No. 3 Bagdad shuts out Hayden 10-0
Prep Softball: State Playoffs
PHOENIX — Bagdad’s third-seeded softball team advanced to the 1A state tournament semifinals for the first time since 2011 on Friday, shutting out No. 6 Hayden in a run-ruled five innings in the quarterfinal round.
At Rose Mofford Softball Complex, the Sultans’ Sadie Guthrie was the winning pitcher, allowing only two hits while striking out seven and walking one in five frames.
Guthrie also hit a three-run homer and was intentionally walked three times, including once with the bases loaded. Olivia Carpenter hit a homer, and Hannah Mills went 3 for 4 with an RBI and two runs scored.
Bagdad faces defending 1A state champion and second-seeded Ray in the semis at 10 a.m. today, May 5, at Rose Mofford Softball Complex’s Field No. 4, 9833 N. 25th Ave. in Phoenix.
If the Sultans win, they would advance to the state championship game at 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 7, at Arizona State University’s Farrington Softball Stadium, 510 S. Athletes Place in Tempe, against the winner of today’s No. 1 Superior-No. 4 Williams semifinal.
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