Tucson Badger Softball Classic
Cherry Field: March 17-18
FRIDAY, MARCH 18
No. 4 Sunnyside 13, No. 5 Mountain View 2
No. 6 Marana 6, No. 3 Pueblo 4
No. 2 Catalina Foothills 10, No. 7 Tanque Verde 4
No. 1 Tucson 13, Sunnyside 0
No. 2 Catalina Foothills 12, No. 6 Marana 2
Tucson 7, Catalina Foothills 2
Catalina Foothills jumped out to a 2-0 lead over Tucson in the top of the first inning of the Badger Classic Championship game Friday night at Cherry Field but the Badgers responded with three runs in the bottom half of the inning and four more in the fifth for the 7-2 victory.
Lauren Sizemore doubled to score Addison Levine, who was running for Kyrie Denny, and then Nicole Lane scored Sizemore for the early 2-0 lead. Yami Villa cut the lead in half with a leadoff home run for the Badgers in the bottom of the first, Ariana Camen singled and then Camila Zepeda hit a 2-run shot for the 3-2 lead.
Villa got things going for Tucson again in the fifth with a leadoff single and then Camen picked up an RBI and Zepeda singled to put two on. Marina Chacon hit an infield RBI two outs later and Jiselle Nunez ended the scoring with an RBI double to make it 7-2.
Sizemore finished with two doubles and Molly Brunell went 2 for 3 for the Falcons. Denny got the start for the Falcons and she collected 7 strikeouts including a string of four in a row. Madison Hairgrove also saw action in the circle for Catalina Foothills.
Genesis Zazueta and Ivangelina Cota took the circle for the Badgers. Zepeda went 3-4 with a home run, double and 2 RBI, Villa went 2-3 with her home run, Camen went 2-2 with an RBI double, and Nunez went 1-2 with a double.
Tucson is 3-0 in power-ranking games and the team will host Cienega (3-2) on Monday to resume regular season play. Catalina Foothills (5-0) has a break and the Falcons will visit Ironwood Ridge (2-4) on March 29 to open up 5A Sonoran Region play.
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