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Arizona baseball team comes together to honor late pitcher with semifinal win, advances to 5A final

On the first pitch Thursday, junior left-hander Rocky King threw the ball to home side-arm style, the same method Bryan McKinsey used so effectively in relief.
Strike.
Adrenaline kicked in and King gutted out four innings before coming out with a big lead in No. 2-seed Buckeye Verrado’s 13-3, run-ruled, five-inning 5A baseball state semifinal win over Scottsdale Notre Dame Prep at Tempe Diablo Stadium.
In the other 5A game on Thursday, Peoria Liberty beat Gilbert Mesquite 4-3 to advance, setting up an all-West Valley 5A final on Tuesday