Benson Softball Standout Emily Darwin to play for Yavapai

Emily Darwin (Desert Thunder Photo)

Emily Darwin has a career batting average of .579 with 42 career home runs, 11 triples, 34 doubles and 172 RBI. She is part of a state softball championships, a runner-up finish and she also managed to score over 1,000 points in basketball for the Bobcats and…. she is approaching 600 kills in volleyball. Darwin is the definition of a multi-sport athlete.

Her Desert Thunder club coach Shannon Woolridge announced her commitment to play softball for Yavapai earlier today.

“Tons of untapped potential,” Woolridge said. “Now that she has decided she wants to focus on playing at the collegiate level, Emily’s skills will develop exponentially at a rapid pace. Yavapai has a future D1 prospect on their hands. Emily is also an exemplary teammate and a fierce competitor. If she gets denied, she will figure it out!”

Benson’s Emily Darwin scored over 1,000 career points in basketball. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

Since 2010, only Tylor Gil of Santa Cruz (51) and Carlie Scupin of Tucson (44) have hit more career home runs. Had the 2020 season not been cancelled, Scupin might have hit close to 60 before she headed off to play for the University of Arizona. Now, 60 home runs is within reach for Darwin.

Alexis Garayzar (Nogales) and Alyssa Carpio (Tucson) are on the 2020 Roughrider roster.

(BW Creative)


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 and he is a member of the Amphi COVID-19 Blue Ribbon Committee. Contact Andy Morales at amoralesmytucson@yahoo.com

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