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Frog & Firkin Softball Playoffs Roundup: Tucson High Upsets Xavier Behind Scupin’s Two Home Runs

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.

Carlie Scupin (Javier Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

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.

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.

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