SOFTBALL: Pusch Ridge beat Catalina; 3A playoff picture

Maddi Johnson beats out an infield hit. (Andy Morales/


Pusch Ridge had little difficulty beating Catalina 21-0 on Thursday night but the Lions still have a difficult road ahead before the 3A playoffs begin. Ranked No. 14 coming into the game against the Trojans, Pusch Ridge (6-2 in the South Region) is battling to preserve a home game in the play-in bracket but the Lions will have to finish in the top 16 to do so.

The 3A Conference play-in bracket will involve teams ranked 9 to 24 with teams 9-16 hosting on Wednesday, Apr. 26. The eight winners from the play-in bracket will advance to the 16-team championship bracket, slated to begin on Apr. 29…


Eileen Lujan has played multiple sports for Catalina (Andy Morales/


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 and on Andy was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Contact Andy Morales at



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