Kellye Springstead leads Tanque Verde softball to a playoff runby Andy Morales on Apr. 22, 2013, under Sports
Tanque Verde is 24-4 and 15-2 in AIA/MaxPreps games and seeded 6th (Division IV) in MaxPreps points with one game left in the regular season. Teams in D-III and D-IV do not benefit from either a home game in the early stages of the playoffs or a double-elimination format.
All playoff games for the “small softball schools” are played at the Rose Mofford Complex in north Phoenix. The top eight teams do, however, get a first-round bye and that is what the Hawks are shooting for.
Leading the way for coach Chris Voutsas are his hitters Kellye Springstead (.655), Kayla Eller (.439), Casey Batten (.431) and Amanda Springstead (.425).
Kellye Springstead is only a sophomore but the transplant from Hawaii has seven home runs, six triples, 17 doubles, 40 RBIs and 55 hits. Only Pusch Ridge sophomore standout Maddie Dowdle (.740) is standing between her and a triple-crown finish in Division IV.
Oh, and she also pitches. At 12-1, Springstead has 108 strikeouts in only 59 innings of work. Fellow sophomore pitcher Rianna Campagne (11-2) is the other half of the Tanque Verde machine.
Patagonia (4-13, 4-9) finished up their season by visiting the Hawks on the far northeast side of town. Tanque Verde ran away with the game to win 26-0 but Patagonia played with them to the end and never showed signs of discouragement – they came to play.
As you might expect from a game like this, there were plenty of hits and a lot of RBIs. The Springstead sisters each went deep as did senior Savannah Gates.
Sophomore Nataly Perez had a triple and 3 RBIs. Gates hit 3 doubles and brought in 4 runners. Junior Ashlee Reardon had a double and an RBI; Eller had a double and two RBIs; junior Marisol Rivera went 2-4 with 2 RBIs; Campagne had 2 RBIs; senior Maddie Cooper had an RBI and freshman Karly Grimshaw went 2-3 with an RBI.
Campagne held Patagonia to 2 hits and struck out 4 for the win.
Marisela De La Ossa and Jodie Quiroga picked up hits for Patagonia. Savannah Foster walked and reached on an error. Elizamar Leon took the circle for the Lady Lobos.
San Manuel (12-3) is ranked 4th, Valley Union (12-2) 7th, San Miguel (13-6) 19th and St. David (7-8) is 22nd. Desert Christian (6-8) is 25th and defending state champion Pusch Ridge (6-9) is ranked 26th.