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Softball: Southern Arizona Teams of the Decade

This championship-winning home run from Kayla Bonstrom helped set the tone for the decade. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

Here are the top pitchers with at least 30 wins, top sluggers with at least 17 home runs and the top base stealers with at least 60. If a name appears on one of these lists, then it will not appear on the individual team lists that follow.

The top remaining 12 from each of the 42 teams from Southern Arizona are listed. Those are in addition to the names listed above them. For instance, Kelsey Jenkins would easily make the top dozen for Sabino over the last decade and her name appears on the Stolen base list, giving the Sabercats more than 12 for the decade and so forth.

As expected, some teams were vastly more difficult than others.

NOTABLES

Kayla Bonstrom hit eight home runs in a 10-day period to help Canyon del Oro win the 2012 state championship. In addition, Bonstrom was also called on to pitch. It is unknown what her true final numbers are, but her 2-run shot in the eighth inning to give the Dorados the 2012 championship set a standard for one of the toughest softball regions in the country. The talent pool from Southern Arizona is unmatched, especially when one looks at population numbers and the smaller amount of high schools.

Katie Sherman went 101-16 in her career at Benson with an ERA of 1.71. She also picked up 849 strikeouts. She went 13-2 in the playoffs with two state championships, a runner-up finish and a semifinal finish.

Amphitheater standout Kristiana Watson hit for the Triple Crown as a freshman in 2017. The ASU commit was tops in average (.753), home runs (17) and RBI (54) in the Tucson area. Watson is scheduled to play her senior season with the Panthers.

Former Santa Cruz standout Tylor Gil hit 51 home runs in the decade. Current Tucson High and Arizona commit Carli Scupin has 41 through her junior season. While her senior season will not count for the last decade, she can set the standard for home runs in a career.

STATE CHAMPIONS (26)


2019: 5A Ironwood Ridge, Dave Martinez
2019: 4A Salpointe, Amy Rocha
2019: 3A Sabino, Christine Stainer
2018: 5A Cienega, Eric Tatham
2018: 4A Salpointe: Amy Rocha
2018: 3A Sahuarita, Chris Fanning
2018: 2A Benson, Yogi Wilson
2017: 5A Cienega, Eric Tatham
2017: 4A Canyon del Oro: Kelly Fowler
2017: 3A Empire, Shannon Woolridge
2017: 2A Benson, Yogi Wilson
2016: DII Ironwood Ridge, Rich Alday
2016: DIII Catalina Foothills, Mark Stevens
2016: DIV Pueblo, Curtis Ruiz
2015: DII Cienega, Eric Tatham
2015: DIII Empire, Shannon Woolridge
2014: DII Ironwood Ridge, Rich Alday
2014: DIV San Manuel, Deanne Brewer
2013: DIV San Manuel, Deanne Brewer
2012: DII Canyon del Oro, Stephanie Nicholson
2012: DIV Pusch Ridge, Bob Vance
2011: 4AI Canyon del Oro, Kelly Fowler
2011: 4AII Sahuarita, Chris Fanning
2011: 2A Benson, Manny Ellsworth
2010: 4AI Cienega, Eric Tatham
2010: 2A Willcox, Mike Patterson

TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS
4: Cienega
3: Benson
3: Canyon del Oro
3: Ironwood Ridge

THE PITCHERS (30 WINS)


Katie Sherman, Benson: 101-16 (849 K)
Lyana Waddell, San Manuel: 84-19 (542 K)
Tylor Gil, Santa Cruz: 66-25 (613 K)
Kayla Green, Cienega: 62-14 (440 K)
Brittany Woolridge: Empire: 61-5 (458 K)
Nic Conway, Catalina Foothills: 58-9 (924 K)
Yvette Alvarez, Sahuarita: 55-9 (538 K)
Lexy Coons, Sahuaro: 55-9 (595 K)
Jasmine Ayala, Sunnyside: 49-31 (421 K)
Kellye Springstead, Tanque Verde: 48-6 (550 K)
Emerald Grijalva, Nogales: 46-10 (284 K)
Kayla Haro, Benson: 46-10 (422 K)
Kendra Behr, Benson: 45-9 (347 K)
Jovanka Garcia, Valley Union: 44-10 (260 K)
Makayla McAdams, Ironwood Ridge: 39-9 (290 K)
Randi Longville, Canyon del Oro: 38-5 (170 K)
Brianna Aguilar: Salpointe: 38-12 (336 K)
Amya Legarra, Canyon del Oro: 37-11 (337 K)
Alyssa Aguilar, Salpointe: 36-6 (339 K)
Mariah Lopez, Cienega: 35-8 (215 K)
Alyssa Fletcher, Sabino: 35-12 (236 K)
Casey Cadenhead, Marana: 35-17 (258 K)
Ashlee Skillings, Sabino: 35-19 (403 K)
Gracie Mejia, Sahuarita: 36-8 (139 K)
Amber Leksell, Willcox: 34-22 (230 K)
Brooklyn Beardshear: Sahuaro: 33-14 (236 K)
Jordan Wengert, Marana: 33-14 (347 K)
Reanna Martinez¸ Desert View: 32-28 (552 K)
Lia Dominguez, Cienega: 30-12 (177 K)
Delfina Morales, Salpointe: 30-15 (275 K)
Jaden Romero, Empire: 30-15 (269 K)

THE SLUGGERS (17 HRs)


Tylor Gil, Santa Cruz: 51 HRs; 212 RBI; .569
Katie Faulk, Marana: 41 HRs; 140 RBI; .405
Carli Scupin, Tucson: 41 HRs; 117 RBI; .610
Emily Darwin, Benson: 36 HRs; 153 RBI; .566
Alyssa Cuellar, San Manuel: 33 HRs; 194 RBI; .501
Kristiana Watson, Amphitheater: 31 HRs; 105 RBI; .736
Alexis Kaiser, Canyon del Oro: 31 HRs; 132 RBI; .508
Kelsey Smith, Empire: 30 HRs; 159 RBI; .538
Isabel Pacho, Ironwood Ridge: 30 HRs; 149 RBI; .552
Ellessa Bonstrom, Canyon del Oro: 30 HRs; 130 RBI; 469
Melissa Mange, Rincon/UHS: 29 HRs; 124 RBI; .464
Solymar Navarro, Sahuarita: 28 HRs; 204 RBI; .451
Jazmine Ayala, Sunnyside: 26 HRs; 122 RBI; .457
Sarah Rodriguez, Ironwood Ridge: 25 HRs; 99 RBI; .422 (Stats unavailable for 2010)
Yvette Alvarez, Sahuarita: 24 HRs; 124 RBI; .425
Amanda Nicholas, Sahuaro: 24 HRs; 112 RBI; .369
Mia Trejo, Tucson: 24 HRs; 89 RBI; .495
Diana Montano, Salpointe; 24 HRs; 151 RBI; .427
Emmarae Wilson, Benson: 23 HRs; 157 RBI; .451
Felicia Medina; San Manuel: 22 HRs; 201 RBI; .562
Meli Villarreal, Valley Union: 22 HRs; 73 RBI; .585
Alexis Clinton, Ironwood Ridge: 21 HRs; 123 RBI; .452 (Stats unavailable for 2010)
Erin Satterfield, Ironwood Ridge: 21 HRs; 77 RBI; .468 (Stats unavailable for 2010)
Olivia Harden, Sahuaro: 21 HRs; 108 RBI; .396
Valerie Luera, Cienega: 21 HRs; 122 RBI; .429
Makenzie Sullivan, Canyon del Oro: 21 HRs; 118 RBI; .445
Emma Garbutt. Empire: 21 HRs; 136 RBI; .375
Samantha Nettling, Canyon del Oro: 20 HRs; 139 RBI; .459
Jasmin Lopez, Sahuaro: 19 HRs; 133 RB; .478
Kaitlyn Anderson, Cienega: 19 HRs; 112 RBI; .438
Annika Baez, Ironwood Ridge: 18 HRs; 131 RBI; .498
Anya Gonzalez, Canyon del Oro: 18 HRs; 84 RBI; .372
Samantha Kortsen, Willcox: 18 HRs; 81 RBI; .621
Breezy Hayward, Cienega: 18 HRs; 87 RBI; .517
Brooklyn Beardshear, Sahuaro: 17 HRs; 89 RBI; .356
Nikki Dunlap, Willcox: 17 HRs; 106 RBI; .521
Jessica Giacoma, Pusch Ridge: 17 HRs; 136 RBI; .496
Abby Workman, Benson: 17 HRs; 177; .588
Jaiden Reid, Ironwood Ridge: 17 HRs; 121 RBI; .423
Mattie Fowler, Canyon del Oro: 17 HRs; 91 RBI; .569 (Stats unavailable for 2010)
Kayla Bonstrom, Canyon del Oro: 12 HRs; 83 RBI; .565 (Stats unavailable for 2010 and 2012)

THE BASE STEALERS (60)


137: Deja Lee, Rincon/UHS
108: Kortney Haines, Valley Union
90: Samantha Kortsen, Willcox
89: Kelsey Jenkins, Sabino
87: Lauren Pernu, Tanque Verde
85: Reina Bondi, Ironwood Ridge
84: Merrilee Miller, Ironwood Ridge
80: Hailey Tanori, Sahuarita
77: Shelby Kennedy, Cienega
77: Taylor Lambert, Cienega
71: Taylor Lawson, Sahuaro
71: Abby Doughty, Cienega
65: Tazia Hernandez, Empire
63: Yannira Acuna, Salpointe

THE TEAMS

ACADEMY OF TUCSON
Kerri Anderson
Lexie Burns
Lexi Cleveland
Alexis Cruickshank
Carina Cruickshank
Caitlin Doster
Maddie Garcia
Shyanne Novak
Leah Simpson
Zaria Tebou
Calli Townsend
Graciela White

AMPHITHEATER
Alejandra Castro
Maggie Derksen
Kassidy Granillo
Teion Joseph
Vanessa King
Kayla Martinez
Monique McDonald
Yesenia Montoya
Faith Orton
Olivia Ridge
Kizzie Rogers
Victoria Tapia

BENSON
Hope Adams
Lexi Adams
Haley Choate
Kasey Fenn
Kyndal Fenn
Chelsey Layton
Stacie Ramirez
Stephanie Ramirez
Alicia Reynolds
Mikayla Wales

BISBEE
Yasmin Arias
Alani Chapman
Angelica Flores
Leslye Garcia
Kenia Graciano
Tori Lopez
Itzel Mares
Valerie McGinnis
Victoria McGinnis
Chelsey Ruiz
Gabby Still
Kylie Wilson

BUENA
Selah Broady
Lauren Brown
Brianna Campas
Cindy Chon
Jazmyn Gillian
Hailly Greenough
Kayleigh LeBlanc
Mikayla Osterman
Danielle Stensby
Caitlyn Syphurs
Kaitlin Wilson
Carissa Youngblood

CANYON DEL ORO
Alexis Alfonso
Carli Campbell
Briana Dohogne
Arianna Acedo
Dominique Gonzalez
Brenna Griesser
Kayla Henry
Heather Knight
Jenna Martinez
Halle Morris
Sammi Noland
Rebecca Ziegler

CATALINA
Vanessa Daniel
Amanda Earnhart
Darcy Earnhart
Kiana Garcia
Judith Gramajo
Andrea Hargis
Io Hatchell
Lilly Heritage
Grace Lopez
Eileen Lujan
Breanna Salt
Adrianna Tellez

CATALINA FOOTHILLS
Madison Alubowicz
Lexi Baldwin
Meera Benson
Gina Chiorazzi
Rylie Crane
Zoe Garcia
Megan Kelch
MJ Lawson
Kate Mason
Valerie Miner
Natalie Stevens
Jessica Todsen

CHOLLA
Angelica Ahumada
Aliya Alvarez
Tatianna Arriaga
Alyssa Cervantes
Arianna Espinoza
Bianca Haro
Dee Anna Long
Ali Montiel
Monet Ormsby
Mari Ruiz
Luisa Silvain
Summer Simpson

CIENEGA
Sarah Andrews
Blaise Biringer
Makena Brawley
Tori Brown
Shae Bushey
Miranda Carley
Alexa Cash
Melanie Cross
Mikaela Keiser
Bailey Pavelich
Emily Pohl
Stephanie Tatham

DESERT CHRISTIAN
Hannah Bjorgum
Lily Bowman
Dominique Castro
Lauren Craig
Sheylee Jones
Baylee Lehman
Aimee McGuire
Kylie Poplin
Lauren Radtke
Taylor Radtke
Courtney Tyra
Taylor Usry

DESERT VIEW
Arlett Arreola
Lesly Cazares
Marina Garcia
Marina Gomez
Serina Gutierrez
Marilynn Mariscal
Clarissa Moreno
Brianna Nieblas
Amaya Taiese
Gabriela Trejo
Klarissa Valdez
Ariana Vasquez

DOUGLAS
Janae Aleman
Lina Campbell
Yessika Galaz
Estevannie Rojas
Alondra Lugo
Shainah Nerio
Kimberly Salazar
Isabel Tanabe
Erika Tapia
Veronica Tartaglia
Renee Urrea
Victoria Valenzuela

EMPIRE
Vanessa Brink
Jadyn Duncan
Odalys Garcia-Peret
Noelle Kerr
Taylor Montgomery
Jessica Perry
Paige Peryer
Bailey Rominger
Emily Shreves
Kaelyn Smith
Gracie Taber
Sabrina Tebou

FLOWING WELLS
Angelica Antuñez
Arryanna Bracamonte
Courtney Brown
Tanna Cole
Savannah Ferguson
MJ Gill
Nevaeh Guillen
Mikaela Moyer
Isabella Rodriguez
Shaylee Sanders
Maricela Urquides
Clarissa Valencia

GREGORY SCHOOL
Grace Baranowski
Bev Bass
Jennie Bass
Alex Berman
Amanda Gamez
Alana Gonzales
Remy Matulewic
Riley Matulewic
Keely O’Brien
Jodi Rickel
Abriana Romero
Rachel Wilson

IRONWOOD RIDGE
Kelly Decker
MacKenzie Judge
Robin Landrith
Frankie Lucio
Diana Nisbett
Loriann Olson
Alexis Orth
Jaiden Reid
Emily Robinson
Erin Rocker
Sarah Rodriguez
Shelby Thompson

MARANA
Diondra Bodman
Jenna Bodman
Sierra Cuestas
Ashley Fields
Arianna Garcia
Kelsey Hawkins
Cheyenne Hudson
Kilie Lynn
Leila Rouhani
Kyana Vieux
Maddie Vieux
Laneya Wright

MOUNTAIN VIEW
Zaylie Calderon
Nikki Carpenter
Vanessa Carpenter
Chloe Cordova
Sarah Gaalswijk
Alyssa Lovato
Kailey Mellen
Dani Molinar
Jessica Niegocki
Jessica Sipe
Alex Van der Werf
Jordy Van der Werf

NOGALES
Arlette Cabrera
Alexis Cirerol
Paula Espinoza
Frances Estrada
Jessica Gradillas
Jackie Romero
Czarina Lorta
Karla Somoza
Bianca Tanori
Ariana Tintos
Angela Urquidez
Brianna Urquidez

PALO VERDE
Leanna Almeraz
Mireya Ayala
Arlene Castro
Mercedes Cuestas
Christina Gerlach
Mia Grijalva
Aaliyah Ortiz
Kiana Ortiz
Naidelyn Pacheco
Jaqueline Quintero
Jasmine Rodriguez
Annalisa Valles

PUEBLO
Alizea Corday
Vanessa Duarte
Samantha Gamez
Sierra Gaskill
Kamryn Gastelum
Brianna Gomez
Annaleah Joaquin
Alexis Molina
Danielle Ochoa
Nickole Robles
Ariana Ruiz
Rachelle Romero

PUSCH RIDGE
Kyrie Denny
Maddie Dowdle
Karli Frithsen
Lexi Frithsen
Victoria Graham
Shelby Harris
Rachel Majors
Sarah Majors
Maddison McGowan
Ashley Perdue
Kailey Rohne
Claire Van Stelle

RINCON/UHS
Amanda Allread
Maya Escobar
Angelina Camen
Melanie Ginther
Kaitlyn Grimes
Kelsey Jarecki
Alexa Ramos
Kenzie Rod
Veronica Sandoval
Bailey Tanner
Areili Valdez
Julia Vega

RIO RICO
Jasmine Aguilar
Hannah Barden
Marlee Baxter
Clarissa de la Ossa
Janice Garcia
Ariana Garcilazo
Briana Garcilazo
Alexis Garayzar
Abril Nerey
Kyrenna Nido
Paula Robles
Mia Rodriguez

SABINO
Riley Carley
Cassandra Castaneda
Shawna Comeaux
Shelby Diffenderfer
Sydney Gray
Danielle Kirchhofer
Callie McGarrigle
Taylor Riesgo
Kaity Sitzman
Hannah Stark
Justine Valles
Ashlen Vega

SAHUARO
Amy Bergeson
Ashley Bradford
Izzabela Goerke
Hannah Gradillas
Andie Larkins
Jasmin Lopez
Morgan McKeever
Brooklyn Misenhimer
Amy Pacheco
Ricca Parisella
Gina Snyder
Lauren Wedman

SAHUARITA
Heaven Acquart
Paityn Arrington
Maddie Bullington
Lyzette Creason
Alexa Delgado
Cheyenne Fox
Kianna Galindo
Brianna Hohenstein
Jessica Lozania
Claudia Martinez
Leah Salas
Sigourney Sanchez

SALPOINTE
Aleena Alexander
Allison Curtis
Hannah de Luna
Megan Flores
Avriana Jimenez
Erika Marquez
Kim McDaniels
Dominique Payne
Nicole Rascon
Malaea Rocha
Gabi Ruiz
Anne Scarangella

SAN MANUEL
Elyssia Aguilar
Nikki Baldenegro
Nicole Encinas
Beatrice Gomez
Mariah McBride
Noelle Medina
Kadi Monfred
Angela Navarro
Dionne Ruiz
Mireya Tamayo
Ashley Vargas
Jazmyne Waddell

SAN MIGUEL
Diomara Arvizu
Briauna Cruz
Marcella Fimbres
Cheyenne Hubbard
Savannah Hubbard
Korayma Lamadrid
Cassandra Loyola
Larissa Madril-Rivera
Nadia Rios
Amaris Rojo
Ylianna Salazar-Talavera
Alexis Vizzerra

SANTA CRUZ
Jordan Aleman
Mia Baldenegro
Wylee Crumbaker
Meriah Guanijanto
Deseray Macias
Arilena Martinez
Kaitlyn Matthias
Selena Meza
Madison Murray
Catherine Neal
Analisa Ramos
Kayla Robertson

SANTA RITA
Lyndsey Colvin
Suzette Cordova
Michelle Fatovich
Ariel Guyse
Alize Hunter
Keona Hunter
Khaleisha Lamay
Melissa Montano
Kaylen Pavelich
Sharayah Pocase
Priscilla Serrano
Kayla Strack
Alexis Veigel

ST. AUGUSTINE
Jessica Brink
Maria Burns
Adela Cruz
Colleen Feaman
Mariela Encinas
Hailey Freeman
Holly Halstead
Alyssa Miles
Jessica Reynolds
Caylee Robichaud
Destiny Ruiz
Samantha Walsh

ST. DAVID
Kayla Bradford
Kimbree Dillman
Ashlyn Goodman
Maddi Judd
Cyndal Mayberry
Mylee Mayberry
Brenna Merrill
Brenna Murray
Nicci Pacheco
Kiauna Richardson
Rylie Vargas
BreAnne Webb

SUNNYSIDE
Naidelyn Alvarez
Alexis Ayala
Jaden Espinoza
Victoria Hernandez
Viviana Orantez
Jokaira Paredes
Alexandria Reyes
Bobbi Jo Robles
Rebecca Rodriguez
Adriana Rosthenhausler
Gabriella Torres
Paola Zamacona

TANQUE VERDE
Cassidy Camp
Rianna Campagne
Makenna Clausen
Maddie Cooper
Savannah Gates
Brianna Griffiths
Kayla Eller
Nataly Perez
Ashlee Reardon
Amanda Springstead
Peyton Thompson
Talia Voutsas

TOMBSTONE
Shaynie Bristow
Shannon Brock
Gabby Chavez
Tammy Darlington
Abby Gonzales
Savannah Goodman
Cassidy Hancock
Marty Knurr
Justyne O’Sullivan
Haley Stites
Lillian Thompson
Myranda Zazueta

TUCSON HIGH
Analeisa Bejarano
Leighann Ballesteros
Vanezza Caldera
Alyssa Carpio
Rita Diaz
Araceli Peralta
Taylor Ramirez
Ana Rodriguez
Jaelyn Romo
Kelli Samorano
Romy Sandoval
Alyssa Trejo

VALLEY UNION
Marissa de la Cruz
Katie Essary
Jacqi Garcia
Jessica Garcia
Kim Hahn
Sara Hahn
Katelyn Landwerien
Gwendolyn Murphy
Mariah Puzzi
Beatrice Smith
Audra Stinson
Kodi Winkler

WALDEN GROVE
Carla Arena
Ahiza Carrillo
Samantha Enriquez
Mya Freund-Carbajal
Madison McGregor
Samantha Navarro
Nicole Poligala
Nicole Raygoza
Kit Sanders
Maria Torres-Cota
Christa Trebes
Isabel Trebes

WILLCOX
Tomi Abbi
Kelsey Ackerson
Gabby Acosta
Tapanga Alexander
Samantha Brown
Maddi Givens
Tayler Hale
Hope Lee
Adrienne Machiche
Kaitlyn Patterson
Adriana Sinohui
Maddy Tunks

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Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014, he was awarded the Ray McNally Award in 2017, a 2019 AZ Education News award winner and he has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. He was the first in Arizona to write about high school beach volleyball and high school girls wrestling. 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 is the Southern Arizona voting member of the Ed Doherty Award, recognizing the top football player in Arizona, and he was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Andy was named an Honorary Flowing Wells Caballero in 2019. Contact Andy Morales at amoralesmytucson@yahoo.com

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