Jordan Kipper was talking with his father not long ago about state championships.
His father, Bruce, the principal at Mountain Pointe High School, won one as a coach at Tempe High.,
Now Jordan has one to talk about, too.
Hamilton enjoyed a productive day offensively Thursda yafternoon in the 5A-I state baseball semifinals by denting the scoreboard for 13 runs.
That total should have been much less, much to the chagrin of Mesquite coach Jeff Holland.
Top-seed Mesquite is not too concerned right now with the way it wins, just as long the Wildcats continue to do so.
With a second matchup with No. 16 seed North Canyon in a week, Mesquite lived to play another day Saturday night with an 8-3 triumph over the Rattlers in a 5A-I state baseball tournament elimination contest at Phoenix Municipal Stadium.
What was it going to be? Defending 5A-I baseball champ Desert Ridge continuing a long road back to try and defend its title? Or No. 14 Dobson continuing to live out that double-digit seed, state title dream?
On this Saturday afternoon the defending champs won out. Desert Ridge scored in every inning and tallied nine of its 12 runs with two outs to oust Dobson from the 5A-I state tournament with a 12-2, five-inning win at Phoenix Municipal Stadium.