Though the Sunnyside softball team landed the first blow against No. 4 Canyon del Oro on Tuesday afternoon, the host Dorados came away victorious for the third time this season.
The 13th-seeded Blue Devils scored five runs in the first two innings off starter Randi Longville, but fellow CDO sophomore Gabrielle Blevins gave up just one run in the final four innings as the Dorados held on for an 8-6 win in the second round of the Division II state playoffs.
CDO will play No. 5 Ironwood Ridge on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at Cherry Field in the first round of double-elimination play. The two met in the loser quarterfinals last spring, with I-Ridge winning 4-0 before moving on to the state finals.
Freshman Arianna Felix, the No. 9 hitter for CDO, broke a 5-5 tie in the third with an RBI double, and sophomore Carli Campbell brought in another run in the inning.
“I’m never scared about what our offense will produce,” CDO coach Stephanie Nicholson said. “Our freshman, Felix, did an outstanding job or hitting the ball hard and getting on base.”
No. 5 Ironwood Ridge 8, No. 12 Tucson 7: At Ironwood Ridge, the host Nighthawks, last year’s Division II state runner-up, needed 11 innings to reach the third round.
I-Ridge trailed 6-5 in the bottom of the seventh with two outs, but Skylar Bracety lined a double to the left-center field gap to bring in the tying run and keep the Nighthawks’ season alive.
In the 11th, Bracety came to the plate with the bases loaded and Tucson High leading 7-6. A wild pitch from Tucson pitcher Mia Trejo tied the score at 7-7, then Bracety shot a ball through the first baseman’s legs to win the game.
I-Ridge’s Erin Rocker hit two homers and drove in five runs, while Tucson’s Briana Daniels also hit a two-run homer in the sixth.
No. 2 Cienega 8, No. 18 Salpointe Catholic 1: At Cienega, the host Bobcats broke the game open with a six-run fifth and senior Kayla Green gave up just three hits on her way to a complete-game win to help Cienega win its 15th straight game.
With the bases loaded, Melanie Cross hit a RBI sacrifice fly to center, then Makena Brawley drove in two more with a single to left. Two batters later, Taylor Lambert bunted another pair across to push the Bobcats lead to 6-1, then Destinee Williams drove in the final run of the inning with a sacrifice fly of her own.
Cienega will face No. 7 Glendale Cactus on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at Rose Mofford Sports Complex in Phoenix.
No. 11 Phoenix Greenway 3, No. 6 Sahuaro 0: At Sahuaro, the host Cougars snapped an eight-game winning streak and lost for just the fourth time this spring to be eliminated in the second round of the Division II state playoffs.
Greenway took a 1-0 lead at the top of the third, putting the Cougars in the hot seat. Two innings later, Sahuaro nearly tied the game on a double by center fielder Amy Bergeson, but Brooklyn Misenhimer was tagged out at home after trying to score from second.
Greenway put the game out of reach with a two-run double in the seventh.
No. 8 Glendale Kellis 1, No. 9 Sabino 0: At Kellis, the visiting Sabercats lost for the third time in the last four games and were eliminated from the Division II state playoffs.
Senior Ashlee Skillings struck out six and gave up just two hits but took the loss when Kellis crossed the winning run on a passed ball in the bottom of the seventh inning.