Call it a character-check win. The Benson Bobcats scored three runs Thursday in their final at-bat to preserve a 5-4 Senior Day win over Tombstone.
It was a fitting end to a successful season for the seventh-ranked Bobcats. Benson ends the regular season at 17-9 overall and a 9-3 section record. and who now look ahead to the 2A state baseball championship tournament.
The Bobcats await results of Wednesday’s play-in games for completion of the 16-team tournament bracket. Should Benson’s No. 7 ranking hold, they would play a No. 10 seed at 4 p.m. on May 3 in Goodyear.
In their regular season finale, trailing by three after having surrendered a pair of first-inning runs, and single runs in the second and fourth innings, scored twice in the fifth before staging the walk-off comeback.
Grayson Judds sacrifice fly sent Jay Haro home with the winning run who had tripled in the inning. Jayse Burkett also delivered a pivotal hit in the inning to help his cause on the mound. Burkett fanned six in six innings of work and surrendered four runs to record the win before giving way to Ethan Coleman who threw an inning of relief.
Haro went 3 for 4 and D’Ondre Villalobos and Burkett turned in multi-hit efforts to lead Benson’s 10-hit attack. Mason Fletcher and Chaz Paquette recorded hits and Coleman tripled.