Sophomore Hayden Smith and senior Darius Arredondo combined to no-hit Minico in a 5-2 victory for the state championship Saturday, Middleton’s first at the 4A level.
Minico scored its only runs in the sixth thanks to two hit batters, a walk and an error.
“They just came together and figured it out. We put together our best performance of the year, and we waited until the last day of the season,” said Middleton coach Pete Jones, whose team started the season 0-7.
Smith went 2-for-4 with two RBIs in the title game for Middleton (15-14), which blanked Twin Falls 3-0 in the semifinals thanks to Darin Post’s four-hit shutout.
3A: FRUITLAND ADDS ANOTHER BANNER
The Grizzlies edged league rival Homedale 8-5 in a championship game that started at Fruitland High and finished at Treasure Valley Community College due to rain.
The title is the third straight for Fruitland (22-7) and its seventh in nine years.
2A: NAMPA CHRISTIAN REPEATS
For the third time in three years, Nampa Christian and Orofino met for a state title. The Trojans (25-3) edged Orofino 7-6 on the Maniacs’ home field for their second straight championship and eighth in school history.
1A: WILDER FINISHES SECOND
Potlatch mercy-ruled Wilder 10-0 in five innings, securing the Loggers (14-9) their fourth title in six years.