Airport clinched the Region 5-3A baseball championship on Monday. Gilbert secured the runner-up spot and a home date in the first round of the state playoffs with a 6-3 win over Swansea on Thursday.
The Indians, who finished region testing with a 7-3 mark, enter the Class 3A state playoffs for the first time with a 17-5-1 record. The defending Class 2A state champs will be the No. 2 seed in District 6 and open at home against the third-place team from Region 8-3A on April 26.
Gilbert spotted the visiting Tigers a 1-0 lead in the first inning, but gained control with a five-run burst in the bottom of the third. Mitch Spires had the big blow – a three-run double that turned out to be the game-winning hit.
Ryan Knowles, Jared Williams and Trevor Black all had two hits for the Tribe. Black drove in two runs.
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Chris Hammond had two hits and one RBI for Swansea (8-13, 4-6).