Unbeaten Bears go 4-0 on 1st day of Haught Invitational
PAYSON — Despite wet fields postponing the first day of the Gracie Lee Haught Invitational, Bradshaw Mountain’s softball team was no worse for wear, compiling a 4-0 record in pool play and in the first round of bracket play to remain unbeaten on the 2019 season.
The Bears (14-0 record) did not allow a single run in their four wins, beating Snowflake, 1-0, Joseph City, 17-0 in three innings, Sunnyslope, 7-0, and Buena, 15-0, at Rumsey Park.
Against Snowflake, pitcher Jacie Hambrick threw a two-hit shutout, striking out nine. Hambrick’s RBI single scored Caitlynn Neal for the go-ahead and winning run.
In the rout of Joseph City, Neal pitched three perfect innings, striking out all nine batters she faced. At the dish, Yesenia Gomez went 3 for 3 with two triples, a home run and two RBIs. Kassidy Outlaw followed, going 2 for 4 with a double, a homer and two RBIs.
Hambrick (2 for 2, homer, three RBIs) and Kirsten Schmidt (3 for 3, double, three RBIs) also stood out.
Against Sunnyslope, Neal tossed another gem, tallying a three-hit shutout with 10 strikeouts. At the plate, Gomez was a triple short of the cycle, going 3 for 3 with a double, homer and a single, and three RBIs. Aniessa Ramirez went 2 for 3 with a pair of doubles.
After going 3-0 in pool play, Bradshaw Mountain continued to dominate, crushing Buena, 15-0, in three innings. Again, Neal came up big in the pitcher’s circle, striking out five and allowing one hit in those three frames.
However, back-to-back-to-back-to-back homers from Madisen Duryea, Hambrick, Schmidt and Gomez — a program first — stole the spotlight.
The Bears’ total of six homers in the game was also a program first.
Bradshaw Mountain resumes bracket play at the Haught Invite when it faces Payson at 8 a.m. today, March 15, at Rumsey Park.
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.