Panthers above .500 with two wins

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Superior Sun

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 (1024 Posts)

Andrew Luberda began writing for Copper Area News Publishers (CANP) in February 2013 after working 15 years in Healthcare Financial Management. Andy covers sports for 11 high schools. His stories are published in Copper Basin News, San Manuel Miner and Superior Sun, in addition to the San Tan Valley Daily PRSS and CopperArea websites. Additionally, he has written human interest stories and business profiles. In May 2012, he earned an AAS in Sports Management at Central Arizona College before graduating with a BS in Communication from Arizona State University in 2014. He and his wife, Kelli, have three sons – AJ, Kyle, and Kade.


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