2024 Softball

No. 10 Tucson beats No. 2 Basha to stay alive in 6A state playoffs

Tucson’s Jiselle Nuñez, who hit two home runs, leads the cheers after the Badgers beat Basha in a 6A elimination-bracket game (Tucson High photo)

No. 10 Tucson used two home runs by Jiselle Nuñez and the fortitude of ace Jorgina Gant in the circle to upset No. 2 Chandler Basha 7-6 on Saturday at Mesa’s Quail Run Park to advance to the the 6A elimination-bracket quarterfinal round.

The Badgers (26-7) will play No. 7 Phoenix Pinnacle (25-5) on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Quail Run Park.

The winner plays No. 3 Queen Creek (25-4) in a semifinal game Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Quail Run Park.

Tucson prevailed Saturday against Basha after holding on to a 5-1 lead going into the bottom of the fifth.

Basha cut the lead to 5-4 after the sixth inning.

Nuñez belted her second two-run home run of the game in the seventh inning to increase the lead to 7-4.

Basha’s Cailin Quinney hit a two-run home run with no outs in the bottom of the seventh to cut the lead to 7-6.

Gant, who worked out of a bases-loaded situation in the sixth, retired the last three batters in the seventh to close the game.

Gant (11-2) struck out seven and walked three in seven innings.

Nuñez finished 2 for 4 with two home runs, two runs and four RBIs.

Ariana Camen, Alyssa Torres and Alma Teilon also each had two hits. Torres and Teilon also had one RBI apiece.

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