Softball: Cienega remains perfect with win over Douglasby Andy Morales on Apr. 16, 2013, under Sports
With a sweep of Sunnyside and huge wins over Marana, Tucson and Sahuaro, Cienega (22-3, 14-0) remains undefeated in Arizona and perfect in Division-I play. The Bobcats suffered three losses to California teams during invitational play but those do not count towards AIA/Maxpreps points.
With all the pieces in place, Cienega finds itself ranked second in D-I with four games left in the regular season.
Senior pitcher Sarah Andrews (11-2) and sophomore Kayla Green (8-1) have combined for 110 strikeouts and have handled some of the best hitters in Southern Arizona.
Andrews leads the team with four home runs followed by juniors Destinee Williams and Makena Brawley with three each. Senior AJ Hervey has four triples.
Brawley has recorded eight doubles, sophomore Melanie Cross has seven and Andrews has six.
Sophomore Mickaela Keiser, Hervey and Brawley are hitting above .400 with sophomore Shelby Kennedy on the verge.
Almost 50 stolen bases in 25 games means at least two more chances for RBIs in a game. Once Hervey, Keiser and Kennedy get on, you might as well put them on second base.
Only 11 errors…unheard of.
Cienega hosted Division-II Douglas on Tuesday and the Bobcats pulled away quickly with a 15-0 victory.
Cross went 3-3 with a double and four RBIs; Brawley went 2-4 with an RBI double; Andrews went 2-3 with a double and Hervey went 2-4 with an RBI. Also collecting hits were Kennedy (RBI), sophomore Shannen Donnelly (RBI), senior Jenna Carson and junior Ali Subia.
Taking the circle for the 5-inning win was Green. Green finished with 8 strikeouts and she scattered 4 hits.
Douglas was able to load the bases in the fourth inning on two hits and a walk with one out but Green settled down and struck out the next two batters to end the threat. A double play and a running mistake erased another bases loaded scenario in the top of the fifth.
Junior Jessica Quiñonez picked up two hits for Douglas and seniors Brianna Salcido and Luz Campas had the other two hits.
Cienega gets a tough schedule down the stretch with games against Sabino, Sahuaro, Tucson and Rincon while Douglas has three very competitive games left with Buena, Willcox and Benson.
The state softball tournament begins on Saturday, April 27 for D I and D II.