Arizona commit Carlie Scupin, a junior first baseman, hit two solo home runs and scored three runs in Tucson’s 9-7 win over host Phoenix Xavier College Prep on Thursday in a 6A state playoff game.
The 12th-seeded Badgers, who have won 15 straight games dating to March 13, will next play top seed Phoenix Pinnacle on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in a Round 3 game at the Rose Mofford Sports Complex in Phoenix.
Pinnacle (23-3) beat Scottsdale Chaparral 5-1 today. The Pioneers have won 13 of their last 14 games.
Scupin also pitched three innings of one-hit ball in relief against fourth-seeded Xavier on Thursday. She had two strikeouts and one walk.
Alyssa Carpio had three hits and an RBI for the Badgers, who are 17-7. Maricella Castro and Karina Somoza each added two hits and an RBI.
Empire 8, Ironwood Ridge 2
Empire sophomore Vanessa Brink struck out 10 and walked three in a complete-game effort in a 5A state playoff game against host Ironwood Ridge.
Brink, who allowed only one earned run, was supported by Empire’s 14-hit attack led by Aly Nava‘s 2-for-4 performance with three RBIs. Takia Hill had two RBIs and Odalys Garcia-Peret finished 3 for 5 with three runs.
Empire, the No. 6 seed at 30-2, will next play No. 2 Centennial in a Round 3 game Tuesday at Rose Mofford at 5:30 p.m. The winner advances to the semifinals on May 11.
The loser of that game plays the winner of No. 4 Sunnyside and No. 16 Phoenix Sunnyslope next Thursday at Rose Mofford at 6:30 p.m.. The host Blue Devils lost 4-2 to No. 5 Scottsdale Horizon on Thursday.
Salpointe 12, Douglas 2
The Lancers run-ruled the Bulldogs in five innings in a 4A state playoff game at Salpointe on Thursday.
Kim McDaniels belted a home run and finished with 4 RBIs for Salpointe, the No. 2 seed that is now 22-4 and winners of 14 of its last 15 games.
Salpointe next plays No. 4 Mingus Union in a Round 3 game on Tuesday at Rose Mofford at 5:30 p.m.
Aylin Hernandez accounted for Douglas’ runs with a two-run home run in the bottom of the second that cut the Lancers’ lead to 3-2. The eighth-seeded Bulldogs (20-5) will play Vista Grande in the losers’ bracket of the double-elimination tournament on Saturday at Amphi.
Salpointe was also led by Malaea Rocha, who went 2 for 3 with two RBIs and two runs. Diana Montano also drove in two runs for the Lancers. Freshman Logan Cole went 2 for 4 with two runs and an RBI.
Salpointe ace Alyssa Aguilar‘s streak of four consecutive shutouts was snapped, but she still was overpowering with 10 strikeouts and no walks in a complete-game effort.
Canyon del Oro 14, Bradshaw Mountain 4
Sixth-seeded CDO traveled to No. 3 Bradshaw Mountain and pulled off the upset on Thursday in a 4A state playoff game.
Miia Campos went 2 for 5 with three RBIs and her sister Niya Campos was 3 for 5 with 2 RBIs for the Dorados, who have won eight of their last nine games.
Playoff game vs Bradshaw Mt.
Starting line up:
Hope Banales- CF
Miia Campos- SS
Naya Campos- 1st
Halle Morris- 3rd
Amya Legarra- pitching
Katie Stracco- RF
Desiree Martinez- 2nd
Asiah Bell- LF
Kori Rominger- Flex
CDO (19-6) will next play No. 2 Glendale Cactus on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at Rose Mofford.
Amya Legama got the win for the Dorados against Bradshaw Mountain. She had five strikeouts and a walk in five innings.