Baseball Notes & CDO moves to top of the softball rankingsby Andy Morales on Apr. 09, 2013, under Sports
Empire (8-2) pulled off a rare a triple play against Walden Grove last Friday according to coach Tom Belter.
With the score set at 9-3 Empire in the fourth inning with runners on first and second, Walden Grove hit a fly ball to center to begin an 8-6-3 triple play to end the inning.
Empire went on to win 19-3 in 6.
Salpointe (6-4) squeaked past Amphitheater (7-5) on Tuesday night by a score of 7-6. All-American and future Arizona Wildcat Michael Hoard was walked two more times in the game for 27 total on the season.
Whether intentional or not, the walks would equate to at least 14 more hits based on his batting average. Throw in 10 more RBIs and a couple more home runs and Hoard would be on pace to have another Player of the Year season.
The intentional walk is truly a useful tool.
As the softball season begins to wind down to the second half of the regular season, the only won-loss record that counts are the games used for seedings by AIA/MAxPreps. At a perfect 9-0, Canyon del Oro has climbed to the top of the Division II rankings over Peoria Sunrise Mountain (9-1).
CDO picked up their ninth win over Flowing Wells (5-5) on Tuesday night to help solidify their top spot. Flowing Wells may be down in the ranking at this point but they sport an influx of talented freshmen to go along with their already established sophomores. It is easy to see why many feel this team will be a major force in how things pan out next year once they have a good grasp on how all of their pieces fit together.
The skill is there and they will greatly improve once pitcher MJ Gill gets back into the flow of the game. Gill suffered a preseason knee injury and returned to the Lady Caballero pitching rotation on Tuesday against CDO. Returning to the game after an injury is difficult under any circumstance so Gill should get applause for returning against the bats of the top D-II team in the state.
Gill, along with starting pitcher Mikaela Moyer, got some support in their 15-5 loss from Rachel Logsdon (3-3 with two doubles and an RBI) and Arryanna Bracamonte (2-4 with a double) along with an RBI double from Bethany Marcott and RBIs from Tanna Cole and Courtney Brown. Freshman catcher Jessica Lange also picked up a hit for Flowing Wells.
CDO only led 4-2 after three innings but they exploded for 20 hits including home runs from Niki Gonzalez (4-5 with 4 RBIs) and Makenzie Sullivan (2-5 with 2 RBIs).
Heather Knight went 3-4 with a double and 2 RBIs, Samantha Nettling went 3-3 with 2 RBIs, Maggie Morales went 2-3 with a 2 RBI double, Brenna Griesser went 2-4 with a double, Jordan Bishop went 2-5 with a double and 2 RBIs, Monique Castillo hit a double and Carli Campbell picked up a hit.
Freshman pitcher Randi Longville picked up the win for CDO.
CDO visits D-I Tucson High (6-3) on Thursday and Flowing Wells hosts D-III Rio Rico (1-9).