Softball: CDO & Sabino advanceby Andy Morales on May. 08, 2012, under Sports
Alyssa Fletcher pitched Sabino into the elite class of Arizona softball after she held Greenway to just two runs on six hits Tuesday night.
Greenway touched up Fletcher a bit in the top of the fifth with three hits and a hit batter to account for all of their runs but Fletcher’s teammates backed her up with solid defense and steady offense.
The Sabercats scored a run in the bottom of the second, third, fourth and fifth innings in a slow but sure dismantling of the Demons. It almost qualified as torture.
Krystina Koepnick scored on a passed ball, Shelby Mendoza brought in Haley Scheib on a bases loaded sacrifice bunt, Kelsey Jenkins drove in a run and Shannon Shields hit a double to score Mendoza.
The Canyon del Oro team watched the game with great interest from the stands because they were all set to play the winners in the next round.
The Dorados jumped all over Gila Ridge on an adjacent field 12-2 to set up a rematch between CDO and Sabino Wednesday night at Cherry Field.
Alexis Alfonso held the Hawks to just five hits and no runs for the five-inning win. Alfonso got all the offense she needed from her first two batters of the game after Kayla Bonstrom and Sammi Noland hit back-to-back doubles to start the bottom of the first inning.
The Dorados scored five in the first, six in the second and one more in the third. Bonstrom hit two doubles to continue her run through the state playoffs and Noland hit a home run to go with her double.
Katelin Vaughn recorded three RBIs in the game.
CDO beat Sabino 12-5 on Thursday to send the Sabercats to the elimination bracket.
Ironwood Ridge will travel to Phoenix to play the top seed Sunrise Mountain on Wednesday night.
The winner will play for the state championship on Monday while the loser will play the winner of CDO/Sabino on Friday night.
Elimination Bracket: Tuesday, May 8
2 Canyon del Oro beat 24 Gila Ridge 12-0, 5 innings
7 Sabino beat 12 Greenway 4-2
Elimination Bracket: Wednesday, May 9
2 Canyon del Oro vs. 7 Sabino, 6:30 pm
Winners Bracket: Wednesday, May 9
3 Ironwood Ridge vs. 1 Sunrise Mountain, 6:30 pm
Semifinals: Friday, May 11
1 Pusch Ridge vs. 4 Northwest Christian, 5:30 pm
7 St. David vs. 6 St. Johns, 7:30 pm