The NJCAA DII Softball Championship got underway Wednesday with No. 1 Phoenix College taking out No. 16 Potomac State 10-2 in the first round. The 16-team playoff is taking place in Clinton, Mississippi with the championship game scheduled for Saturday, May 21.
Six standouts from Southern Arizona are on the Phoenix College (54-6-1) roster:
Arryanna Bracamonte, Flowing Wells
Mari Ruiz, Cholla
Andrea Lugo, Douglas
Marissa Morales, Douglas
Emerald Grijalva, Nogales
Dominique Payne, Salpointe
The Bears run-ruled Potomac State in five innings. Arry Bracamonte led Phoenix College by going 2-for-3 including a 2-run blast to end the game. The Bears hit five home runs in the game.
Phoenix College will face No. 9 Labette (Kansas) on Thursday in the second round.
Discuss this post in our Talk of Tucson Message Board
Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014 and has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. His own children have won multiple state high school championships and were named to all-state teams. Competing in hockey, basketball, baseball and track & field in high school, his unique perspective can only be found here, on AZPreps365.com and on the pages of the Vail Voice and the Tanque Verde Voice. Contact Andy Morales at AMoralesMyTucson@yahoo.com