Local Rundown: Bradshaw Mtn. baseball moves to 2-0 in section
Prescott now 14-1 overall after win at Mingus on Monday
Bradshaw Mtn. 12, Desert Edge 2
PRESCOTT VALLEY – Bradshaw Mountain High’s baseball team won its second straight Division II, Section V game on Tuesday, March 22, run-ruling Desert Edge at home.
The Bears now stand at 2-0 in section play and 4-3 in power-point contests.
Bradshaw, which defeated La Joya in its section opener Friday, March 18, in Avondale, will move on to play three consecutive road games.
The Bears will visit Coconino for a non-division contest at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 24, in Flagstaff before returning to section action at Copper Canyon at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, March 29.
Prescott 4, Mingus Union 3 (Mon.)
COTTONWOOD – Prescott High’s baseball team won its fourth straight contest on Monday, March 21, edging county rival Mingus Union to improve its record to 14-1 overall.
Badgers starting pitcher Matt Mendibles threw a complete game on his way to the victory.
Prescott’s Kody Jones hit an RBI double in the top of the seventh inning that plated Jose Chairez, and the Badgers held on for a 4-3 win.
At the dish for the visitors, Chairez went 4-for-4 with two doubles, a homer, two RBIs and two runs scored. Dawson Winslow also stood out, going 2-for-4 with a homer, an RBI and two runs scored. Jones (1-for-3, RBI), Ryan Greene (1-for-4), Cole Kelley (1-for-3) and Bryden Lindauer (1-for-3) contributed, too.
“It was a heck of a ballgame,” Prescott coach Kent Winslow said.
The Badgers will move on to play three consecutive Division II, Section V games on their campus field off Ruth Street. Prescott will first host Shadow Ridge at 3:30 p.m. Monday, March 28, followed by Bradshaw Mountain at 3:30 Thursday, March 31.
Mingus 20, Chino Valley 0 (Tues.)
COTTONWOOD – Mingus Union took out its frustrations from losing to Prescott on struggling Chino Valley on Tuesday, March 22, in this blowout of the Cougars.
Chino has now lost six straight power-point games and is 3-6 in such contests.
The Cougars will try to get off the schneid at 3 p.m. Thursday, March 24, when they visit Williams in a non-division tilt.
Bradshaw 13, Mingus 1 (Mon.)
COTTONWOOD – Bradshaw Mountain High’s softball team upped its record to 8-5 overall and 3-1 in power-point games after this run-ruled victory in five innings at Mingus on Monday, March 21.
The Bears grabbed a 6-0 lead in the first inning and then plated a run in the second frame and two apiece in the third, fourth and fifth. Mingus crossed its lone run in the fourth.
On the pitcher’s slab, Bradshaw’s McKaylee Dodge garnered the win, allowing only four hits and walking none in five innings.
“She pitched a fantastic game,” Bears coach Sharon Haese said of Dodge.
At the dish for the Bears, Dodge helped her own cause by going 2-for-3 with two doubles and three RBIs. Dymond Balderrama had a monster game, too, as she went 4-for-5 with a triple, four RBIs and two runs scored.
Other Bears who stood out included Katie Grandy (2-for-3, two doubles, RBI, run scored), Courtney Stahley (2-for-3, RBI, two runs scored), Cailee Morgan (2-for-3, run scored), Ashlee Roll (hit, two runs scored) and Emily Hackman (2-for-2, run scored).
Bradshaw batted .500 for the game, hitting a combined 15-for-30.
“I was really pleased with the offense,” Haese said.
The Bears committed a couple of errors in the third inning, but “got back on track and finished the game [well],” Haese added.
On Saturday, March 19, Bradshaw concluded the Gracie Haught Classic in Payson as the consolation bracket runner-up.
The Bears routed Sunnyslope, 17-1, in the consolation semis. Balderrama (2-for-3, triple, RBI, three runs scored), Morgan (2-for-3, triple, three RBIs, run scored), Stahley (3-for-3, RBI, two runs scored) and Roll (2-for-3, RBI, three runs scored) sparkled at the plate. In the pitcher’s circle, Dodge got the win, allowing only two hits and striking out three in four innings.
In the consolation final, Dobson came from behind to defeat Bradshaw, 9-4. The Bears led 4-0 in the second inning before Dobson rallied for the victory in a game called in five innings due to the time limit. Balderrama (1-for-3, triple, two RBIs, run scored) and Morgan (1-for-3, RBI) were Bradshaw’s leaders offensively. Dodge suffered the loss, allowing 10 hits in five frames.
“McKaylee pitched all six games for us [in the tournament] and I’m really proud of her,” Haese said. “It was a good tournament for us.”
Next up, Bradshaw will play host to Apollo for its Division III, Section IV opener at 3:45 p.m. today, March 23, on its campus field in Prescott Valley.
Cortez 12, Chino Valley 3
CHINO VALLEY – Chino Valley High’s softball team lost for the third time in four games on Tuesday, March 22, after succumbing to Cortez at home.
The Cougars (2-3 record in power-point contests) will visit Williams in non-division action at 3 p.m. Thursday, March 24.