Local Rundown: Snowflake eliminates Bradshaw Mtn. softball from postseason
Division III State Tournament
Bradshaw Mtn. 8
PHOENIX – No. 4 seed Snowflake scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning for a come-from-behind victory over 13th-seeded Bradshaw Mountain, eliminating the Bears from the Division III State Softball Tournament.
With the second-round loss on Thursday, May 5, at the Rose Mofford Complex, Bradshaw finished the 2016 campaign with a 21-9 overall record.
Tied at 7-7 in the top of the seventh inning, Bradshaw grabbed an 8-7 lead. But it wasn’t quite enough, as Snowflake plated a pair of runs with two outs in the bottom of the frame for the walk-off win.
“It was a great game – we played with a lot of heart and a lot of fight,” Bears coach Sharon Haese said of her team. “It was a great season for my kids.”
On the pitcher’s slab, Bradshaw junior McKaylee Dodge suffered the loss, allowing seven hits while fanning four and walking three in seven innings against Snowflake’s power hitters.
“McKaylee had a phenomenal game versus a very strong lineup,” said Haese, referring to the Lobos’ 29 homers on the season. “She did a fantastic job and gave us a chance to win.”
Offensively, freshman Shelby Dilcher led the Bears, going 1-for-3 with a grand slam, which capped a seven-run third inning. Courtney Stahley (1-for-3, RBI, run scored) and Dymond Balderrama (1-for-3, two runs scored) also contributed.
Snowflake led 2-0 in the first inning, buoyed in part by a solo homer. Bradshaw grabbed a 7-2 lead in the third before Snowflake plated five in the fourth behind two more homers to tie it at 7-7 and set up the thrilling finish.
Snowflake will face Payson in the D-III state quarterfinals at 7 p.m. today, May 6, at the Rose Mofford Complex. Payson defeated Mohave, 3-1, in the second round on Thursday to advance.
PREP TRACK & FIELD
Mixed results for Prescott,
Bradshaw at D-II meet (Wed.)
MESA – Prescott High star sophomore Makennah Mills finished 25th in the girls’ 3,200-meter run finals, posting a time of 12 minutes and 21 seconds at the Division II state track and field meet Wednesday, May 4, at Mesa Community College.
In addition, Mills took 13th in the prelims of the 300m hurdles in 48.29 seconds, falling just short of qualifying for the finals.
In the pole vault finals, Sarah Nguyen claimed 15th and Andrew Huber was 20th.
The Badgers’ Molly Courtright ran in the prelims of the 400m dash, finishing 18th in 1:02.33, although she missed the finals.
Today, May 6, Brittany Resendez will throw in the shot put finals.
As for the Prescott boys on Wednesday, Paxton Henry was 19th in the triple jump finals with a leap of 41 feet, 2 inches, and 17th in the long jump finals (20’ 9.5”).
In the shot put finals, Luke Heberer was 18th with a toss of 43’ 10.25”. David Pearce took 11th in the prelims of the 300m hurdles in 41.19 seconds, missing out on a finals qualification.
Today, May 6, the Badgers’ Matthew Bradley will compete in the finals of the 3,200m run. Cade Parker will throw in the discus finals.
For Bradshaw Mountain, on the boys’ side, Jordan Minor set a personal record in the prelims for the long jump, but just missed the cutoff for the finals. He was 10th with a leap of 21’ 7-1/4”.
Justin Castro ran in the prelims of the 400m dash, posting his second-fastest time of the season in 50.67 seconds (11th place), but he also fell short of the finals.
As for the Bears’ girls, Bradshaw coach Ryan Shaver said hurdler Bailey Rozendaal was “running great” in the prelims of the 300m hurdles, “but got tripped up and fell on hurdle 5.” Rozendaal would pick herself up and continue, however, and still finished better than her slowest time of the season, the coach added, in 53.36 seconds.
Bradshaw’s 4x400m boys’ relay team “ran a very respectable race” in the prelims despite not qualifying for the finals. The grouping of Julian Renteria, Alex Villagran, Abe Hernandez and Castro finished 14th in 3:29.97.
The D-II meet continues for Bradshaw on Saturday, May 7, at Mesa Community College, when Dylan Wallace will compete in the high jump and Ryan Shaver will throw the discus.