Desert Mountain softball coach Rick Sharp can afford no more injuries or setbacks this season. The trouble is there are two months left in the season.
Last week, Desert Mountain catcher Christy McDannell suffered a broken arm in the second inning of a game at Desert Mountain. McDannell will be lost for at least the rest of the regular season.
The Wolves already have two regulars from last season out with injuries. The Wolves finished the Red Mountain game with eight players.
Sharp’s freshman team began a game last Thursday with nine players and sent one of them (a pitcher) to the junior varsity team to pitch in their game. The Wolves have 29 players for their three teams (freshman, junior varsity and varsity).
Bears open with a bang in 5A:
Basha High’s softball team opened its first season in 5A last week playing 10 games — a pair of nonregion games and then eight games in the Dorado Classic in Tucson. The good news was the results. Basha won eight of the 10 games. Their losses were to Tucson Sahuaro and Tucson Canyon del Oro, which went on to win the tournament.
Coach Scott Hoffmeyer’s squad gets a little break this week. The Bears played the first of just three games this week on Monday, beating Paradise Valley 5-2.
Power surges: First it was Mike Petello who enjoyed a power surge for Saguaro, hitting four home runs in four games. Then it was Christian McDaniel’s turn. He hit a total of three homers in back-to-back games last week, including a three-run shot and a grand slam.
Girls in sports symposium: The Arizona Interscholastic Association Academy hosts its second annual “Steps to a Healthy Future: Celebrating Girls in Sport” symposium today at Tucson Ironwood Ridge High School. The symposium will run from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Keynote speaker is Arizona softball coach Mike Candrea, who also coached the 2004 U.S. softball team to the gold medal in Athens.