When Marauder softball hosted the Camp Verde Cowboys in the teams first meeting of the season, Camp Verde surprised Mingus with its talent despite losing a thrilling game 2-1 in the bottom of the seventh.
The two squads met for a second and final time this year at Camp Verde High School, with the game not being as close and Mingus Union putting an exclamation point on the game, 14-1.
"I think we came to play, that's basically it," said senior pitcher Angelina Saucedo. "We had it in our minds, played them before and came out with a win. We had our minds set on a 'W.'"
The game was not without its difficulties for both teams. Mother nature decided to have some fun and had been raining off and on all day and winds were up to 25-30 miles per hour.
"They made adjustments in their at-bats, they made adjustments on defense because of the wind, something we had to work with today that they don't normally have to," said head coach John Brown. "They made adjustments, started hitting the top of the ball and it made a big difference."
Mingus wasted little time getting on the board by scoring runs from seniors Torey GIllies and Catelyn Norman in their first at bats. Despite the two runs, Camp Verde was playing solid defense, something that would be put to the test through the game.
During the Cowboys first at-bat, junior Caitlin Harris was the lone player to get on base for Camp Verde off of a single to center field. Two of the next three at-bats for Camp Verde were strike out by senior pitcher Angelina Saucedo, and the other was a pop fly that was caught by senior Bailey Mabery.
The visiting team would not score any runs in its next at bat, but during Camp Verde's turn at the plate, sophomore Sharli Macdonald got on base and the single was followed by two outs. Junior Shelby Boler was up to bat and tipped a foul ball that went up in the batters area. Mingus catcher, junior Taylor Bailey, sprung up and threw her helmet off to get a clear view of the ball. As it came down, the ball tipped her glove and fell to her side, giving Shelby another chance. With Taylor missing that out, it would lead to Camp Verde's single run of the game.
After Shelby was walked, senior Reavan Martinez was also walked, filling up the bases for Camp Verde's Caitlin. She hit a grounder to third and made it to first, sending Sharli home and leaving the bases loaded. Unfortunately, the Cowboys' next batter, Paige, was struck out, ending the inning.
Over the next two innings, Camp Verde's defense was able to hold the Marauders five girls on base and only two runs, one due to an error, making the score 4-1 at the end of the fourth inning. A big part of that defense for the Cowboys was Paige at first-base. She made eight outs through the game, including three inning ending outs off of ground balls hit to third baseman Shelby Boler and pitcher Madison Garcia.
With the game still within reach for Camp Verde and the Marauders up to bat in the fifth, all the Cowboys needed was to grab three outs and not allow any runs to keep the game manageable. Unfortunately for the home team, Mingus Union had other plans. The squad was beginning to find Madison's pitches and iced the game in the fifth inning by scoring 10 runs, dashing all hopes of a Camp Verde comeback.
The game-ending inning was kicked off by Catelyn Norman's double. After that, senior Kaitlynn Lewis hit a sacrifice single to Madison, who threw Kaitlynn out at first. That would be Camp Verde's only out for the next 11 at-bats, until senior Kalina Boysen was thrown out at first base. Coach Miller made the decision to change pitchers midway through the inning, bringing in freshman Dusty Dowdle and hoping to interrupt Mingus' hot bats. The Marauders were not fazed by the pitching change and kept driving in runs. Sophomore Sarah Ortiz was the last Marauder to get an at-bat during the fifth, getting struck out by Dusty.
"The girls were able to make adjustments and that's what this game was all about," Brown said.
The Cowboys had one final chance to score some runs and attempt a comeback, but a quick three-and-out by the Marauders would finish the game. The final out came by way of Mingus Union's Sarah Ortiz. Cowboys' sophomore Danya Weir was up to bat and hit a foul ball that looked to be going into the walkway next to third base. Sarah ran to the fence, leaned over and grabbed the ball, icing the game.
A look at the stats, while greatly in Mingus' favor, does not tell the whole story of the game. Until the fifth inning, the Marauders only had nine hits that put a runner on base, compared to Camp Verde's four. Angelina Saucedo pitched a complete game for Mingus, allowing three hits, one team error and one run while striking out eight Cowboys. Madison Garcia and Dusty Dowdle combined for two strike outs, one apiece, 16 hits and 12 runs. The Cowboys committed 12 errors on the game.
Three Marauders; Bailey Mabery, Kaitlynn Lewis and Randi Moffitt each tallied two RBI's. Bailey and Kaitlynn also notched two hits and Randi had one. For Camp Verde; Caitlin Harris, Sharli Macdonald and Madison Garcia each recorded a hit, with Caitlin earning a RBI for batting in Sharli.