The second round for the 4A, 5A and 6A softball playoffs took place Tuesday night so let’s take a look at how each of the five teams from Southern Arizona fared:
No. 10 Tucson lost to No. 2 Pinnacle 4-2 in 6A action. The Badgers will move over to the Elimination Bracket and will face No. 3 O’Connor Thursday night at the Rose Mofford Complex in Phoenix. The Pioneers led 3-0 after three but the Badgers scored two in the top of the fourth to cut into the lead. The Pioneers added another run in the bottom half of the fourth and held on for the win from there.
Analeisa Bejarano went 2-for3 with an RBI to lead the Badgers at the plate. Melina Silvain and University of Arizona commit Carlie Scupin had the other two hits. The 2017 Gatorade State Player of the Year and Arizona commit Marissa Schuld picked up the win for Pinnacle on 14 strikeouts.
No. 3 Cienega beat No. 6 Centennial 7-1 in 5A action to advance to the third round against No. 7 Verrado Thursday night at Rose Mofford. The Bobcats scored two in the bottom of the first and never looked back. Breezy Hayward led the Bobcats at the play, going 2-2 with two doubles and four RBI, Blaise Biringer went 2-3 with a home run, Kaitlyn Anderson added a home run and Anicela Parra had a triple. Mariah Lopez went the distance for the win.
No. 8 Ironwood Ridge beat No. 1 Arcadia 12-3 in a big victory for the other 5A team from the Tucson area. The Nighthawks scored three runs in the top of the first and Arcadia answered with two in bottom of the inning, but Ironwood Ridge proved too much and belted 16 hits against the top-ranked team.
Rachel Hirschfeld went 2-4 with a home run, Morgan Reidhead went 3-5 with two triples, a double and three RBI, Kayla Keith went 3-5 with a double and four RBI and Jaiden Reid added a double of her own. Frankie Lucio and Shelby Thompson combined for eight strikeouts.
The Nighthawks will play No. 4 Chaparral Thursday night at Rose Mofford.
No. 1 Canyon del Oro took care of No. 9 Coconino 8-3 in 4A action. The Dorados led 4-0 after three to set the tone for the game. Alexis Kaiser had a home run and two RBI, Halle Morris had a 2-RBI double, Ellessa Bonstrom went 2-2 and Arizona State commit Mikayla Santa Cruz picked up the win with six strikeouts.
The Dorados will face No. 5 Salpointe Thursday night in third-round action. The two teams split during region play and the rubber match will decide which one will advance to the semifinal round on May 10 and which one will play in an elimination game on May 8.
The Lancers beat No. 4 Sunrise Mountain 5-3 to set up the rematch. The Lancers scored a run in the top of the sixth to go up 3-2 and two more in the seventh to make it 5-2 but Sunrise Mountain scored one more for the 5-3 final.
Future Sun Devil commit Yannira Acuña went 3-4 with a home run and two RBI, Malaea Rocha went 2-4, Anjolee Aguilar-Beaucage went 2-4 with an RBI and Giselle Muñoz had a double and an RBI. Alyssa Aguilar and Aleena Alexander combined for nine strikeouts.
TUESDAY, MAY 1
SOFTBALL 6A SECOND ROUND
No. 2 Pinnacle 4, No. 10 Tucson 2
SOFTBALL 5A SECOND ROUND
No. 3 Cienega 7, No. 6 Centennial 1
No. 8 Ironwood Ridge 12, No. 1 Arcadia 3
SOFTBALL 4A SECOND ROUND
No. 1 Canyon Del Oro 8, No. 9 Coconino 3
No. 5 Salpointe 5, No. 4 Sunrise Mountain 3
GIRLS D-I TENNIS QUARTERFINALS
No. 5 Mesa Mountain View 5, No. 4 Rincon/UHS 1
GIRLS D-II TENNIS QUARTERFINALS
No. 2 Catalina Foothills 5, No. 10 Greenway 0
No. 4 Cactus Shadows 5, No. 5 Salpointe 4
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. 2 Phoenix Country Day 5, No. 10 Gregory School 1
No. 3 Gilbert Classical 5, No. 11 Sahuarita 2
WEDNESDAY, MAY 2
BASEBALL: 4A ROUND 3
No.2 Catalina Foothills vs. No. 3 Seton Catholic, 6:30 p.m. (HoHoKam)
No. 8 Salpointe vs. No. 5 Sunrise Mountain, 6:30 p.m. (Diablo)
BASEBALL: 4A ELIMINATION at Amphi
No.4 Canyon del Oro vs. No. 1 Nogales, 6 p.m.
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.
No. 4 Gregory School hosts No. 5 Phoenix Country Day, 3 p.m.
THURSDAY, MAY 3
BASEBALL: 5A ELIMINATION at Amphi
No. 3 Flowing Wells vs. No. 7 Buena, 5:30 p.m.
SOFTBALL: 6A ELIMINATION at Rose Mofford
No. 10 Tucson vs. No. 3 O’Connor, 8 p.m.
SOFTBALL: 5A THIRD ROUND at Rose Mofford
No. 3 Cienega vs. No. 7 Verrado, 6 p.m.
No. 8 Ironwood Ridge vs. No. 4 Chaparral, 6 p.m.
SOFTBALL 4A THIRD ROUND at TBD
No. 1 Canyon Del Oro vs. No 5 Salpointe, 4 p.m.
FRIDAY, MAY 4
BASEBALL: 1A FIRST ROUND at Goodyear
No. 3 Baboquivari vs. No. 14 Fredonia, 6:30 p.m.
No. 4 St. David vs. No. 13 Anthem Prep, 6:30 p.m.
No. 8 Valley Union vs. No. 9 San Pasqual, 4 p.m.
BASEBALL: 2A FIRST ROUND at Goodyear
No. 2 Willcox vs. Kingman Academy, 6:30 p.m.
No. 3 Bisbee vs. No. 14 Tempe Prep, 6:30 p.m.
BASEBALL: 3A FIRST ROUND at Surprise
No. 1 Sabino vs. No. 16 Yuma Catholic, 6:30 p.m.
No. 3 Sahuarita vs. No. 14 Blue Ridge, 6:30 p.m.
No. 8 Catalina vs. No. 9 Safford, 4 p.m.
No. 12 Empire vs. No. 5 Northwest Christian, 6:30 p.m.
No. 13 Pusch Ridge vs. No. 4 Florence, 4 p.m.
SOFTBALL: 3A QUARTERFINALS at Rose Mofford
No. 7 Empire vs. No. 2 Casteel, 8 p.m.
No. 11 Sahuarita vs. No. 3 Show Low, 8 p.m.
SOFTBALL: 2A QUARTERFINALS at Rose Mofford
No. 1 Benson vs. No. 8 Kingman Academy, 6 p.m.
No. 3 Willcox vs. No. 6 Paradise Honors, 6 p.m.
SOFTBALL: 1A QUARTERFINALS at Rose Mofford
No. 12 St. David vs. No. 4 Williams, 4 p.m.
GIRLS D-II TENNIS SEMIFINALS at Paseo
No. 2 Catalina Foothills vs.
SATURDAY, MAY 5
5A/6A BOYS VOLLEYBALL
MONDAY, MAY 7
Beach Volleyball Pairs Playoffs at Mesquite
P. Lewis/A. Russell, Salpointe vs. T. Garrett/T. Pope, O’Connor, 7 p.m.
A. Duarte/M. Sundholm, Salpointe vs. A. Spartz/G. Cook, O’Connor, 5 p.m.
TUESDAY, MAY 8
DIVISION III GOLF DAY ONE
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