The Wildcats were pouring out of the dugout the moment that the final out settled in the glove of right fielder Robert Refsnyder.
Confetti shot out from foul territory on both sides of the field. Fireworks banged in the sky. Gloves went hurling into the air. Hats, too. The players piled on top of each other next to the mound.
They’re still hopping around in the middle of the field. Hugging. Posing for photos. Passing the trophy off to one another.
They even interrupted Andy Lopez’s on-field interview with ESPN, bathing their head coach in icy liquid during the middle of his conversation.
Arizona is the national champ for the first time since 1986. One can bet the celebration is just getting started.
***In case you missed it, the Wildcats scored three times in the ninth inning to break a 1-1 tie. Brandon Dixon, a defensive replacement, almost got pinch hit for, but he delivered the double that drove in Refsnyder to make it 2-1. Trent Gilbert’s two-out single put Arizona up 4-1.