Holbrook prevented Fountain Hills from making a seventh consecutive trip to the 3A baseball state title game, upsetting the Falcons 7-0 in the semifinals Friday at Maryvale Baseball Park.
The Roadrunners will face Wickenburg in today’s championship game at Phoenix Municipal Stadium.
Olen Hatch pitched a four-hit shutout for Holbrook, striking out eight and walking one.
He capped off the game by striking out the final two batters .
“Olen Hatch is the workhorse of our staff,” Holbrook coach Shawn Hayden said. “He stepped up and pitched his heart out.
“It is a credit to the kids, They came to play and were focused on playing hard and having fun.”
Holbrook jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning, batting through all but the No. 9 hitter. The Roadrunners added to their lead with three more runs in the third. Hatch scored a seventh run on a wild pitch by Fountain Hills’ Steve Skiba in the fourth.
“It felt good, getting the runs early,” Hatch said.
Falcons’ senior Ryan Guy relieved Skiba later the fourth, holding Holbrook scoreless through 3 1/3 innings.
“We just could not string hits together,” Fountain Hills coach Mike Briguglio said. “You have to give Hatch credit.”
The Falcons threatened in the bottom of the fifth, loading the bases on a double by Jeff Folger, a single by Chris Mirza and a walk to Jason Denmore. But with two outs, Guy grounded out to keep the Roadrunners’ shutout intact.
The Falcons have reached the 3A semifinals eight consecutive final fours and had been to six consecutive title games, winning three.
“It’s a good thing when you are disappointed when you didn’t get to the state finals,” Briguglio said. “That is the standard we have set.”
Holbrook extended its winning streak to seven and has not allowed a run in the state tournament.