A comeback in the bottom of the seventh inning kept Aztec's hopes alive of reaching the championship of its own tournament.
Trailing 8-3 in the bottom of the seventh with the top of the lineup due up, the Tigers (6-2) rallied to score five runs and tie the game against Espanola Valley and send it into extra innings.
Chance Justis led off the eighth inning with a standup double before Aztec loaded the bases and Curley's base hit scored Justis to give Aztec a 9-8 win.
"We kicked the ball around a bit and came out flat. We only had one run through four innings but the bats came alive in the end," said Aztec assistant coach Brett Alexander. "In the seventh, Dylan Stinson got a bloop hit and then Randy LePlatt got a base hit and it escalated from there. With two outs, Noah Frohn hit a shot in the game to tie the game at eight."
LePlatt was 3-for-5 in the game with a home run and a double.
Tanner Moore was 2-for-4 in the game and Stinson was 3-for-5.
Alexander was happy to see the fight in the Tigers in the seventh inning when the team trailed by five runs.
"We have a different feeling than we have had in the past. The kids have no quit, and they are learning to play for one another," he said. "It is nice to see early in the season them come up with their last at bats and tie it up. You don't want to be in that situation too many times, but it is good to see we put ourselves in the position and we got out of it."
Aztec will play Moriarty in the championship game of the Aztec tournament at 4:30 p.m. today.
The Pintos also came from behind late in their game against Cortez, Colo., scoring five runs in the bottom of the seventh to win.
"We have taken third the last two years in our tournament. It will be nice to actually play in front of our home crowd for a 4:30 p.m. game in the championship," Alexander said.
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