Panthers above .500 with two wins

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The Superior baseball team defeated Hayden (3 – 2) and Ft. Thomas (12 – 1) last week to move above .500 on the season with a record of 6 – 5. It’s the second time this season the Panthers are above .500, the last time being when they were 4 – 3.

In the win over Ft. Thomas, the Panthers pounded out 13 hits, including two each from Nicholas Cruz, Cesar Villalobos, Rickey Longoria, Edgar Galindo, and Elias Olmos. Longoria hit two of the Panthers five doubles in the game. In addition to Longoria, Cesar Villalobos, Matthew Zavala, and Edgar Galindo also doubled.

Longoria earned a complete-game victory by going six innings and allowing one earned run on three hits. He allowed two walks and struck out 12.

The Panthers were successful 9 out of 10 in stolen bases against the Apaches.

Upcoming schedule: The Panthers are off until April 16 when they host San Manuel. The game is scheduled to start at 2:00 p.m.

Andy Luberda (289 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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