Avery Nielson picked up right where her big sister Riley left off the previous two seasons at Sabino High School by being the ace pitcher in another state-championship run this year.
Avery, a sophomore right-hander, led the Sabercats (30-3) to their fourth consecutive state title and sixth overall with her complete-game win over Empire on May 20.
She allowed five hits with eight strikeouts and five walks in the win, improving her to 19-1.
She finished the season with a 1.23 ERA in 113 2/3 innings. She had 160 strikeouts and 40 walks.
In the month of May, Avery was 4-0 with a 0.57 ERA with 45 strikeouts and seven walks in 24 2/3 innings. Her performance in the month and her victory in the state championship earns her the Jet Sports Training Athlete of the Month for May.
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