Bradshaw Mountain completes sweep of winless Mohave
Bears take over 1st place in Grand Canyon region
PRESCOTT VALLEY — Bradshaw Mountain’s softball team took sole possession of first place in the Grand Canyon region on Thursday, April 4, winning its fifth straight after completing a two-game sweep of Mohave.
At the Bears’ campus field, the 4A No. 4-ranked Bears earned their fourth consecutive shutout victory, winning 5-0 behind pitcher Caitlynn Neal’s one-hitter. Neal recorded 15 strikeouts and walked one for her 14th win on the 2019 season.
Bradshaw Mountain improved to 7-1 in region and 12-1 in power-point games, while Mohave dipped to 0-7 and 0-11. No. 5-ranked Mingus lost to Coconino, 6-5, on Thursday to drop to 6-2 in region. Coconino’s 6-2, too, and Flagstaff’s 4-1.
At the plate for Bradshaw Mountain, Neal also led the way, going 2 for 3 with a double and a solo home run. Shelby Dilcher (1 for 3, solo homer), Jacie Hambrick (2 for 3, run scored) and Kirsten Schmidt (2 for 3) aided in the effort.
On Tuesday in Bullhead City, Bradshaw Mountain blanked Mohave, 15-0, in a run-ruled five innings. Hambrick started at pitcher and tossed a one-hit shutout with 11 strikeouts.
Hambrick struck out the side in each of the first three innings. Mohave broke up a perfect game with a bunt in the fifth inning. But the Bears scored a run in the first, five in the fifth, eight in the third and one in the fourth en route to the rout.
Neal again fared well at the dish, going 4 for 4 with a double, four RBIs, three runs scored and a stolen base. Madisen Duryea (2 for 4, three-run homer), Yesenia Gomez (2 for 3, two-run homer), Hambrick (2 for 4, triple, RBI), Kassidy Outlaw (3 for 4, RBI, three runs scored), Layla Stouder (2 for 4) and Aniessa Ramirez (double, RBI) also stood out for the Bears.
Bradshaw Mountain visits area rival Prescott (0-7 Grand Canyon) for its next region game at 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, at the Badgers’ campus field.
Mohave will compete at the Marauder Softball Tournament today, April 5, and Saturday, April 6, in Cottonwood.
Doug Cook is a sports reporter for The Daily Courier. Follow him on Twitter at @dougout_dc. Email him at email@example.com or call 928-445-3333, ext. 2039.