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Neal K’s 17 Lobos: MALC routs Hayden 9-1 in first round

May 6, 2019

BULLHEAD CITY — It was one whiff after another.

Junior right-handed hurler Zach Neal tossed a one-hitter during the No. 9-seeded Mohave Accelerated Learning Center Patriots’ 9-1 victory over the Hayden High School Lobos during the first round of the 2019 Arizona Interscholastic Association Baseball 1A State Championship at the Goodyear Baseball Complex on Friday evening.

Neal struck out 17 and walked three in seven innings to earn the complete-game victory.

The No. 8-seeded Lobos recorded their lone hit in the top of the sixth inning.

“It was fun to watch; that’s for sure,” said Patriots assistant coach Scott Neal by text message. “(His) fastball was in the mid-80s, with control.

“He walked three, but on breaking pitches early in the game.

“(Zach) settled down and located his fastball and slider late.”

Scott Neal said the MALC junior pitcher struck out the last three Lobo hitters in the seventh inning and changed speeds well, which helped him keep the Lobos off balance.

MALC head coach Ray Dimick said by text message that his ace was “dominating.”

Neal helped his cause at the plate.

The right-handed slugger doubled twice, singled, walked twice, knocked in three runs and scored once in three at-bats to lead MALC’s offense.

Junior Frank Vestal singled, had an RBI and scored twice in five at-bats; and freshman Joey Evans and junior David Huddleston each went 1-for-3 and scored one run for the Patriots.

BAGDAD ENDS MALC’S SEASON

The No. 1-seeded Bagdad High School Sultans walloped the Patriots 19-0 during the second round Saturday at the same venue.