Tucson Badger Softball Invitational
Mar. 16-19: Cherry Field
Tucson exploded for six runs in the bottom of the fourth to break open a pitching duel between Nic Conway and Mia Trejo. Held hitless in the first three innings, the Badgers went on to win the championship of the Badger Classic 10-1.
The Falcons got on the scoreboard first after Micayla Brooke reached on a bunt with two outs and Marisa Garcia knocked her in two batters later. The hit by Brooke ended Trejo’s bid for a no-hitter but Romy Sandoval would do the same for the Badgers in the bottom of the fourth.
Sandoval did not play her usual infield position due to illness but the senior was placed in the DH spot on the lineup and the move played off big time.
“I felt sick all day so it was decided that I would DH this game,” Sandoval explained. “I couldn’t help defensively so I tried to do my job on offense.”
Not only did Sandoval breakup Conway’s no-hitter, which led to six runs in the fourth, she connected on a 2-run homer in the sixth to cap the scoring. When it was all over, Sandoval finished 3-4, scored three times and hit the 2-run home run.
Conway had guided the Falcons through six straight games with each being decided by two runs or less. In the end, the sophomore standout hit a wall after giving everything she had all week.
“We battled hard and really worked and never gave up,” Catalina Foothills head coach Mark Stevens said, “Nic did a fantastic job and pitched almost every inning for us. My catcher (Kathryn Lucio), who is usually my first baseman, caught every inning.”
Trejo went on to record nine strikeouts for Tucson, giving up the one unearned run and three hits.
For Tucson, Vanezza Caldera went 2-3 with a 2-RBI double but Sandoval also felt freshman Alyssa Carpio deserved a lot of credit for the win.
“Our team is young and I thanked Alyssa every inning for how she played third base for me,” Sandoval added.
Wednesday, March 16
Buena 11, Cholla 1
Desert View 4, Empire 3
Catalina Foothills 7, Rincon/UHS 6
Vista Grande 4, Flowing Wells 3
Tucson 6, Pueblo 1
Rio Rico 12, Marana 5
Thursday, March 17
Empire 11, Marana 8
Sunnyside 1, Cholla 0
Marana 11, Pueblo 7
Tucson 12, Empire 3
Sunnyside 12, Flowing Wells 2
Sunnyside 11, Cholla 0
Pueblo 13, Rincon 10
Rincon 14, Cholla 0
Desert View 7, Vista Grande 3
Buena 4, Rio Rico 1
Catalina Foothills 3, Desert View 1
Friday, March 18
Pueblo 11, Flowing Wells 1
Tucson 9, Cholla 3
Tucson 14, Flowing Wells 4
Rio Rico 2, Rincon 1
Empire 4, Buena 0
Marana 9, Desert View 8
Catalina Foothills 3, Vista Grande 2
Rio Rico 5, Sunnyside 1
Buena 2, Catalina Foothills 1
Vista Grande 11, Sunnyside 4
Saturday, March 19
No. 4 Catalina Foothills 2, No. 5 Vista Grande 1
No. 6 Desert View 7, No. 3 Rio Rico 6
No. 7 Sunnyside 5, No. 2 Buena 4
Catalina Foothills 1, Sunnyside 0
No. 1 Tucson 4, Desert View 3
Tucson 10, Catalina Foothills 1
No. 11 Rincon 2, No. 10 Pueblo 1
No. 9 Marana 10, No. 12 Flowing Wells 1
No. 8 Empire 5, No. 13 Cholla 1
Marana 6, Rincon 3
Empire 5, Marana 3
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