It’s on to the state tournament for the Parker Broncs’ baseball team. With an 11-1 win over the Sedona Red Rock Scorpions April 30 in Parker, the Parker Broncs won their 2A play-in game and have advanced to the Arizona Interscholastic Association 2A state tournament. As of Wednesday afternoon, it looked like they will be playing the Alchesay Falcons Friday, May 3 at the Goodyear Baseball Complex.
The Broncs, the regular season champions of the 2A West are ranked No. 11 in the state. To qualify for the state tournament, they had to win a “play in” with Sedona, the No. 22 team in the state. The rankings are determined by AIA “power points” system.
In the game against Sedona, the Broncs got on the board in the first inning while Kyle Dyer walked and stole second base. Richie Archuleta doubled to score Dyer. The Broncs added another in the second while Fabian Lamas, who was the courtesy runner for catcher Taylor Heredia-Aspa, scored on a double from Danny Durham.
Ahead 2-1, the Broncs really broke things open with six runs in the bottom of the third inning. One of the big blows was a two-RBI double from Steven Lucas. A throwing error on what would have been the final out of the inning saw Carlos Torres safe at first and Lucas and Archuleta scoring. Another error and a bunt single were followed by a two-run double by Estie Andrade.
Three hits and a Sedona error led to three more Bronc runs in the bottom of the fourth. One of those hits was a high infield pop-up by Dyer that somehow became a double. Dyer advanced to third pm a single from Lucas, and then scored on an error from a botched pick-off attempt. Archuleta singled and scored on a passed ball to Taylor Heredia-Aspa. Lucas scored on a play where Durham hit into a fielder’s choice.
The Broncs held off the Scorpions in the top of the fifth inning, and the game was called after the 10-run mercy rule was invoked.
Archuleta started the game and got the win for the Broncs. Torres pitched the last two innings to close things out.
After the game, Coach Harley Hazel praised the players for their performance. He said they played together and like a family. He said they made some mistakes in the beginning, but they didn’t let those get them down. They came right back and played great. He praised pitchers Archuleta and Torres, and also praised Durham.
Hazel said Durham hadn’t played much this year, but his enthusiasm and performance in recent practices convinced Hazel to start him in the Sedona game. He said Durham had a great game.
Hazel told the Broncs that the other teams in the 2A tournament have no idea what to expect of the Broncs.
“They have no idea what’s coming,” he said. “No idea at all.”
The Alchesay Falcons are rated No. 6 in the state. They were 6-1 in the 2A North, and placed second. The champions of the 2A North, the St. Johns Redskins, were 7-0 against their region rivals, but are ranked No. 8 in the state.
The Falcons are 11-1 against other 2A teams and 15-3 overall. They have not played any teams that also played the Broncs this season. In their last game of the regular season, they defeated the Many Farms Lobos, 20-7.