Badgers fall short against rival Mingus boys tennis 5-4

Mingus’ Pedro Cremasco reaches out for a return shot as the Marauders take on the Prescott Badgers in tennis Wednesday in Prescott. (Les Stukenberg/Courier)

Mingus’ Pedro Cremasco reaches out for a return shot as the Marauders take on the Prescott Badgers in tennis Wednesday in Prescott. (Les Stukenberg/Courier)

PRESCOTT — Tied 4-4 with one doubles match to decide the day, No. 1 Mingus doubles team Pedro Cremasco and Brigham Peterson edged Prescott 9-7, giving the Marauders a 5-4 match victory over the Badgers on Wednesday afternoon.

Sam Stoecker, who beat Cremasco in singles play, 6-2, 4-6, 10-8, teamed with Prescott No. 2 singles player Julio Ortega in what head coach Sterling Fetty described as an “incredible” match.

“It was a great experience for our young team,” Fetty said. “It came down to Sam and Julio ultimately, but the other doubles finished a few minutes before and all were pretty good [matches].”

Prescott’s Chaz Schott and Jayden Nowlin won a tough No. 3 doubles match over Crue Taylor and Travis DiDonnal, 9-8, while Cutter Todd and Robert Denoffer took care of business in the No. 2 doubles match, 8-3.

In singles play, Ortega lost in a match tiebreaker to Valentine, 6-2, 4-6, 10-3, while Todd beat Peterson, 6-2, 6-2. In the No. 4 singles match, Taylor defeated Schott, 6-3, 6-0.

The Marauders went 4-2 in singles play Wednesday thanks largely to the No. 5 Jordan Finger and No. 6 DiDonnal. Finger beat Denoffer, 4-6, 6-2, 10-8, and DiDonnal beat Jayden Nowlin, 4-6, 6-4, 10-6.

Both tiebreaker sets were the difference in Mingus’ win Wednesday in Prescott.

“In quite a few of our matches we have made great comebacks in the three doubles, saving seven points to still win the match,” Fetty said. “[But] losing the third set tiebreakers at five and six singles hurt, but both of those players are fairly new.”

Brian M. Bergner Jr. is sports editor for The Daily Courier. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram at @SportsWriter52, or on Facebook at @SportsAboveTheFold. Email bbergner@prescottaz.com or call 928-445-3333, ext. 1106.

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