Senior pitcher Casey Cadenhead stayed cool under pressure Saturday morning as host Marana beat No. 19 Goodyear Desert Edge 3-0 and advanced to the second round of the Division II state playoffs.
Cadenhead tossed seven scoreless innings, scattering five hits and working around two errors. She flirted with disaster early, but really settled in as the game moved along.
“I knew no matter what I threw, no matter how it went, my teammates would back me up and get what needed to be done, done,” Cadenhead said.
The Tigers scored in the third inning on a Kilie Lynn RBI single to left, scoring Alex Gehr. An inning later, they scored two runs on a throwing error.
No. 14 Marana (23-7) will play at No. 3 Yuma Kofa on Tuesday.
No. 9 Sabino 6, No. 24 Gilbert Campo Verde 5: At Sabino, the Sabercats squandered a late lead but managed to keep their season alive in dramatic fashion, thanks to back-to-back RBI singles by Ashlen Vega and Madi Draper with two outs in the seventh.
Sabino starter Ashley Skillings kept Campo Verde (19-10) in check for most of the contest, but the Coyotes scored three in the seventh to take a 5-4 lead, setting the stage for the Sabercats’ heroics. Sabino (20-7) will play at No. 8 Glendale Kellis on Tuesday.
No. 12 Tucson 10, No. 21 Flagstaff 0: At Cherry Field, the host Badgers scored at least 10 runs for the 14th time this season and needed just five innings to get past Flagstaff.
Freshman pitcher Mia Trejo tossed a four-hit shutout and hit a three-run homer to center field as part of a four-run second.
The Badgers struck again in the fourth when senior left fielder Briana Daniels homered down the left-field line on her way to finishing with a game-high four RBIs. Tucson (20-9) will face No. 5 Ironwood Ridge on Tuesday.
No. 13 Sunnyside 7, No. 20 Casa Grande Vista Grande 3: At Sunnyside, the Blue Devils were held hitless through three innings but came to life in the fourth and fifth when they scored all seven runs. Sunnyside catcher Brianna Garcia came up with a go-ahead two-run double in the fifth inning when the Spartans had three errors.
Sunnyside will play at No. 4 Canyon del Oro on Tuesday.
No. 18 Salpointe Catholic 6, No. 15 Bullhead City Mohave 2: At Mohave, a pair of home runs powered the Lancers to the upset.
Starting pitcher Brianna Aguilar-Beaucage’s solo shot in the fourth increased Salpointe’s advantage to 2-0 and junior Annie Scarangella followed with a two-run home run in the next inning.
The Lancers (15-9) play at No. 2 Cienega on Tuesday.
No. 14 Benson 12, No. 19 Springerville Round Valley 8: At Rose Mofford in Phoenix, senior Kendra Behr did it all for the Bobcats, striking out eight for the complete-game win and driving in four runs on a double and a home run. Benson (20-8) next faces No. 3 Show Low on Friday.
No. 15 Nogales 7, No. 18 Chinle 0: At Rose Mofford, junior captain Emerald Grijalva struck out 10 in a complete-game no hitter as the Apaches won their fifth straight game and advanced to play No. 2 Winslow in the next round.
No. 14 Pusch Ridge Christian 10, No. 19 St. Johns 9: At Rose Mofford, freshman Ashley Perdue pitched 4º innings in relief, and the Lions used three St. Johns errors to their advantage in the bottom of the ninth inning when they scored the winning run on a bases-loaded walk.
Pusch Ridge (15-12-1) will return to Rose Mofford on Friday to play No. 3 Phoenix Veritas Prep.
No. 18 St. Gregory 3, No. 15 Gila Bend 1: At Rose Mofford, senior Alana Gonzales struck out 14, including 10 of the first 12 batters, in a complete-game two hitter.
The Hawks (11-11) play defending state champion San Manuel on Friday.
No. 12 Bisbee 8, No. 21 Flagstaff Northland Prep 4: At Rose Mofford, the Pumas won for the seventh time in eight games and will face No. 5 Superior on Friday.