Everything that went right for the past six weeks disappeared.
Fortunately for the Basha softball team, there's another game (or two, or three, or four) left to be played, because the Bears would love to never remember Saturday's 6-0 loss to Glendale Mountain Ridge in the Division I state tournament quarterfinals at Rose Mofford Softball Complex.
The loss snapped Basha's 14-game winning streak and sent the Bears into the loser's bracket, where they'll face No. 3 Xavier on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at Rose Mofford. Mountain Ridge advances to play against Red Mountain in a semifinal on Wednesday night.
The Bears won this matchup, 6-0, during the regular season in early April but Mountain Ridge did everything this time that Basha did right the first time.
Basha coach Scott Hoffmeyer said he appealed to the Arizona Interscholastic Association to have the game moved to 11 a.m. Saturday to accommodate Basha's prom Saturday night, but it was denied (Hoffmeyer expressed his unhappiness at the AIA afterward in light of Red Mountain's game vs. Horizon being moved up to 11 a.m.).
After a 45-minute delay while waiting for the previous game to conclude, the Bears managed only two hits and committed three errors that paved the way for four Mountain Ridge runs.
Basha was happy to flee the scene.
"They're on a roll," Hoffmeyer said of Mountain Ridge.
The Bears put two runners on in the first and second innings, but couldn't score, and Mountain Ridge Taryn Kelly stymied the Bears the rest of the afternoon with her location and movement of pitches.
Meanwhile, Mountain Ridge scored four runs in the fourth inning to break the game open and added two more in the fifth against Basha ace Kailey Regester. Three errors, a controversial "safe" ruling when Basha thought it had a double play (it turned out to be only a force out) and hits by Alyssa DiCarlo, Bailey Gaffin and Molly Davis gave the Mountain Lions a healthy cushion.
Hailey Maher and Brittany Medina had Basha's hits on the day, while the Bears drew three walks.
Mark Heller is the East Valley Tribune sports editor. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (480) 898-6576.