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Tri-City Prep softball wins Canyon Athletic Association state championship
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The Tri-City Preparatory softball team poses for a photo holding the Canyon Athletic Association state championship trophy and banner Saturday, April 27, 2019, in Tempe. Tri-City Prep. beat Gila Bend 13-9 for the title. (Tri-City Preparatory/Courtesy)

The Tri-City Preparatory softball team poses for a photo holding the Canyon Athletic Association state championship trophy and banner Saturday, April 27, 2019, in Tempe. Tri-City Prep. beat Gila Bend 13-9 for the title. (Tri-City Preparatory/Courtesy)

TEMPE — The Tri-City Preparatory softball team won the program’s first state championship with a 13-9 victory over Gila Bend in the Canyon Athletic Association title game Saturday.

“We are so proud of our student-athletes for their hard work and effort this season,” Tri-City Prep. coach John Hurtado said. “At the start of the season we set a goal for these ladies to reach, which was the championship game. Win or lose, we would be satisfied. To achieve and surpass this goal by winning the championship game is an amazing accomplishment that will serve as a tremendous life lesson for them.”

Tri-City Prep. received a first-round bye, and beat Ajo 19-4 in the state semifinals to advance to the championship at Alberta B. Farrington Softball Stadium on the campus of Arizona State University.

Starting pitcher Jenna Smith, who was voted MVP of the league, said she was thankful for everyone on the team and the coaches.

“Without them, we wouldn’t have had the opportunity to even make it to the finals, let alone win,” Smith said.

Senior Emma Burns said playing softball this season allowed her to “grow as a person and a teammate.”

“It added so much fun to my high school experience,” Burns said. “Winning the state championship was definitely the best way to close out our senior year.”

Brian M. Bergner Jr. is news/sports editor for The Daily Courier of Prescott News Network. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and SoundCloud at @TheEditorDesk. Email bbergner@prescottaz.com or call 928-445-3333, ext. 1106.

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