By Sam Conner
The Winslow Bulldogs ended the baseball season with a tough 2-0 loss to the Rio Rico Hawks in Surprise last Saturday. The loss ended the young Bulldogs season with a 14-13-1 record and broke a five-game winning streak. Rio Rico advanced in the state tournament to play top seeded Northwest Christian today (May 8).
Rio Rico scored in the second inning on a single by Sebastian Robles, who was cut down at the plate, and a triple by Sean Fanning, who scored on a single by Daniel Quijada. They got a second run in the third inning on singles by Mike Escobar and Jorge Olivarria.
Olivarria pitched for Rio Rico and worked an excellent game, giving up only three hits and two walks. Winslow did not get a runner past second base.
Kuster Kinlicheenie took the loss despite pitching well. He worked the full seven innings, giving up two runs on eight hits and a walk while fanning three Hawks.
Rio Rico relied on good pitching to secure the victory.
Winslow only had three hits and two walks. Blane Foster was 1 for 2, while Darrien Brown and Nick Marquez were both 1 for 3.
Coach Art Griffith said after the game that the Bulldogs had done well this season, especially for a young, inexperienced team. He noted that Rio Rico was a good team and had some excellent defensive plays behind Olivarria, and that it was an excellent ball game.