Southern Arizona softball, baseball and volleyball recap

May 3, 2018 by Andy Morales, AZPreps365

Alyssa Aguilar got the win for Salpointe (Andy Morales/


No. 3 Flowing Wells run-ruled No. 7 Buena 10-0 in six innings Thursday night to advance to the third round of the 5A Elimination Bracket where the Caballeros will play No. 6 Notre Dame on Monday, May 7 at Tempe Diablo Stadium. Notre Dame beat Flowing Wells 16-8 in the second round of the state playoffs to send the Caballeros to the Elimination Bracket.

The Caballeros scored four runs in the bottom of the fourth against the Colts and never looked back. Brock Barkhurst went 3-for-3 with two RBI, Elias Avenente went 3-4 with two RBI, Noah Estrella went 2-3 with an RBI, Andres Holguin went 2-2 with a double and two RBI and Simon Boggie had an RBI double to lead the Caballeros.

Juan Pablo Ruedaflores threw four innings for Flowing Wells and he gave up one hit and collected five strikeouts. Noah Estrella threw the final two innings. Jarod Shilt went 2-2 for Buena.

In 6A softball playoffs, No. 10 Tucson and No. 3 O’Connor were tied 3-3 heading to the bottom of the fourth but the Eagles scored four runs in the inning for the 7-3 margin of victory in the elimination game. Freshman Rylee Holtorf went 2-3 with a double, a home run and four RBI to lead the Eagles. Lela Allen went 2-3 with an RBI and Grace Lyons went 2-3. Freshman Madelynne Youngblood picked up the win.

Alyssa Carpio had a home run and two RBI to lead the Badgers, Iliana Mendoza had an RBI and Yecenia Urcadez hit a double. Carpio and Carlie Scupin saw pitching action for the Badgers.

In 5A softball action, No. 3 Cienega beat No. 7 Verrado 10-0 in six innings and No. 8 Ironwood Ridge took care of No. 4 Chaparral 5-0. Cienega and Ironwood Ridge earned a week of rest and will play next in the semifinal round on May 10 at the Rose Mofford Complex in Phoenix. The two teams are on opposite sides of the bracket and can only meet in the conference final set for May 14 at ASU Stadium.

The Bobcats jumped out to a 2-0 lead over Verrado and slowly pulled away from there and capped off the victory with a walk-off home run from Breezy Hayward, one out after Kaitlyn Anderson hit a 3-run shot to put Cienega up 9-0. Hayward went 3-4 with two RBI, Anderson went 2-3 with a home run, a double and four RBI, Peyton McLaughlin had an RBI double and Blaise Biringer went 2-4. Mariah Lopez went the distance and picked up eight strikeouts for the win.

Reina Tsuma finished 2-3 to lead Verrado at the plate and Reina Kelley took the circle for the Vipers.

Ironwood Ridge and Chaparral played three scoreless innings but a grand slam from Diana Nisbett in the top of the fourth proved all the Nighthawks would need. The team added another run in the seventh for the 5-0 victory.

The Nighthawks were limited to four hits in the game but it was one of the four intentional walks issued to University of Arizona commit Isabel Pacho that helped set the table for Nisbett. Pacho drew an intentional walk to lead off the inning and Jaiden Reid followed that up with a single. Emma Almodoba singled one out later to set the table for Nisbett. Jaiden Reid picked up the other RBI for the Nighthawks.

Frankie Lucio collected 10 strikeouts for the win.

No. 5 Salpointe beat No. 1 Canyon del Oro 5-4 in the 4A bracket. The Lancers advance to the semifinal round and the Dorados will take on No. 9 Coconino in an elimination game on Tuesday. The Dorados beat Coconino 8-3 in the second round.

Amya Legarra knocked in Hope Banales on a fielder’s choice in the bottom of the first to put the Dorados up early but Diana Montano singled in Yannira Acuña to tie game up 1-1 in the third. Acuña collected an RBI in the fourth to put the Lancers up 2-1 and then Anjolee Aguilar-Beaucage picked up an RBI with two outs and another run scored on a throw to make it 4-1.

Kaylani Felix picked up an RBI in the fourth to cut the lead down to 4-2 and then Alexis Kaiser tied the game up 4-4 on two RBI in the bottom of the fifth.

Aguilar-Beaucage doubled to lead off the top of the seventh and Montano put down a bunt to sacrifice her over to third base where Kim McDaniels picked up the game-winning RBI on a sacrifice fly. Down 5-4, Ellessa Bonstrom doubled to lead off the bottom of the seventh but Alyssa Aguilar collected three outs to end the threat.

Aguilar got the win for the Lancers and Legarra took the loss for the Dorados. Acuña went 3-3 with a double and an RBI to help lead the Lancers, Giselle Muñoz went 3-4 and Aguilar-Beaucage went 2-4 with a double and two RBI, Bonstrom went 3-4 with two doubles to lead the Dorados, Kaiser went 2-4 with two RBI and Miia Campos and Hope Banales both hit doubles.

Tucson, Rincon/University, Sahuaro, Canyon del Oro and Pueblo came out on top in the Boys Volleyball Play-In Tournament on Thursday night. The Volleyball Bracket Show will be streamed live at 11:30 a.m. on Friday.

Cris Lopez collected 21 kills, 15 digs and nine assists to help the Badgers sweep Mountain Ridge 3-0 (25-15, 25-17, 25-15).


Amy Legarra (Andy Morales/