Desert Mountain Softball Invitational roundupby Andy Morales on Mar. 24, 2013, under Sports
March 19-23: Scottsdale Horizon Park
Sunnyside 10, Ironwood Ridge 2
Sahuaro 11, Hamilton 2
Horizon 7, CDO 5
Chaparral 6, Sabino 1
Paradise Valley 15, Sabino 7
CDO 9, Desert Mountain 6
Sahuaro 6, Sunnyside 3
Ironwood Ridge 10, Hamilton 4
Ironwood Ridge 7, Chandler 2
Mountain Ridge 4, Sahuaro 2
Sunnyside 12, Desert Vista 2
CDO 15, Paradise Valley 0
NORTH SCOTTSDALE: Play ended late Saturday night at the Desert Mountain Invitational held at Horizon Park in North Scottsdale.
Sahuaro took care of Hamilton in an early morning game with Andie Larkins in the circle for the Cougars. Larkins held Hamilton without a hit until a home run by Vanessa Marquez in the top of the fourth inning. It was the only hit given up by Larkins.
Hamilton had scored an unearned run to start the game to go up 1-0 but Sahuaro answered with two runs in the bottom half on hits by Amy Bergeson, Taylor Lawson, Brooklyn Beardshear and Savannah Fuller.
Sahuaro went on to add four more in the second inning and then another run in the third after Ricca Parisella doubled to start off the inning. Beardshear came in to pitch for Sahuaro in the fifth with the Cougars up 7-2.
Sahuaro put up four more runs in the sixth for the 11-2 win.
Bergeson went 4-5, Lawson 3-5, Beardshear 2-4, Fuller 2-4, Amanda Nichols 2-3 and Ali Martinez went 2-3 for Sahuaro.
Sabino faced Chaparral pitcher Dallas McBride (New Mexico State) and starting infielder MJ Riesgo
suffered a broken left wrist on a hit-by-pitch. Also injured in the game was Jen Hucko with an injury to her face.
Riesgo will be out for a couple of months and it is uncertain how long Hucko will be missing from the Sabercat lineup.
Ironwood Ridge left several of their starters at home with flu-like symptoms and they battled the rest of the way along with Sabino. Sahuaro would beat Sunnyside later in the day.
Canyon del Oro lost to Scottsdale Horizon 7-5 in a hotly contested game featuring future Arizona Wildcat Tamara Statman in the circle for the Huskies. Statman is only a sophomore but she has already collected 145 strikeouts on the season in just 99 innings of work.
Statman was roughed up by nationally ranked Basha 13-3 earlier in the invite but she still managed to collect 46 strikeouts in five games including 13 against CDO and 13 more against Basha in the title game where Horizon avenged their loss with a 10-0 victory.
Though the game between CDO and Horizon was marred by several calls at the plate, Horizon was able to extend a 1-0 lead after the first into a 5-0 lead after three thanks to a few infield hits and an error.
CDO broke through in top of the fourth inning on a 2-RBI single from Maggie Morales to score Makenzie Sullivan and Samantha Nettling. Horizon got both runs back on a 2-run shot from Margaret Stahm but Nettling ended any further damage by picking off Katie Gore at first base.
CDO outfielder Carli Campbell was called out for leaving the batter’s box after she was rounding first base on what was to be a double but she rebounded from the phantom call in the next inning.
CDO scored 2 more in the fifth on an RBI double from Monique Castillo to score Heather Knight and then Campbell singled to score Randi Longville who had come in to pitch in the fifth inning.
Sullivan took Statman deep in the seventh inning to make the score 7-5. Statman was named the tournament MVP after her performance.
Seven Dorados picked up a hit against Statman – Brenna Griesser, Niki Gonzalez, Sullivan, Knight, Morales, Castillo and Campbell.
CDO went on to defeat Desert Mountain 9-6 and then Paradise Valley 15-0 to finish in 5th place. Nettling finished 3-4 with a double in the game against Paradise Valley.
Also finishing with multiple hits were Gonzalez (3-3 with 3 RBIs), Sullivan (4-4 with three doubles and 4 RBIs), Brittany Young (2-3 with a home run) and Campbell (2-2 with an RBI).
CDO (15-3) will visit Sahuaro (13-6) on Monday, March 25; The Ridge (11-6) will host Amphi (0-6) on Tuesday; Sunnyside (12-5) will visit Buena (7-9) on Tuesday and Sabino will host Salpointe (10-4) on April 4.