Bradshaw Mountain softball falls short at state
Snowflake eliminates the Bears
For the Tribune
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.
BMHS student places third at state meet
Bradshaw Mountain High’s Ryan Shaver captured a third-place medal in the discus at the 2016 Division II State Track & Field Championships on Saturday, May 7, at Mesa Community College.
Shaver’s toss of 152 feet, 7 inches was about 5 feet shorter than runner-up Keaton Pilimai’s of Queen Creek (157’ 8”). Desert Edge sophomore Tyson Jones easily won the state title (173’ 6”).
A mark for the Bears’ Dylan Wallace in the high jump finals was not immediately available at press time.
Earlier, 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”.
Mayer senior medals
Mayer High senior Makellia Colquitt medaled in the shot put in the Division IV state finals, placing second with a throw of 35 feet, 1.75 inches.
In the high jump finals, sophomore Hannah Stillbert finished 13th (4 feet, 5 inches) and sophomore Charlie Sweetland was 18th (4’ 3”).
On the boys’ side, Kwame Jackson finished 15th in the prelims of the 100m dash (11.87 seconds) and 15th in the prelims of the 200m dash (24.23), missing a finals qualification in both.