesy San Manuel High School

San Manuel Miner

After winning their first two games of the season by a combined score of 46 – 0, the Miners’ baseball team played some closer games in the Joe S. Padilla Baseball Tournament last week. The Miners went 1 – 2 in the three tournament games with all of the contests decided by 3 runs or less.

San Manuel dropped its first two games to Coolidge (4 – 1) and Fountain Hills (5 – 2) before picking up the 1-run victory over Apache Junction, 2 – 1.

Early season tournament games provide an opportunity for coaches to try players in different positions and learn more about their team as the regular season approaches. Results from tournaments, such as the Joe S. Padilla Tournament last weekend, do not count in the power point rankings. The experience gained by the players in these games is more valuable than the results.

After a game versus Hayden on March 11, the Miners will enjoy a short break and return to action on March 17 versus Tombstone (2 p.m.) and March 18 at Hayden (4 p.m.).

Andy Luberda (917 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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