High school softball: 'Improved' Wengert homers twice as Marana grabs 13th straight win

2013-04-17T00:00:00Z High school softball: 'Improved' Wengert homers twice as Marana grabs 13th straight winIman Hamdan Special To The Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Marana's softball team clinched its 13th consecutive win Tuesday afternoon, dominating Tucson High 10-3 at home in a matchup of two top-15 teams in Division I.

Sophomore left fielder Jordan Wengert homered twice and knocked in six runs for the Tigers, whose winning streak began during Tucson's Badger Invitational early last month and might not end any time soon.

"They started to really believe that they could win" Marana coach George Corona said. "We played really tight at the beginning of the year, but that Saturday of the tournament I told them to relax and play the game that you know.

"Since that day, they have been playing really well, but we aren't perfect. We do enough as a team to get those wins."

With the state tournament right around the corner, both teams appear to be locked in. However, Marana has a decent shot at earning a first-round bye, especially after Tuesday's win.

Wengert's RBI double in the bottom of the third inning put Marana up 1-0. Just when it looked like that was it for the inning, senior shortstop Hailey Oesterling's two-run double with two outs made it 3-0.

With a quick three up, three down for the Badgers, the Tigers found themselves right back in the batter's box.

Marana (23-5) extended its lead to 5-0 in the fourth before Wengert came up to bat "looking to just get a base hit." Instead, she blasted her first career home run and gave the Tigers a commanding 7-0 advantage.

Two innings later, Wengert got her second homer, this time a three-run bomb, to put Marana up 10-3.

"She has improved quite a bit," Corona said. "She has been at the bottom of our lineup all year, but she does a really good job down there."

Tucson (16-11) struggled defensively throughout the game, but catcher Jaelyn Romo managed to get the Badgers on the scoreboard at the top of the fifth with a two-run double. First baseman Araselly Vargas scored Tucson's only other run in the game with a solo homer.

"This team that showed up today is not the team that we could be," Tucson coach Danielle Rodriguez said. "Marana is a great team and we've beat plenty of great teams like that. We just had a lot of mental lapses today, like not hustling for the ball and not making adjustments at the plate. Overall, our pitcher is young, but our defense didn't help her at all."

MARANA 10

TUCSON 3

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