The Falcons, coming off an upset of second seeded Winslow on Friday, continued that trend by taking out tenth seeded Empire 5-3.
As a thank you for getting this far, their draw in the semis will be the Wolves, who pounded Holbrook 11-1 in five innings.
They’ll do battle this coming Friday at Surprise Stadium. First pitch is at 4:30 p.m.
No. 1 seeded River Valley slid by No. 9 Mingus in a tight 2-1 affair. They’ll take on the defending champion Yellow Jackets of Blue Ridge, who flexed their muscle in rolling past the No. 4 seeded Scottsdale Christian Academy Eagles by a 9-3 count.
“It’s great to be in the semifinals, it’s the best feeling ever,” said Blue Ridge center fielder Danny Groebner. “[We] get to play in the stadium again, it’s always a great feeling to play in there.”
This will be a rematch of last year’s semifinals, which saw the Yellow Jackets double up the Dust Devils 10-5 on their way to the state title.
The winner of these games will meet on Saturday for the right to call themselves “State Champs.”
First pitch that night is at 7 p.m. It will also take place at Surprise Stadium.