Behind the pitching and hitting of senior Emily Griffin, No. 12 Salpointe Catholic defeated Bullhead City Mohave 12-2 on Saturday in the first round of the Division II state softball tournament.
The young Lancers turned to the sparingly used pitcher, who held the Thunderbirds to just two runs and six hits through six innings.
"She's had a hot arm lately and has that senior mentality where she's not going down without a fight," Salpointe coach Stacy Schulte said.
The Lancers (18-8) will face No. 5 Phoenix Paradise Valley on Tuesday.
After recording three of her five strikeouts in the top of the sixth, Griffin helped her own cause in the bottom of the inning, clearing the bases with a walk-off triple. She finished 4 for 5 with three RBIs.
"I just really had that aggressive mindset, Griffin said. "I wanted to do whatever I could for the team."
Griffin would have had a fourth RBI, but the game's run-rule went into effect after the second runner crossed the plate in the sixth.
"Our goal is just to put runs on the board every inning," Schulte said. "It doesn't matter how many, they just add up. Once we start hitting, it's contagious."
• No. 10 Sahuaro 5, No. 23 Chandler Seton Catholic 3: At Sahuaro, senior Ricca Parisella hit a three-run home run in the third inning to spark the Cougars. Sahuaro (22-10) will face No. 7 Phoenix Greenway on Tuesday.
• No. 15 Sabino 14, No. 18 Prescott 2: At Sabino, the Sabercats scored 10 runs in the fourth inning with the help of six consecutive singles. Sabino (18-14) will play at second-seeded Canyon del Oro, the two-time defending state champion, on Tuesday.
• No. 13 Goodyear Desert Edge 12, No. 20 Cholla 2: At Desert Edge, the Chargers suffered their only run-rule loss of the season. Cholla finished with a 22-11 record.
• No. 12 Sunnyside 7, No. 21 Surprise Willow Canyon 0: At Sunnyside, senior captain Alexandria Reyes took a no-hitter into the final inning and struck out eight for the complete-game win. Adriana Rosthenhausler went 3 for 4 with a triple and a double.
The Blue Devils (23-9) will travel to No. 5 Mesa Mountain View on Tuesday.
• No. 15 Tucson 17, No. 18 Yuma Cibola 6: At Cherry Field, the Badgers scored 10 runs in the first inning and seven in the second on the way to a run-rule win.
Tucson (20-12) will face No. 2-seed Cienega on Tuesday.
• No. 14 Scottsdale Chaparral 5, No. 19 Sierra Vista Buena 1: At Chaparral, the Firebirds scored all their runs in the fifth and sixth innings to eliminate the Colts (19-13).
Senior Griffin sparks Lancers
Sunnyside tops Buena in state baseball / B7