Mountain View over Catalina Foothills in early softball battle

Catalina Foothills freshman Madison Hairgrove. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson)


….The Mountain Lions beat Catalina Foothills 6-3 Thursday night to remain one of the hopefuls when the first set of power rankings get released on April 8 but the season is long with plenty more obstacles in the way. Catalina Foothills dropped to 0-3 on the year with Salpointe (3-0), Empire (2-2) and Ironwood Ridge (4-1) on the horizon. Things won’t get an easier for the Falcons but it’s also an opportunity to turn things around for the very young squad.

Mountain View plated three runs in the bottom of the second inning after Nalani Cordova reached, Deborah Wallace singled and JoLynn Niegocki followed with a double to score both runners. Ysela Gradillas knocked in Niegocki on an infield hit for the third run.

The Mountain Lions added three more in the bottom half of the third after Makayla Morales walked, Kenzie Barney singled and Talia Martin knocked them both in one batter later. Martin would score later in the inning on a passed ball to make it 6-0.

The Falcons cut the Mountain View lead in half in the top of the sixth after Rylie Crane singled and Lauren Sizemore doubled her in. Molly Brunell brought in Sizemore two outs later and then Alli Wilt picked up an RBI but that was as close as the Falcons would get….


Lora Ormsby. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson)


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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