Softball: Campo Verde, HRs dominate Mesquite, 9-3

April 20, 2017 by Les Willsey, AZPreps365

Campo Verde's softball team blasted three home runs and amassed 14 hits Thursday night in takiing the measure of region and city rival Mesquite, 9-3, at Campo Verde High.

The win assures Campo Verde (14-16, 5-2 region) a share of the 5A San Tan Region title. The teams meet again Friday night at Mesquite where Campo can claim the region crown outright with a win. A loss leaves the teams tied for the top spot. The tie-breaker in that case would go beyond head-to-head (a split) and go to Mesquite with a better record against 5A conference opponents. Mesquite is 17-11, 4-3 region.

Both teams are in good shape qualifying for play-in games to the state tournament. Campo Verde began the day No. 21 and Mesquite was 13th. A Campo win Friday takes away any intrigue as to whether or not it qualifies for postseason since region champs automatically gain a berth.

Campo Verde pitcher Myka Sutherlin played a huge part in the victory. She had a two-hit shutout working the first five innings and finished allowing five hitsin going the distance. She walked one and struck out eight. Sutherlin got the Coyotes out quickly lifting a solo homer to left as the leadoff hitter in the bottom of the first. Sutherlin was 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI.

Also cranking out home runs for Campo were Miranda Alavarez (second inning) and Brandi Wilson (fifth inning). Wilson was 2-for-2 and walked twice. Campo shortstop Alicia Leighty was 3-for-3, including two doubles, a walk and three RBI. Brenna Scudellari also had two hits. Campo dealt Mesquite pitcher Taylor Cullen just her second loss this season. Cullen is 14-2.

Caroline Chilton led Mesquite with two hits and Fallon Dragich drove in two runs with a seventh-inning single.