Empire softball holds ring ceremony


The Empire softball team held a ring ceremony last Thursday night (Courtesy)

The Empire softball team held a ring ceremony last Thursday night (Courtesy)

Empire went 30-5 this past spring to capture the program’s first team championship. The Ravens outscored their opponents 24-6 in the postseason including a 6-3 win over Payson in the Division III state championship game.

Seniors Brittany Woolridge (A&M-Commerce), Tazia Hernandez (Pima) and Bailey Rominger (Pima) have accepted college offers.

Woolridge, Hernandez, Rominger, Jessica Perry, Noelle Kerr and Paige Peryer were named to the D-II All-State Team. Head coach Shannon Woolridge was named State Small-School Coach of the Year.

Woolridge was also named Southern Arizona Coach of the Year regardless of division or school size. Brittany Woolridge and Hernandez were named to the All-Southern Arizona Team regardless of division or school size.

Emma Garbutt was named Southern Arizona D-III Freshman of the Year and she was joined by Emylee Perry on the All-Southern Arizona Freshman Team.

Empire Team Leaders
Wins: Brittany Woolridge (20-1)
Strikeouts: Woolridge (148)
Average: Tazia Hernandez (.649)
Hits: Hernandez (74)
RBI Bailey Rominger (42)
Doubles: Jessica Perry (12)
Triples: Hernandez, Rominger (2)
Home runs: Emma Garbutt (4)
Stolen bases: Hernandez (25)

Empire Roster
00, Emylee Perry, Fr.
3, Madison Hodges, Jr.
4, Kailey Batterham, So.
5, Paige Peryer, Sr.
6, Lily Shreves, So.
7, McKenzie Kirkland, So.
8, Alaissa Figueroa, Sr.
10, Tazia Hernandez, Sr.
13, Elysa Rodriguez, Jr.
15, Jadyn Duncan, So.
16, Emma Garbutt, Fr.
24, Jaden Romero, Fr.
25, Angela Candito, Sr.
26, Noelle Kerr, So.
28, Hannah Brink, Fr.
35, Jessica Perry, Jr.
44, Brittany Woolridge, Sr.
88, Bailey Rominger, Sr
Coach: Shannon Woolridge


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Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014 and has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. 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, on and on the pages of the Vail Voice and the Tanque Verde Voice. Contact Andy Morales at


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