Prep Baseball Report

AIA 6A Championship Recap: Queen Creek vs. SD O'Connor

Shea Sbranti
Arizona Scouting Director

Queen Creek 7 vs O'Connor 6

In an unforgettable 6A state title game, the Queen Creek Bulldogs emerged victorious with a dramatic 7-6 walk-off win over the SD O'Connor Eagles, thanks to outfielder Tait Reynolds' game-winning single in the bottom of the 10th inning. The late-night thriller was a rollercoaster of emotions, with both teams delivering standout performances.

The game began with the Eagles seizing the momentum early, scoring five quick runs in the first two innings. SD O'Connor's Hustyn Wheeler was a key contributor, driving in two runs with a triple in the top of the second inning. The Bulldogs, however, quickly responded with resilience and determination.

In the bottom of the second and third innings, Queen Creek rallied to tie the game at 6-6. The highlight of this comeback was a game-tying home run by catcher Manny Hoyos in the bottom of the third inning. Hoyos not only shone at the plate but also displayed exceptional defensive skills. His crucial throw from his knees to catch a runner stealing in the later innings proved to be a pivotal moment, halting the Eagles' momentum.


After the early scoring frenzy, the game turned into a pitching duel, with both teams showcasing their defensive prowess. Neither team managed to score from the fourth inning onwards, as the tension mounted with each passing inning. The Bulldogs' pitchers and fielders held firm, matching the Eagles' efforts inning for inning.

As the game entered extra innings, the anticipation grew, setting the stage for a dramatic conclusion. In the bottom of the 10th inning, with the game on the line, Tait Reynolds stepped up to the plate. With ice in his veins, Reynolds delivered a clutch single, driving in the winning run and sealing the 7-6 victory for Queen Creek.


The 6A state title game will be remembered as a classic, a testament to the competitive spirit of high school baseball. Both teams demonstrated why they were the last standing, but it was Queen Creek who ultimately prevailed, etching their names in state championship history with a thrilling walk-off victory.


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