Softball: Desert Vista vs Campo Verde

Desert Vista’s Mara Kemmer (15) steals second during the softball game between Desert Vista and Campo Verde on Wednesday, May 11, 2016.

Mara Kemmer had the game taken away from her for a short period of time.

She clearly came back with no ramifications and gained a renewed loved for softball.

After having a fantastic sophomore year for Valley Christian when she hit .646 and won 16 games, Kemmer sat out her junior at Desert Vista with a shoulder issue and transfer rules.

While she kept playing for her club team, Kemmer missed out on her junior year of high school ball.

“Not being able to play makes you appreciate it more,” she said. “I don’t think I took it for granted, but I missed it. It was great to be back out there.”

The UNLV signee had a tremendous impact on the Thunder in her one season as the Tribune’s Softball Player of the Year helped elevate Desert Vista to the top seed in the Division I state tournament.

Kemmer hit .533 (65 for 122) with 47 runs scored, nine doubles, three triples, two home runs and 23 RBIs.

She was also was part of arguably the best one-two punch on the mound as Kemmer went 14-3 with two saves and a 1.59 ERA in 22 games. She struck 158 in 101 1/3 innings while allowing 70 hits and 20 walks.

As good as she and the 30-win Thunder were, they came up short of winning the state champion it appeared Desert Vista was ready to bring back to Ahwatukee.

“It still (stinks),” she said. “We were good enough to win it, but we didn’t play our best at the worst time.”

She was grateful for her one year and experience she earned at DV.

“Between club ball and Desert Vista I am more prepared for college now,” she said. “Division I was a lot more intense and there were so many good players and teams.”

All-Tribune Softball

First team

Pos.    Player                         School

C         Kaylee Dietrich            Desert Vista

1B       Mackenzie Budinger    Seton Catholic

2B       Brenna Scudellari        Campo Verde

3B       Lyndsay Steverson     Red Mountain

SS       Bella Loomis               Hamilton

OF       Leah Molina               Desert Ridge

OF       Nicole Spykstra          Hamilton

OF      Taylor Gindlesperger  Hamilton

DH      Hailey Heeringa         Valley Christian

U        Mara Kemmer             Desert Vista

P        Bailey Klitzke              Desert Ridge

P        Myka Sutherlin           Campo Verde

Player of the Year: Mara Kemmer, Desert Vista

Coach of the Year: Rocky Parra – The Huskies lost a top pitcher on the way to earning the fifth seed in the Division I state tournament. Parra let the team “just go out and play” and Hamilton won the program’s first state title.

All-Tribune second team

Pos.    Player                        School

C        Sydney Broderick        Desert Ridge

1B      Hannah Johnson         Perry

2B      Rion Simms                 Desert Vista

3B      Hayley Johnston         Campo Verde

SS      Stacia Seeton             Westwood

OF     Olivia Miller                  Corona del Sol

OF     Ali Ashner                    Hamilton

OF     Samantha Soto           Mesquite

DH     Jill Navarro                  Desert Vista

U       Shaylee Ackerman      Desert Ridge

P       Madison Seigworth     Hamilton

P       Tatum Vilaboy            Chandler Prep

Honorable mention

Alyx Ayers, Apache Junction; Ashley Jones, Basha; Paige Caden, Chandler Prep; Madison Simmons, Combs; Jessica Lynch, Corona del Sol; Brooke Hughes, Desert Vista; Kelly Stumper, Dobson; MJ Ibarra, Gilbert; Kylie King, Highland; Jocellyn LaFlesch, Highland; McKenna Gutt, Horizon Honors; Sarah Duncklee, Marcos de Niza; Justine Mustacchia, Mesa; Taylor Cullen, Mesquite; Brittany Holland, Mesquite; Kenzie Fox, Mountain View; Megan Clark, Poston Butte; Lindsay Lopez, Poston Butte; Millie Parra, Queen Creek; Brittany Hertneky, Red Mountain; Tabitha Shupe, Red Mountain; Jaycee Lindley, Skyline; Kaitlyn O’Day, Skyline; Desiree Muniz, Tempe; Dienna White, Tempe; Tessa Furlong, Valley Christian; Elishia Burbank, Westwood.

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