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Spring sprang, and now summer has set in.
David Greer paced around his classrooms at Desert Mountain on Tuesday, anxiously awaiting the start of the Division I baseball state championship game.
Division I baseball state championship game
Never a doubt.
A quick breakdown of Monday night's Division I softball state championship matchup between No. 14 Chaparral and No. 6 Red Mountain:
In this dugout is the three-time defending state champions of softball, with a significant portion of the 2012 title team playing prominent roles again. Red Mountain is a No. 6 seed oozing with confidence, has gotten lights-out pitching from junior ace Bre Macha, went through the winner's bracket for a second consecutive year and outscored its opponents 30-4 in this tournament, including a win over its next opponent.
How many times can a team keep doing this?
It took a black-and-blue kind of semifinal battle between Mountain View and Chaparral to set up an all-red-and-black championship game in the Division I girls softball state tournament.
Maybe the hat on Sam Messina’s head is less about uniform attire and more to cover the continuous discoloration of his hair.
Chaparral southpaw ace Dallas McBride was a bit wild early on, but didn’t flinch.
The Chaparral Firebirds broke open a scoreless game on a bases-loaded error at the plate as pitcher Dallas McBride held off the Mountain Ridge Mountain Lions for a 2-0 win in its elimination game Tuesday.
I have to admit that this column is going to have few readers. For one thing, here is the only mention it will have of the name Jodi Arias. That’s it. Sorry.
The Chaparral baseball team isn’t quite ready to give up on its dream of a third consecutive state title.
Winning the first set in five of six matches, the Xavier girls tennis team set the stage early for a repeat of its Div. I state championship on Saturday.
Keep it simple. Easy, right?
If anybody was figuring that the Red Mountain softball run would end after three years, think again.
On Thursday, the Division I and II baseball state tournaments will move to Spring Training stadiums across the Valley.
What a difference a year makes.
Devon Ryan had the game winning infield hit in the top of the 12th inning as No. 17 Perry beat No. 16 Corona del Sol in the first round of the Division I state softball tournament.
Nick Guaragna still thinks there might have been a mistake.
Playing a role as possible spoiler, Westwood's softball team pulled it off perfectly.
Valerie Kaff broke her own Mountain View single-season strikeout record in Mountain View softball's 12-2 win over Westwood on Wednesday.
Jake McAdams earned his team-leading sixth win on the season as Desert Mountain's baseball team earned a 5-2 win against Mountain View on Wednesday to make the Wolves 22-3 on the season.
Red Mountain got a five-inning no-hitter from Marian Ruff as the Mountain Lions (21-5) beat Mesa, 11-0, on Tuesday.
Tribune softball rankings as of April 8: