No. 7 Sabino, No. 9 Sahuarita and No. 14 Pusch Ridge all advanced in the 3A state softball tournament on Saturday.
The Sabercats (19-3) blanked No. 10 Coolidge 10-0 behind a five-inning one-hitter thrown by senior Danielle Kirchhofer. She struck out 13 batters and walked one at the game played at the Rose Mofford Sports Complex in Phoenix.
Kirchhofer also went 2 for 4 with two runs and an RBI.
Hannah Stark went 2 for 3 with three RBIs for the Sabercats. Kinzee Anderson and Jillian Calloway also had two hits.
Pusch Ridge (17-10) upset No. 3 Payson 3-2 at Rose Mofford. The Cinderella Lions won 19-5 at Chino Valley in a play-in game last week.
Our preparation paid off today against Payson, a tough opponent. Each one of us executed our plan today and we got the win! We were seeded 14 vs a 3-seed. My team worked so hard, I am so proud of them, we all had each others’ backs and stuck to our plan 💪🏼 pic.twitter.com/l0X8IA6qC4
Baie Ensio leads Pusch Ridge batting .525 and freshman Kyrie Denny has a slugging percentage of 1.027 with 12 doubles, two triples and seven home runs.
Sahuarita (27-5) beat No. 8 Paradise Honors 4-3 at Rose Mofford. Senior Hailey Tanori leads the Mustangs with a .608 batting average.
Your Lady Mustangs win the first round of playoffs with a nail biter!!!!
Sahuarita: 4 Paradise Honors: 3#RoadToState
Sabino, Sahuarita and Pusch Ridge return to Rose Mofford on Friday for the quarterfinals with all games starting at 8 p.m.
Sabino will play No. 2 Mohave Valley River Valley, Sahuarita faces No. 1 Winslow and Pusch Ridge plays No. 11 Yuma Catholic.
Upcoming Playoff Schedule
Tuesday, April 30
SOFTBALL: 4A-6A FIRST ROUND
6A: No. 12 Tucson at No. 5 Perry, 4 p.m.
5A: No. 14 Ironwood at No. 3 Ironwood Ridge, 4 p.m.
5A: No. 13 Gilbert at No. 4 Sunnyside, 4 p.m.
5A: No. 11 Casteel at No. 6 Empire, 4 p.m.
5A: No. 10 Cactus Shadows at No. 7 Mountain View, 4 p.m.
5A: No. 9 Willow Canyon at No. 8 Cienega, 4 p.m.
5A: No. 12 Marana at No. 5 Horizon, 4 p.m.
4A: No. 16 Combs at No. 1 Salpointe, 6 p.m.
4A: No. 11 Desert Edge at No. 6 Canyon del Oro, 4 p.m.
4A: No. 9 Gila Ridge at No. 8 Douglas, 4 p.m.
4A: No. 13 Sahuaro at No. 4 Mingus, 4 p.m.
Wednesday, May 1
SOFTBALL: 2A PLAY-IN TOURNAMENT
No. 21 Alchesay at No. 12 Willcox, 4 p.m.
No. 24 Santa Cruz at No. 9 Arizona Lutheran, 4 p.m.
Friday, May 3
SOFTBALL: 1A/3A QUARTERFINALS (Rose Mofford)
3A: No. 7 Sabino vs. No. 2 River Valley, 8 p.m.
3A: No. 9 Sahuarita vs. No. 1 Winslow, 8 p.m.
3A: No. 14 Pusch Ridge vs. No. 11 Yuma Catholic, 8 p.m.
1A: No. 2 St. David vs. No. 7 Mogollon, 6 p.m.
1A: No. 6 Valley Union vs. No. 3 Superior, 6 p.m.