2024 Softball

Mica Mountain, eight other Southern Arizona softball teams advance in state playoffs

Mica Mountain celebrates its 11-0 win in five innings over Scottsdale Saguaro in the first round of the 4A state playoffs (Javier Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

The 4A Kino and Gila regions sent six softball teams to the state playoffs and four of them — No. 3 CDO, No. 4 Salpointe, No. 7 Mica Mountain and No. 11 Sahuarita — advanced to the second round that takes place Tuesday at 4 p.m.

The rest of the playoffs include an elimination bracket.

CDO (30-2) will host Sahuarita (26-5) while Mica Mountain (19-7) will play at No. 2 Arcadia (27-4-1).

An opponent is still to be determined that will travel to Salpointe (27-3). The Lancers will play either No. 12 Tempe Marcos de Niza or No. 5 Flagstaff Coconino (those teams played at 4 p.m. on Saturday at Coconino).

Mica Mountain defeated No. 10 Scottsdale Saguaro 11-0 in five innings on Saturday behind the pitching of sophomore Acelynn-Rose Heston and batting of senior third baseman Mia Garcia.

Heston improved to 16-5 with a 1.58 ERA by limiiting the Sabercats to two hits while striking out seven and walking none. She has 205 strikeouts with only 10 walks in 137 2/3 innings this season.

She also helped her cause at the plate, going 2 for 2 with an RBI.

Garcia went 2 for 3 with a two-run triple and two-run double.

Violet Redondo and Shaylee Fuell each had two hits and two runs.


6A: No. 7 Pinnacle 13, No. 10 Tucson 10

Tucson had a 10-4 leading going to the bottom of the sixth inning but couldn’t hold on. … Jiselle Nunez went 4 for 5 with a double and two runs, Ariana Camen was 2 for 4 with two runs and four RBIs and Jaliyah Grigsby tripled and force in a run.

6A: No. 12 Sunnyside 10, No. 5 Highland 4

Tatyana Vega picked up the complete-game victory striking out nine while walking two and allowing six hits and one earned run. She also went 3 for 4 with a double, home run, two runs and two RBIs. … Lauryn Carbajal went 3 for 4 with a home run, two runs and three RBIs. … Leylanni Lopez and Gabriela Morales each had two hits.

5A: No. 5 Cienega 8, No. 12 Ironwood Ridge 0

Cienega’s Maya Fimbres and Kylie Bristol combined on a two-hitter. Fimbres, the starter, allowed one hit in 5 2/3 innings with four strikeouts and no walks. … Andreca Garcia, Kaeliann Glass and Isabel Mendoza combined for five of the Bobcats’ 10 hits. … Garcia had a double and triple.

5A: No. 10 Mountain View 3, No. 7 Williams Field 2

Mountain View ace Arianna Figueroa allowed four hits in seven innings while striking out 10 and walking six. … The Mountain Lions built a 3-0 lead going to the bottom of the sixth inning. Clarissa Figueroa hit a double and later scored on a fielder’s choice in the first inning. Clarissa Figuero also had an RBI double as part of a two-run rally in the fifth. … After Williams Field rallied for two runs in the bottom of the sixth, Arianna Figueroa got the last two batters to strike out and pop out. … With the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh inning, she struck out the final batter.

4A: No. 3 Canyon del Oro 11, No. 14 Deer Valley 0

Destanee Nez and Amelia Streuber combined on a five-inning no-hitter. Nez pitched three innings and struck out five while walking two and Streuber had three strikeouts with no walks. … Nez also had a two-run single. … Emma Shaffer, Sammy Hudgens, Jacey Mazura and Malayah Renteria each had two hits.

4A: No. 4 Salpointe 3, No. 13 Prescott 0

Macee Jackson pitched a one-hitter with 15 strikeouts and two walks for the Lancers. … Jordan Goedel had two hits, including a double, with an RBI. … Alma Garcia had an RBI single.

4A: No. 11 Sahuarita 11, No. 6 AZ College Prep 1

Sahuarita’s leadoff batter Brenna Figueroa went 2 for 3 with a home run, two runs and four RBIs. … Jayd Villa scattered seven hits in the circle with a strikeout and no walks. Villa also went 1 for 3 at the plate with two RBIs, including a home run. … Kealey Myhre and McKayla Fackler also hit homered. … Emily Donia had two hits.

3A: No. 7 Empire 18, No. 10 Crismon 0

Kendall Freidinger allowed one hit in the five-inning victory. She struck out 14 with no walks. … Megan Faunce hit two home runs and produced seven RBIs. … Abby Zsitvay and Angelina Dehler also each hit home runs.

3A: No. 11 Tanque Verde 7, No. 6 Winslow 4

The Hawks scored four runs all with two outs in the top of the fifth to pull away after the game was tied at 3. … After the first two batters were out, Emily Ryan started the rally with a single. After Claire Achilles singled, two errors allowed Ryan to come home to give the Hawks a 4-3 lead. Two more errors on the next play allowed Achilles to score. Sara Hoagland and Gabby Fukunaga each followed with an RBI single to give Tanque Verde a 7-3 lead. Hoagland and Fukunaga each had two RBIs. … Winslow scored one more run in the bottom of the sixth.

3A: No. 5 Yuma Catholic 8, No. 12 Sabino 1

Sabino’s four-year run as 3A state champions came to an end with the loss at Yuma Catholic. … Sariah Ferrentino had two hits and Avery Nielson had an RBI single for the Sabercats.

4A: No. 2 Arcadia 4, No. 15 Walden Grove 1
4A: No. 1 Eastmark 6, No. 16 Douglas 0
2A: No. 7 Phoenix Christian 13, No. 10 Willcox 8
2A: No. 6 Mohave Accelerated 5, No. 11 Tombstone 4
2A: No. 11 Heritage 13, No. 15 Benson 2
1A: No. 3 Williams 21, No. 14 Valley Union 8

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