14U – AZ Winter Super NIT Day 3: Heats up in a Blaze

              AZ Super NIT Results -14U Majors Day Three Seed Play Summary

The Arizona Heat was hotter than the Blaze as Michael Valenzuela pitched an outstanding game that allowed his defense to work with him for a run rule 9-1 finish.

The bats were on fire as the Heat made a five run two out rally in the top of the first inning. With two outs the number three batter David Real singled. Nick Affronti walked as well as Nick Giannini.  The next batter Brock Hartley sent a double to left field. Brandon LeBoeuf singled up the middle. Cameron Ross got all the way to third base as the Blaze made an error. By the time the Blaze got the third out it was five to nothing top of the first.

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The Blaze bats did not respond as Valenzuela and the Heat sat down six batters in a row, including four strikeouts and two groundouts in the first two innings. The Blaze never really threatened but got one run in the fourth inning.  Two triples and a few singles was all the Heat allowed. Valenzuela’s strikeouts totaled nine against the Blaze which happened to be the number of runs the Heat racked up as they move on to the semi-finals against the highly ranked Chandler Reds of Arizona. Final: Heat 9-Blaze 1.

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