ALBUQUERQUE — Jonathan Hill picked a good time to come out of a slump, delivering what turned out to be a game-winning two-run double in the top of the fifth inning that sent Texico to the Class 1A-2A state baseball title game for the third time in five years.
Hill’s clutch hit backed the solid pitching of junior Seth Bailey, who pitched a complete-game four-hitter as the No. 4 Wolverines beat top-ranked Eunice 4-3 Friday morning at St. Pius High School.
Texico (17-4-1) plays the winner of Friday’s other semifinal between No. 6 Lordsburg and No. 2 Loving at 8:30 a.m. Saturday.
“He’s been struggling a little bit lately but he’s one of our better hitters,” Texico coach Richard Luscombe said. “He came through in a pressure situation.”
With Texico trailing 3-2, Hill ripped a first-pitch fastball to the gap in left-center.
Bailey, who hit a solo home run in the first inning, set down the Cardinals (23-3) in order in the final three innings with a little help from his defense.
Left fielder Jose Posada chased down a slicing fly ball down the line for the first out in the sixth and center fielder Warren Faircloth tracked down a hit over his head for the second out of the inning.