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Sand Devils win on Senior Day, head to state tourney

Modified: Saturday, May 4th, 2013

Page High senior Denton Siebrecht, shown here on the mound in a game earlier this season, pitched a three-hit shutout and was named player of the game against Greyhills Academy April 23 during Sand Devils Senior Day.
The Page High baseball team is seeded 14th among the 24 teams chosen to play in the Arizona Interscholastic Association baseball state championship tournament.

Coach Alex Randel’s Sand Devils will play #19 Snowflake at the Surprise Sports Complex April 30 at 4 p.m.

The winner will face #3 Fountain Hills May 3 for a chance to advance to the quarterfinals.

The state championship game will be broadcast live May 11 on AIA365.com.

The Devils closed out their regular season with a pair of victories last week, including a 19-0 win April 23 over Greyhills Academy on Senior Day.

They took the finale, 9-3, at Northland Prep in Flagstaff.

The team also enjoyed some recognition in the form of an article by the Arizona Republic, which focused on the Sand Devils success in the face of hellish travel requirements resulting from the U.S. 89 collapse.

Randel estimated the team rolled up about 4,500 miles this season, including a 12-hour roundtrip to Bullhead City that took them around Las Vegas. They won the game.

Against Greyhills, all four seniors made the most of their day.

Denton Siebrecht was named player of the game after pitching a three-hit shutout with eight strikouts and just one walk. He also drove in three runs and stole a base.

“It’s good to see Denton have success this year,” Randel said. “He’s given us a good lefty look, and depending on what matchups we get in the playoffs, he could be on the mound."

CJ Ripka, who the coach called “one of our leaders all season,” had three hits, four RBI and a stolen base.

James Christiansen and Cody Sanderson each scored two runs, and Christiansen also picked up an RBI.

Randel praised the contributions they made on the field, then talked about their maturity, saying he expects both to find success “out in the real world.”

“This is a great group of kids,” added the fourth-year coach, noting that it’s the first class he’s seen all the way through.

Against Northland Prep, the Sand Devils scored all nine runs on just five hits as starter Brendan Catron allowed one earned run through five innings. Collin Knight pitched the final two innings, giving up one hit and no runs.

At the plate, Knight had a triple and two RBI.

Tyler Janes had two hits and drove in a run, and Ripka scored three.

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