Softball Playoffs Roundup: Sunnyside advances to face 5A No. 1 seed Willow Canyon

No. 9 Sunnyside 14, No. 8 Gilbert 2 (5 innings)

Sunnyside freshman ace pitcher Tatyana Vega had three hits (including a home run and a double) and six RBIs and she struck out eight batters in the Blue Devils’ win Saturday in five innings over host Gilbert in the 5A state playoff first-round game.

The No. 9 Blue Devils (22-9) will play at No. 1 seed Surprise Willow Canyon (28-2) in the next round Tuesday at 4 p.m.

Sunnyside leadoff hitter Natalya Rivera went 3 for 3 with three runs and an RBI in the win over Gilbert.

Lauryn Carbajal also went 3 for 4 with two runs for the Blue Devils, who have won 11 of their last 12 games.


No. 2 Tucson 9, No. 15 Tolleson 3

Jorgina Gant struck out seven batters in 5 1/3 innings and Ariana Camen and Camilia Zepeda each had three hits to lead the Badgers’ 11-hit attack in a 6A state playoffs first-round game.

Zepeda, who hit a home run, finished with three RBIs. Julissa Lopez also went 1 for 2 with two RBIs.

No. 2-seeded Tucson (25-3-1) next plays No. 7 Basha (19-9) on Wednesday at home at 4 p.m.


No. 3 Catalina Foothills 12, No. 14 Gila Ridge 2 (5 innings)

Kyrie Denny struck out five and scattered five hits in five innings and leadoff batter Rylie Crane produced three RBIs to lead the Falcons in the 5A state playoffs first-round game.

Lauren Sizemore also went 2 for 3 with two runs and two RBIs while Samantha Dougherty and Madison Hairgrove each had two RBIs.

Catalina Foothills (22-7) next hosts No. 6 Cactus Shadows (19-5-1) on Tuesday at 4 p.m. Cactus Shadows defeated No. 11 Cienega 10-0 in five innings Saturday.

No. 6 Cactus Shadows 10, No. 11 Cienega 0 (5 innings)

The Bobcats were limited to three hits by Cactus Shadows’ Bailey Day, who had two strikeouts and two walks in the 5A first-round game.

Cienega finished its season with a 17-13 record.


No. 1 Salpointe 6, No. 16 Notre Dame Prep 0

Gianna Mares struck out 17 batters and allowed only two hits in her complete-game performance for the host Lancers in the first-round playoff game.

Mares also went 2 for 3 with a triple as part of the Lancers’ nine-hit attack.

Jordan Johnson went 2 for 3 with a triple, home run and two RBIs.

The top-seeded Lancers (27-2) next host No. 8 Bradshaw Mountain (15-4) on Tuesday at 6 p.m.

No. 3 CDO 11, No. 14 Prescott 1 (5 innings)

Julia Holt and Destanee Nez combined on a two-hitter and Naya Campos finished with four RBIs including a home run in the 4A first-round playoff game.

Holt, who belted a three-run triple, pitched the first inning before Nez worked the rest of the way in the circle. Nez struck out seven batters with only one walk in her four innings.

Isabella Beauchamp went 2 for 2 with a run and RBI and Zaedi Tagalog hit a triple and scored a run.

The No. 3 Dorados (30-3) next host No. 6 Sahuarita (26-5-1) on Tuesday at 4 p.m.

No. 6 Sahuarita 4, No. 11 Saguaro 0

Freshman Brenna Figueroa scattered four hits in seven innings with three strikeouts and only one walk in the Mustangs’ 4A first-round playoff game.

Mallory Wrobel hit a two-run double with one out in the first inning to give Sahuarita a 2-0 lead.

The third run of the inning scored on an error and Sahuarita tacked on another run in the sixth on a passed ball.

No. 5 Coconino 6, No. 12 Pueblo 1

Pueblo’s Belen Camacho struck out nine and walked only one in her six innings but the Warriors came up short in the 4A first-round game.

Freshman Anesa Castillo went 2 for 2 for the Warriors, who finished the season 13-11.


No. 18 Tanque Verde 18, No. 15 Kingman 1

Tanque Verde’s Jessica Thompson struck out 14 with only one walk and she scattered four hits in seven innings and she went 5 for 5 with two doubles and five runs in the 3A playoff play-in game at Kingman.

The Hawks tallied 19 hits with three players, including Thompson, compiling at least four hits.

Leadoff batter Kaityln McLaughlin went 4 for 5 with two runs and two RBIs and Hannah Haggard finished 4 for 4 with three runs and two RBIs.

Natalie Stribling had two hits including a double and drove in four runs.

The No. 18 Hawks (14-12) next play at No. 3 Page (20-8) in a first-round game Tuesday at 4 p.m.

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