The Tucson Saguaros win the 2016 Pecos League Championship with a 5-4 victory over Trinidad at Kino Stadium.
The Saguaros scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth inning as Jesse Bakler scored the game ending run on a wild pitch. Pitcher Aaron Smith was credited with the victory after a scoreless top of the ninth inning.
It was the Saguaros inaugural season as the team set a league record for wins under manager J.D. Droddy. Former CDO and Pima College star Ryan Retz led the team with forty two stolen bases.
"I expected a great team," said manager JD Droddy. "I didn't expect this great a team. They blew me away."
"It's awesome," said third baseman Tanner Giesel. "We're bonded for life. This is the best team I've ever played on and the best chemistry I've ever had with a team and it's great to be bonded for life like that."
"It's hard in independent ball to get a team to pull for each other," said pitcher Randy Keen. And every guy out here pulls for the guy next to him. We were down 5-0 yesterday and 4-1 today. We just don't quit."
The Saguaros are an independent team not affiliated with any Major League Team. Past minor league baseball champions from the Old Pueblo include the Tucson Sidewinders, the Tucson Toros, and the Tucson Cowboys.