Vandals meet Morenci for first place in 2A East

David Sowders/Arizona Silver Belt Miami pitcher Ryan Powell winds up for another throw in last Tuesday’s game with the Morenci Wildcats.

On their way to unbeaten records in Conference 2A East, the 6-0 Miami Vandals and 7-1 Morenci Wildcats racked up more than 90 runs apiece – but when they met last Tuesday at Miami High School, with first place on the line, high scoring made way for a display of pitching and fielding.

The Vandals entered Tuesday’s contest at 3-0 in section games, and 3-0 would be the final score in their win over the 4-0 Wildcats.

Miami pitcher Ryan Powell went all seven innings, giving up only two hits and striking out 12 batters. On the other side, Morenci’s pitchers and fielders – starting pitcher Daylen Johnson played into the fifth inning before being relieved – held the usually high-scoring Vandals to just five hits. However, Miami was able to score early with runs in the first two innings by Gabe Escobedo, Andre Hayes and Tanner Peery – and those runs provided the final margin of victory.

The Vandals now stand alone atop 2A East at 4-0. Their next section game, at home against Round Valley (0-4 in section play), will be on Tuesday, April 20.

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