PHOENIX – The Marana softball team – family, rather – pulled off its second straight upset on Thursday night with a 4-0 win over No. 11 Phoenix Greenway, guaranteeing the 14th-seeded Tigers at least two more games together.
Marana (25-7) will play No. 7 Glendale Cactus in the winners bracket quarterfinals on Monday at the Rose Mofford Sports Complex in Phoenix at 6:30 p.m.
“We did enough tonight to win,” coach George Corona said.
“We did enough, that’s what we have to do this late in the year. We earned some more time with our softball family.”
Killie Lynn, one of five freshmen in Marana’s starting lineup, started the fourth inning with a double to left field then freshman catcher Katie Faulk followed with a single.
Pitcher Casey Cadenhead bunted for a single to load the bases and Lynn put the Tigers up when she scored on a walk one batter later.
Marana scored another run that inning and tacked on two more in the seventh.
Senior Alex Gehr finished 3 for 4 with a run scored and a stolen base, while Cadenhead, a senior captain, held the Demons to four hits over seven innings.
She struck out two.
“She was outstanding,” Corona said. “She moved the ball well and kept them off-balance.”
No. 7 Glendale Cactus 2, No. 2 Cienega 1: At Rose Mofford, the Bobcats were one out away from their 16th straight win and a trip to the winner quarterfinals, but Cactus rallied to score two runs in the top of the seventh inning and knock Cienega into the losers bracket.
Cienega (24-7) threatened in its final at-bat after senior Destinee Williams doubled to lead off the bottom half of the inning, but to no avail.
The Bobcats will play No. 11 Phoenix Greenway in the losers bracket on Saturday at Rose Mofford Sports Complex at 11:30 a.m.
“This is just a different path than we wanted to take,” Cienega coach Eric Tatham said.
“They just need to know, remember, who we are. This team is battle tested; we just have to keep battling.”
Junior pitcher Kayla Green finished with three strikeouts and a double at the plate.