“I could tell the moment the ball hit the sweet spot.”
That’s how Rincon/University freshman Angelina Camen knew she had provided the walk-off single needed to push the Rangers past Sunnyside 3-2 in the bottom of the 11th on Wednesday in the 6A Play-In bracket. The “sweet spots” were hard to come by on a day where both pitchers got stronger and stronger as the game went on, but Camen’s RBI put an end to a game that could have ended several times earlier.
Jazmine Ayala took the circle for No. 19 Sunnyside and Bailey Tanner got the ball for No. 14 Rincon/UHS. The two teams split in the regular season with the Rangers winning at Sunnyside and the Blue Devils winning at Rincon/UHS and it took 11 innings to decide the rubber match…
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25
BEACH VOLLEYBALL QUARTERFINALS
No. 7 Corona del Sol over No. 2 Salpointe, 4-1
No. 1 O’Connor over No. 8 Ironwood Ridge, 4-1
BOYS D-I TEAM TENNIS
No. 7 Perry over No. 10 Buena, 5-3
BOYS D-II TEAM TENNIS
No. 1 Catalina Foothills over No. 16 Williams, 5-0
No. 3 Salpointe over No. 14 Shadow Mountain, 5-0
No. 4 Nogales over No. 13 Seton Catholic, 5-0
No. 5 Bradshaw Mountain over No.12 Ironwood Ridge, 5-4
BOYS D-III TEAM TENNIS
No.3 Pusch Ridge over No. 14 Miami, 5-0
No. 4 Gregory School hosts No. 13 Morenci
No. 15 Benson at No. 2 Thatcher
BASEBALL: 4A – 6A PLAY-IN TOURNAMENT
No. 14 Perry beat No. 19 Tucson, 3-1
No. 14 Cienega beat No. 19 Independence, 5-4
No. 16 Ironwood Ridge beat No. 17 Vista Grande, 10-2
No. 11 Poston Butte beat No. 22 Sahuaro, 7-6
No. 9 Kellis beat No. 24 Mountain View, 12-6
No. 18. Marcos de Niza beat No. 15 Douglas, 6-2.
No. 11 Williams beat No. 22 Walden Grove, 6-5
SOFTBALL: 3A – 6A PLAY-IN TOURNAMENT
No. 10 Tucson beat No. 23 Xavier Prep, 4-0
No. 14 Rincon/UHS beat No. 19 Sunnyside, 3-2 (11)
No. 15 Sahuaro beat No. 18 Lake Havasu, 10-0 (5)
No. 12 Mountain View beat No. 21 Apollo, 12-2 (5)
No. 14 Queen Creek beat No. 19 Desert View, 2-1
No. 13 Willow Canyon beat No. 20 Marana, 8-7
No. 12 Amphitheater beat No. 21 Pueblo, 9-1
No. 13 Rio Rico beat No. 20 Buckeye, 10-0 (5)
No. 19 Douglas beat No. 14 Flagstaff, 7-2
No. 11 Sahuarita beat No. 22, Pusch Ridge, 13-3 (5)
No. 13 Sabino beat No. 20 Blue Ridge, 7-0
FRIDAY, APRIL 27
BASEBALL; 3A PLAY-IN TOURNAMENT
No. 12 Empire hosts No. 21 American Leadership, 4 p.m.
No. 14 Pusch Ridge hosts No. 19 Snowflake, 4 p.m.
TENNIS: SINGLES/DOUBLES QUARTERFINALS
D-I: Ethan Lee, Rincon/UHS vs. No. 3 Luke Urlaub, Desert Vista, 3:30 p.m.
D-II: No. 4 Jack Mandala, Salpointe vs. No. 5 5 Brendan Perry, Catalina Foothills, 5 p.m.
D-II: Anton Nazaroff, Catalina Foothills vs. No. 2 Oliver Boleratzky, Deer Valley, 5 p.m.
D-II: No. 1 George Jiang / Mason Lee, Catalina Foothills vs. No. 8 Trevor Swartz / Alex Vergara, Greenway, 5 p.m.
D-II: Carlos Beranbe / Ben Behrens, Ironwood Ridge vs. No.2 Jackson Hartenbach / Eric Cho, Salpointe, 5 p.m.
D-III: No. 1 Preston Grammond, Pusch Ridge vs. Will Ray, Valley Lutheran, 6:30 p.m.
D-III: No. 4 Jordan Merrill, Benson vs. No. 5 Federico Niccacci, St. David, 6:30 p.m.
D-III: No. 1 Wilder Cooke / Alex Sparks, Gregory School vs. No. 8 Tyler Bierman / Michael Greer, Thatcher, 6:30 p.m.
D-III: No. 2 Christian Fetsis / Diego Rodriguez, Pusch Ridge vs. No. 7 Bobby Wendt / Alex Tam, Phoenix Country Day, 6:30 p.m.
D-I: No. 4 Lindsey Pesqueira / Sophie Lopez, Rincon/UHS vs No. 5 Elizabeth Vijan / Ava Keste, Pinnacle, 3:30 p.m.
D-II: No. 1 Selma Fereres, Catalina Foothills vs. No. 8 Danielle Quenzler, Cactus Shadows, 5 p.m.
D-II: No. 2 Samantha Loving, Salpointe vs. No. 7 Aari Sivakumar, Saguaro, 5 p.m.
D-II: No. 5 Emily Lopez, Amphitheater vs. No. 4 Faith Daab, Coconino, 5 p.m.
D-II: No. 2 Chloe Gavino / Abby Watson, Catalina Foothills vs. No. 7 Melina Oropeza / Ana Lucia Bustamante, Nogales, 5 p.m.
D-II: No. 4 Halle Zadro / Annabelle Mulick, Catalina Foothills vs. No. 6 Grace Hogan / Natalie Hoffman, Notre Dame, 5 p.m.
D-II: No. 8 Natalie Valcke / Keeva Krueger, Salpointe vs. No. 1 Jillian Rasmussen / Katie Reed, Arcadia, 5 p.m.
D-III: No. 1 Sofia Fetsis, Pusch Ridge vs. Kelsey Smith, Page, 6:30 p.m.
D-III: Sammi Gutierrez, Sahuarita vs. Adrianna Zamora, Sabino, 6:30 p.m.
D-III: No. 1 Kay Lee Merrill / Piper Thoutt, Benson vs. Alyssa Shapiro / Katie Wick, Scottsdale Prep, 6:25 p.m.
D-III: Emma Reilly / Colleen Harris, Pusch Ridge vs. No. 4: Keiryn Lines / Ella Peterson Safford, 6:25 p.m.
D-III: Kate Maxfield / Hailey Brack, Pusch Ridge vs. No. 7 Maya Abou-Haidar / Katie Bartolino, Phoenix Country Day, 6:25 p.m.
SATURDAY, APRIL 28
BASEBALL: 4A – 6A FIRST ROUND
SOFTBALL: 1A-6A FIRST ROUND
TUESDAY, MAY 1
GIRLS D-I TENNIS QUARTERFINALS
No. 4 Rincon/UHS hosts No. 5 Mesa Mountain View, 3 p.m.
GIRLS D-II TENNIS QUARTERFINALS
No. 2 Catalina Foothills hosts No. 10 Greenway, 3 p.m.
No. 5 Salpointe at No. 4 Cactus Shadows, 3 p.m.
No. 6 Nogales at No. 3 Thunderbird, 3 p.m.
GIRLS D-III TEAM TENNIS
No. 5 Pusch Ridge at No. 4 Scottsdale Prep, 3 p.m.
No. 10 Gregory School at No. 2 Phoenix Country Day, 3 p.m.
No. 11 Sahuarita at No. 3 Gilbert Classical, 3 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 2
TRACK & FIELD; DAY 1
BOYS D-II TENNIS QUARTERFINALS
No. 1 Catalina Foothills hosts No. 8 Greenway, 3 p.m.
No. 3 Salpointe hosts No. 6 Notre Dame, 3 p.m.
No. 4 Nogales hosts No. 5 Bradshaw Mountain, 3 p.m.
BOYS D-III TENNIS QUARTERFINALS
No.3 Pusch Ridge hosts No. 6 Chandler Prep, 3 p.m.
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