4A baseball, softball tourneys go double elimination

Krista Earl pitches in the 4A state tournament last year at Tucson Salpointe Catholic. The AIA voted to make the 4A baseball and softball tournaments double elimination. (VVN/James Kelley)

Krista Earl pitches in the 4A state tournament last year at Tucson Salpointe Catholic. The AIA voted to make the 4A baseball and softball tournaments double elimination. (VVN/James Kelley)

The 4A baseball and softball tournaments just got a little less perilous.

AIA Executive Board approved a double elimination format for the 4A baseball and softball tournaments like the 6A and 5A.

“That’s the way it should have been forever,” said Mingus head baseball coach Tim McKeever Jr. “You can ride one hot kid and kinda go through. There’s just too many teams, too much talent not to put it in to double elimination. We’re looking forward to it.”

In 2017 the 4A tournament was simply first round, quarterfinals, semifinals and final.

The tournament won’t be completely double elimination though. The first round will be single elimination before the tournament becomes double.

“I’m good with that,” McKeever said. “Once you get further in it needs to be double elimination. I’m fine with it, because if you barely limped in to the playoffs then you don’t deserve to be there, so if you can’t win that first game, then you don’t deserve to be there I’m excited about it, I think it’s going to be good for everybody.”

Last year in baseball in 6A and 5A, the first round was hosted by the higher seeds, then the later rounds were at spring training sites. In softball, the 6A/5A first and second rounds were hosted by the higher seeds and then the later rounds were at Rose Mofford Softball Complex with final at ASU.

In 2017 the Mingus Union baseball team lost in the first round of the state tournament at Phoenix Thunderbird and the softball team fell in the opening round at Tucson Salpointe Catholic.

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