Desert Mountain Softball Invite update

March 15, 2017 by Les Willsey, AZPreps365

Unbeaten Pinnacle leads seven unbeaten teams after Day 2 of the 20th Desert Mountain Softball Invitational at Horizon Park in Scottsdale.

Pinnacle completed its non-bracket games on Wednesday with a 4-0 mark and is 15-0 for the season. The Pioneers have outscored their four tournament opponents 47-1.

Also undefeated thus far are Mountain Ridge (3-0), Hamilton (2-0), Desert Vista (2-0), Chaparrral (2-0), Ironwood Ridge (2-0) and Ponahou HI (2-0). The top eight teams in the tournament's power-ranking system qualify for the championship bracket play. Any team that posts a 4-0 record automatically qualifies for the Gold Bracket, even if their power-ranking total is less than say a 3-1 team.

Thursday is the last day of non-bracket play and the three brackets (Gold - 8 teams, Silver - 8 teams and Bronze - 4 teams) will be sorted out late Thursday night.

The current unofficial power-ranking totals per the tournament formula (4 points for every victory and an additional point for every victory of your four non-bracket opponents):

Pinnacle 19, Mountain Ridge 15, Hamilton 13, Basha 13, Ironwood Ridge 12, Punahou HI 12, Desert Vista 12, Chaparral 12, Chandler 12, Shadow Ridge 12, Horizon 10, Corona del Sol 10, Sahuaro 10, Red Mountain 7, Millennium 7, Highland 7, Centennial 6, Queen Creek 6, Campo Verde 6, Desert Mountain 6.

Here are Wednesday's results and the schedule for Thursday (March 16), the final day of non-bracket play:


Desert Vista 6, Shadow Ridge 5; Horizon 10, Highland 5; Shadow Ridge 10, Centennial 2; Chaparral 13, Campo Verde 1; Chandler 8, Queen  Creek 0; Corona del Sol 12, Highland 5; Basha 10, Red Mountain 4; Pinnacle 12, Millennium 0; Punahou HI 10, Queen Creek 1; Pinnacle 21, Red Mountain 1; Basha 19, MIllennium 8, Punahou HI 9, Desert Mountain1; Mountain Ridge 8, Corona del Sol 7.

THURSDAY MARCH 16 SCHEDULE (All games at Horizon Park)

1 p.m. -- Red Mountain vs. Millennium, Hamilton vs. Mountain Ridge, Corona del Sol vs. Horizon. 3 p.m. -- Red Mountain vs. Sahuaro, Desert Vista vs. Chaparral, Ironwood Ridge vs. Queen Creek, Hamilton vs. Highland. 5 p.m. -- Sahuaro vs. Millennium, Campo Verde vs. Centennial, Punahou HI vs. Ironwood Ridge. 7 p.m. -- Shadow Ridge vs. Chaparral, Desert Vista vs. Centennial, Desert Mountain vs. Queen Creek, Chandler vs. Punahou, HI.