Walker, Falcons win first-round playoff game

Alchesay junior Elisha Walker struck out seven Parker batters during a 5-2, first-round win at Goodyear Baseball Complex on May 3.

The Alchesay High School baseball team went to the Arizona Interscholastic Association’s Division 2A state playoffs as the No. 6 seed and had another good postseason showing under head coach Ray Acosta.

The Falcons won their first game of the tournament, a 5-2 win against No. 11 Parker in the first round at Goodyear Baseball Complex on Feb. 3.

Bisbee defeated Alchesay 7-0 in the second round on Feb. 4 and the Falcons finished the season with 19 wins and 9 losses.

Alchesay tied the score at 1-1 with a run in the bottom of the first, then scored two runs in the second and one in the fourth to take a 4-1 lead on Parker. The Broncs tacked on a run in the fifth but were held scoreless in the final two innings.

The Falcons out-hit the Broncs 9-5. Alchesay senior Tyreck Cosay was 4-for-4 with a double and drove in two runs to lead the Falcons. Eli Thompson, a junior, was 2-for-3 with a double. Juniors Elisha Walker (1-for-3, double, base on balls), Ryan Quintero (1-for-2, double) and sophomore Trent Sprengeler each had an RBI.

Walker scattered five Parker hits over seven innings, gave up two earned runs, walked a batter and hit one, and struck out seven Broncs for the win.

The Falcons’ second-round game against No. 3 Bisbee was scoreless until the fourth inning. The Pumas got nine hits in the win. Bisbee senior Eduardo Vasquez allowed five Falcon hits over seven scoreless innings. He notched 13 strikeouts.

No. 10 Morenci, coming off a 3-2 win against No. 2 Phoenix Christian six days earlier, defeated Bisbee 3-2 in the semifinals on May 10, then lost to top-seeded Scottsdale Christian, 3-2 in the final. Vasquez was selected as the Division 2A Player of the Year at the end of the season.

Alchesay’s leading stat leaders this season included a freshman, Braydon Cosay, who led the team in batting average (.620) and 44 hits. The frosh was second on the team in RBI with 21.

Cosay, the 2A North Offensive Player of the Year, closed out a stellar high school athletic career by tying for second on the team with a .538 batting average and 35 hits and he lead the team with 17 stolen bases.

Walker, who batted .461and also had 35 hits, finished with a team-high 23 runs batted in. Sprengeler (.433 average) was fourth on the team with 29 hits and tied for second with 21 RBI.

Quintero notched five wins in 11 appearances on the mound and he led the pitching staff with a 2.90 earned run average. Quintero and Walker (4.87 ERA, 11 appearances) struck out 74 batters combined.

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Andy Staten is the sports editor of the White Mountain Independent.

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