The 11th-seeded Superior baseball team shutout 22nd-seeded San Carlos in the first round of the playoffs last weekend, 10 – 0. Unfortunately, the Panthers fell in the next round with a 9 – 5 loss to 6th-seeded Ray.
Austin Navarrette, Ricky Longoria, and Jesse Lopez each had two hits for the Panthers in the win versus the Braves. Navarrette also had three RBI in the game.
Longoria, a junior, pitched a complete game shutout to earn the victory. He allowed one hit and one walk in five innings pitched. He struck out 12 Braves’ hitters.
The Panthers finished with a record of 11 – 9, including 7 – 7 in sectional play.
Senior Cesar Villalobos and Daniel Ramirez are the only players who won’t return next year. A total of 12 freshmen and sophomores could return next year. The playoffs experience of this season is certain to pay dividends in the future.