The Mingus Union baseball team rolled past the Morenci Wildcats, 11-1, only allowing one run that was scored in the first inning.
Junior Austin Zwart led the Marauders from the mound, pitching all five innings. Austin started to slump during the fourth inning but was able to get out of the inning and regroup. He came back in the fifth and quickly shutdown the Wildcats.
Seniors Jesse Morones and Francisco Pacheco helped spark the offense to end the game in five.
The Marauders will next face Fountain Hills today, May 4, at 1 p.m. The Falcons beat Page 7-2 in their first game of the playoffs. Fountain Hills entered the playoffs as a No. 3 seed.
Marauders softball wasted little time with the Window Rock Fighting Scouts, beating them 15-0, the largest margin of victory so far in the playoffs.
Senior Angelina Saucedo was two outs away from pitching her fourth no-hitter of the season, but a Fighting Scout was able to find a pitch and put it in between third and shortstop. Despite the lone hit, Angelina threw her fourth one-hitter.
As evident from the score, the Mingus Union softball team did what they have done 12 other times this season, shut a team out. It took the girls an inning or two to figure out Window Rock's pitcher, but once they did, the bats were connecting and by the end of the fourth Mingus had put the game well out of reach.
The girls will play Winslow next. The game begins at 11:30 today, May 4, at Rose Mofford Complex in Phoenix.
Camp Verde Softball:
There was no game-winning run that was scored for the Cowboys softball team, there was a comeback, but unlike against Tuba City, the girls were not able to complete it and Benson ended the game in the seventh, 4-3.
Camp Verde did what it has done all year, play good teams extremely close. The girls did it with Payson and Mingus Union. They were assisted by a strong defensive showing and much like the first game of the playoffs against Tuba City, the pitching was on point, but the girls had a bit of a hard time offensively.
While the girls' season is over, the team will be losing only four seniors and the rest of the team is returning. That means the Cowboys will have the core group of Madison Garcia, Paige Church, Danya Weir, Hailey Teague and Shelby Boler, and head coach Debbie Miller will have Dusty Dowdle and Taya Smith to give Madison some added depth. With a summer of travel ball to help the girls become more of a team, the Cowboys should be a force next season.