Alhambra Lions, Division III 2016 Baseball State Champions
Posted by Community Relations at 5/25/2016
Congratulations to the Alhambra Lions, Division III Baseball State Champions. The Lions won their first-ever baseball title, May 14, beating San Luis, 3-2, at Surprise Stadium. It was the first baseball championship for a Phoenix Union school since 1977. Aldo Fernandez pitched a complete game in the finale, working out of a jam in the final inning, when San Luis put two runners on, with one out. The Lions scored three runs in the 5th inning, thanks to two two-base errors to erase a 1-0 deficit.
Fernandez also got the final three outs in the semifinal game, May 13, to hold off Mingus Union, 8-7. Jesus Aldaz pitched a masterful game as Alhambra built a 7-2 lead into the fifth inning. But the Marauders scored three in the sixth, and were down 8-7 when centerfielder Javier Hernandez made two catches in centerfield, one that was a dramatic over-the-shoulder grab. Fernandez also drove in what proved to be the winning 8th run in the bottom of the 6th.
Coach Christopher Hoth’s squad came into the tournament as the #1 seed, and won five games, including four one-run contests. Alhambra finishes with an overall record of 27-4-1. It was the Lions fourth time in a championship game, but they were runners-up in 1969, 73 and 75. Forty-one years later, Alhambra Baseball is Number One.