Softball state tournament roundup 4/28: Ryan's HR lifts Mountain View into matchup with Red Mtn. - East Valley Tribune: VarsityXtra

Softball state tournament roundup 4/28: Ryan's HR lifts Mountain View into matchup with Red Mtn.

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Posted: Saturday, April 28, 2012 4:58 pm

Sidney Ryan propelled Mountain View into the second round of the Division I state softball tournament on Saturday.

Ryan's solo home run in the top of the seventh inning as the No. 18 Toros beat No. 15 Phoenix Sandra Day O'Connor, 1-0.

The two teams combined for only six hits and no errors. Val Kaff pitched a complete game and had 10 strikeouts for the Toros and Amy Tarnowski had two of those hits for the Toros.

Mountain View will play at No. 2 Red Mountain on Tuesday in the second round in another matchup of the long time city rivals. Mountain View beat Red Mountain in an early-season tournament, but the Lions won both power point games during the regular season.

In other Division I state tournament games, No. 19 Chandler beat No. 14 Chaparral, 5-1. The Wolves scored the go-ahead run in the sixth inning on a debated fair-or-foul ball hit by Alexus Ybarra which turned into a double. Kristal Whiteside added a double and home run for Chandler, and pitched a complete game allowing just four hits with three walks and two strikeouts. The Wolves will play at No. 3 Xavier on Tuesday in the second round.

No. 9 Desert Mountain had no problem with No. 24 Tucson Sunnyside in a 11-1 win. Ashley Palmer got the hit parade started for the Wolves with a two-run home run in the bottom of the first inning. Andy Wellins added a three-run home run in the third inning and the rout was on. Wellins pitched five innings and got her 17th win of the season. (17-8). Desert Mountain had met Sunnyside seven times in the state tournament with only one win, but this day belonged to the Wolves (24-8). Desert Mountain will play at No. 8 Peoria Centennial at 4 p.m. Tuesday in the second round.

After valiantly earning its way into the tournament, No. 21 Mesa saw its season come to an end at No. 12 Vail Cienega, 4-0. The Jackrabbits' season ends at 19-13. No. 23 St. Mary's also came up short at No. 4 Sierra Vista Buena, 4-2. The Knights' season comes to an end at 16-13.

Division II

No. 15 Queen Creek cruised to a 14-0 win over No. 18 Peoria Liberty. Lexis Valenzuela had a big game for the Bulldogs, Valenzuela was a perfect 4-for-4 with a triple and six RBI. Kelsey Montgomery added a 2-for-2 effort with an RBI and two stolen bases. Kelsey Jager had two RBI and also tracked down two in the gap playing center field to end Liberty scoring threats with runners on base.

No.10 Notre Dame Prep beat No. 23 Douglas, 3-0.Tess McPherson pitched a complete game and had 11 strikeouts. She also had an RBI at the plate while Nicole Bailey added two RBI. The Saints will travel to No. 7 Tucson Sabino at 4 p.m. on Tuesday in the second round.

No. 11 Paradise Valley was upset, 7-6, by No. 22 Casa Grande Vista Grande. The Trojans (20-6) held a 5-1 lead heading into the top of the seventh inning when everything started to fall apart. The Spartans took advantage of every opportunity and scored six runs in the inning to grab the lead. Paradise Valley was unable to recover in the bottom of the seventh and without head coach David Moore (out of state for a family matter) saw their season come to an end.

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