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Local Rundown: Prescott baseball stays hot; Bradshaw clinches section

In this file photo, Prescott's Griffin Hays fires a pitch April 22 against Tolleson. Hays pitched 4-2/3 innings on Saturday afternoon, allowing four runs on eight hits in a 8-7 victory over McClintock in the first round of the Division II state playoffs in Prescott. (Matt Hinshaw/The Daily Courier)
Photo by Matt Hinshaw.

In this file photo, Prescott's Griffin Hays fires a pitch April 22 against Tolleson. Hays pitched 4-2/3 innings on Saturday afternoon, allowing four runs on eight hits in a 8-7 victory over McClintock in the first round of the Division II state playoffs in Prescott. (Matt Hinshaw/The Daily Courier)

PREP BASEBALL Prescott 6 Tolleson Union 1

PRESCOTT – Prescott High’s baseball team extended its winning streak to three after this five-run victory over Tolleson Union in Division II, Section V play on Friday, April 22.

The Badgers now stand at 6-4 in the section and 11-5 in power-point games with two contests remaining in the regular season.

Prescott pitcher Griffin Hays allowed one run on four hits, striking out two and walking a pair, in a complete-game victory.

At the plate for the Badgers, Justin Warren was 1-for-2 with a three-run single and Matt Mendibles went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored. Ryan Greene (2-for-3, double) and Cole Kelley (2-for-3) also contributed.

D-II No. 15-ranked Prescott will host Higley in a division tilt at 6 p.m. Monday, April 25, on Senior Day. The Badgers close out the regular campaign at section opponent La Joya at 3:45 p.m. Wednesday, April 27.

Bradshaw Mtn. 18 Westview 8

PRESCOTT VALLEY – Bradshaw Mountain High’s baseball team clinched the D-II, Section V title with this rout of struggling Westview on Friday, April 22.

The D-II No. 11-ranked Bears, winners of three straight, now have a 9-1 record in the section and a 12-5 mark in power-point games.

Even if Bradshaw lost at Tolleson Union on Wednesday, April 27, in its section/season finale and second-place Verrado (8-2) defeated Valley Vista that afternoon, the Bears would win the tiebreaker.

PREP SOFTBALL Prescott 8 Tolleson Union 4 (eight inn.)

TOLLESON – Prescott High’s softball team snapped a 4-4 tie by scoring four runs in the top of the eighth inning and held on for its sixth consecutive victory on Friday, April 22.

Kendall Schwartz and Evelyn Morales each hit an RBI single in the eighth that helped make the difference for the surging D-II No. 14-ranked Badgers.

Prescott (10-5 overall record in power-point games, 6-3 in section) will visit McClintock at 3:45 p.m. Monday, April 25, for a non-section game. The Badgers close the regular season when they host section opponent La Joya Community at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 27.

Bradshaw Mtn. 6 Northwest Christian 5

PHOENIX – The Division III No. 16-ranked Bradshaw Mountain High softball team held on in the seventh inning to defeat Northwest Christian in Section IV play on Friday, April 22.

The Bears now own an 8-2 record in the section, trailing only front runners Thunderbird (8-2, holds tiebreaker) and Apollo (7-1).

Bradshaw carried a 6-2 lead into the bottom of the seventh. With one out, the Crusaders’ three-hole hitter ripped a three-run homer to cut it to 6-5. But the Bears remained composed, coach Sharon Haese said, and they escaped the inning for the win.

Pitcher McKaylee Dodge allowed five hits and walked four in seven innings to garner the victory for Bradshaw.

At the dish for the Bears, Dymond Balderrama was 2-for-4 with a run scored and a stolen base, while Cailee Morgan went 2-for-4 with an RBI single, an RBI double, two runs scored and a stolen base.

Courtney Stahley (2-for-5, double, two RBIs, run scored), Katie Grandy (2-for-5, three stolen bases), Jamie Peterson (1-for-4, stolen base) and Ashlee Roll (2-for-3, stolen base) also stood out.

Bradshaw Mountain (18-7 overall record, 12-4 in power-point games) will visit Barry Goldwater for its section finale at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, April 26.

Mayer 8 Williams 6

WILLIAMS – Mayer High’s softball team knocked off Division V, Section III leader Williams on Friday, April 22, improving to 5-2 in section and 11-5 in power-point games.

D-V No. 8-ranked Williams dropped to 5-1 in section, 10-5 overall.

The No. 16 Wildcats will host struggling Anthem Prep in their section finale at 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 26.

PREP GOLF Chino Valley shows progress at Paradise Honors (Thurs.)

SURPRISE – Chino Valley High’s golf team finished third at a three-way meet, but posted a respectable 199 score on Thursday, April 21, at Paradise Honors.

Camp Verde won with a 180 and Paradise Honors shot a 182.

For Chino individually, Rory Stupak continued to gain momentum, firing a 43. Cougars coach Jerry Behm said Stupak focused on “keeping his drives and long irons accurate instead of long.”

Stupak was pushed by teammate CJ Knight, who tallied a 46.

“This was the best round CJ has had in several matches,” Behm said. “As with most golfers, CJ had tinkered with his swing, attempting to get more distance off the tee. However, the tinkering took him in the wrong direction.

“He has returned to a swing that produced good scores. He has also taken the time to practice his short irons and around-the-green shots.

Rounding out the Cougars’ scorers were Jared Minkus with a 54 and Kylee Rabe Mazza with a 56.

Chino Valley next travels to Kingman Academy for a match on Tuesday, April 26. The Cougars will then host the High Desert Invitational at Antelope Hills Golf Course in Prescott on Friday, April 29, and Saturday, April 30.

PREP VOLLEYBALL Prescott boys hold their own at Dobson Invite

MESA – Prescott High’s boys’ volleyball team finished the Dobson Invitational Tournament with a 3-4-1 record on Friday, April 22.

The Badgers registered wins over Skyline (22-17, 24-16), Scottsdale Christian (25-17, 22-20) and Poston Butte (22-16, 21-18). They tied Northwest Christian 23-17, 13-28.

Prescott’s losses came to Corona del Sol (19-23, 16-30), Westwood (20-23, 20-29), Higley (14-22, 19-20) and Benjamin Franklin (23-25, 25-19, 5-15; first round of the bronze bracket).

The Badgers will conclude their 2016 season at 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 29, at Northwest Christian in Phoenix.

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