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SOFTBALL: Salpointe wins Badger Invite over Sabino, 3-2

Salpointe freshman Kim McDaniels gave the Lancers a 1-0 lead. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

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Tucson Softball Invitational
Cherry Field: Mar. 14-17

“No one better!”

You hear that over-used line coming down from the stands several times a night. It’s the softball equivalent to, “It’s in the hole!” in golf or, “And one!” in basketball. Well, everyone can’t be “better,” drives rarely, if ever, find the “hole,” and you have to actually be fouled to be rewarded with a free throw. But, in this case, there was no one better.

Yannira Acuña had already scored the walk-off run to lead Salpointe past Tucson in the semifinal round earlier in the day and she was already batting 3-for-3 with two doubles against Sabino in the championship of the Badger Invitational held Saturday night at Cherry Field….

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Danielle Kirchhofer (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

 

 

POOL PLAY

Wednesday, March 14
Rio Rico 6, Catalina Foothills 3
Salpointe 2, Marana 0
Sunnyside 7, Mountain View 0
Desert View 6, Tucson 5

Thursday, March 15
Sunnyside 8, Empire 4
Marana 2, Rio Rico 1
Marana 14, Buena 5
Catalina Foothills 8, Sabino 7
Tucson 8, Empire 0
Vista Grande 9, Sunnyside 7
Mountain View 8, Sabino 6
Salpointe 13, Buena 4
Vista Grande 10, Mountain View 5
Salpointe 10, Desert View 0

Friday, March 16
Desert View 8, Empire 7
Salpointe 5, Rio Rico 1
Desert View 7, Rio Rico 6
Sunnyside 6, Buena 5
Mountain View 11, Empire 3
Sabino 9, Tucson 3
Catalina Foothills 11, Buena 5
Tucson 21, Vista Grande 0
Catalina Foothills 5, Vista Grande 4
Sabino 10, Marana 0

Saturday, March 17

CHAMPIONSHIP BRACKET
No. 5 Tucson 8, No. 4 Desert View 7
No. 1 Salpointe 4, Tucson 3
No. 6 Sabino 2, No. 3 Catalina Foothills 0
Sabino 5, No. 2 Sunnyside 4

CHAMPIONSHIP
Salpointe 3, Sabino 2

CONSOLATION BRACKET
No. 10 Rio Rico 7, No. 11 Empire 5
No. 7 Mountain View 5, Rio Rico 4
No. 9 Marana 16, No. 12 Buena 5
No. 8 Vista Grande 9, Marana 6
FINAL: Mountain View 8, Vista Grande 0

Yannira Acuna (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

REMAINING INVITATIONALS

Lancer Baseball Classic
Mar. 19-23: Reid Park Annex

Arizona CatBox Beach Invitational
Mar. 24: Arizona

Chris Moon Baseball Classic
Mar. 27-30: Cherry Field

Mountain View Volleyball Invitational
Mar. 30-31: Mountain View

Lancer Volleyball Invitational
April 13-14: Salpointe

Southern Arizona Track & Field Championships
April 21: Mountain View

Last Chance Track & Field
April 25: Marana

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Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014 and he was awarded the Ray McNally Award in 2017 and he 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 AZPreps365.com. Andy was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Contact Andy Morales at AMoralesMyTucson@yahoo.com

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