Westwood exploded for six runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to rally past McClintock on Senior Night Wednesday at Westwood. Freshman second baseman Analeise Urquijo's leadoff double sparked the rally, and Westwood capitalized on a pair of McClintock errors in the inning as well. Freshman shortstop Stacia Seeton led Westwood, going 3 for 4 with a double and two RBI on the day, and Urquijo had a pair of hits and and a pair of runs as well. Senior Izzy Montoya earned the victory for the Warriors, scattering eight hits and striking out three against two walks. Junior catcher Andi Blodgett led McClintock, going 2 for 4 with a run while senior designated player Madison de la Torre drove in two runs.
The Bears locked up home court for the first two rounds of the team state play-offs and, for the first time ever, earned a Section/Region Championship in girls tennis. Basha finished the regular season with a record of 13-1, just ahead of Hamilton (12-2) for first place in Division 1, Section 2.
McClintock shortstop Mary Mentz slammed two home runs and a double off the wall, driving in four runs, scoring three more and stealing two bases in leading the Chargers to an 11-3 victory Thursday at Poston Butte.
McClintock senior Kelsey Vogt pitched a two-hit shutout for the Chargers in their run-rule victory Tuesday at McClintock. Senior third baseman Dian Nordstrom led the Chargers' offense as she went 2 for 3 with three RBI. Junior shortstop Mary Mentz also went 2 for 3 for McClintock and had two of the Chargers' six stolen bases. Higley catcher Jessie Arnett collected both hits for the Knights.
Hamilton came out fighting, unfortunately, they were missing 2 of their varsity players. Early in the match, it did not seem to matter much, they took 1st sets on courts 1, 2, and 6, while the Mt. Lions took 1st sets on courts 3,4, and 5. First court to finish was court 5 going for Red Mt. Then, the Lions quickly took court 3. The Huskies were playing phenomenal taking courts 2 and 6. Score all tied up at two, sound familiar? Court 1 eventually goes to Red Mt. in third set tie-breaker 10-4, as another unfortunate thing happens to Hamilton, there #1 player goes down to ankle injury. Red Mt. led 3 matches to 2 as court 4 went to Lions.
Saguaro used an 11-hit attack and some solid relief pitching to beat Seton Catholic 5-2 on Tuesday. Michael Bloom led the Cats attack with a 3-3 day while Turner Lace and Nick Grossman each added two hits in support of Starter Luke Eigsti who went four innings giving up one run while Wyatt Fortney threw two scoreless and Lace finished up for the Cats, now 19-4, 11-1 on the season.
In a matchup of two of the state's top four teams in the power rankings, it was the Huskies that won two of the three singles tiebreakers and, in the process, put the first blemish on Basha's previously perfect record.
Alex Wiley had a great day at the plate and on the mound to lead Red Mountain. She went 3 for 4 with 2 doubles, a home run and 5 RBIs; while Lindsay Steverson added two hits and 3 RBIs; Kenzy Gutierrez had 2 hits and 2 RBIs and Tori Sotelo also had 2 hits.
Red Mountain started the week off with another victory over the Chandler, 8-1. The Lions will face Perry for the first time the two schools have ever met Wednesday at Perry. Then, on Thursday the big re-match between the Lions and the Huskies of Hamilton. This match will be played at Hamilton. On Friday, it will be the Mesa City Tournament.
In a classic pitchers' duel, Arcadia's Emily Ingles outpaced McClintock's Shealynn Zimnick for a 2-0 win Thursday at Arcadia. Ingles struck out 12 and limited McClintock to four hits in earning the shutout. Zimnick also pitched well, scattering six hits and striking out three, giving up just one earned run. Arcadia's Alexis Harger and Macy Bellamak each two hits and a run for the Titans. Zimnick and Shannon Geraty had doubles for McClintock but were left stranded.
Mirroring their match from earlier in the year, the Bears and Lions both brought intensity and fire to what is turning into a fierce rivalry. Separated by a razor thin margin, the match hinged on two 3rd set tiebreakers in singles, both won by Basha.
The Lions keep on rolling with another win Wednesday over Highland. This makes three tough wins in a row for the Lions who play Basha again Thursday afternoon. Sam McCauley has only one loss for Red Mtns. Lions coming only to a Brophy Bronco at the #4 position. Chase Lortie still has only one loss coming in doubles to a tough Hamilton duo, and is still undefeated in singles.
At the midway point of the season, Basha is undefeated and playing at a high level. The Bears crushed the Coyotes, sweeping to victory while losing a total of 6 games in the process. #5 Chayse Olson and Varsity #6 Katie Mortensen each had a perfect day in singles and doubles, winning without losing a single game.
McClintock senior pitcher Shealynn Zimnick had perhaps the most dominating performance of her career since she threw a perfect game as a freshman, striking out 12 in a five-inning one-hitter against South Mountain.
Saguaro took on Higley at Scottsdale Stadium on Tuesday and came away with a 7-3 win. Tom Jahnke worked five strong innings, striking out four and giving up two earned runs to earn the win. Trent Baze finished up for the 'Cats by striking out three in two innings of work.
In a hotly contested match with another of the East Valley's perennial girls tennis powerhouses, the Basha Bears secured a quality victory. Heading into the match Basha was the #3 ranked program (according to AIA Power Points) while Highland was the #8 ranked program in Div. I.