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Results Baseball March 30 Westview 8, Ironwood 3 April 2

Desert Edge 2, Shadow Ridge 1 Josh Famolaro had a pair of hits and knocked in a run for the Scorpions. April 3

Millennium 8, Tolleson 6 Fountain Hills 13, Estrella Foothills 3 Sam Williams had three hits, including a double, and one RBI to lead the Wolves offensively. Agua Fria 11, Copper Canyon 9 The Owls rallied for six runs in the bottom of the seventh to pull out the win. Josh Decker’s three hits led Agua Fria. Nick Day homered, drove in a run and scored three. Trevor Browne 6, Westview 5 Verrado 5, Carl Hayden 4 Chris Burks and Tyler Boxwell both had two hits for the Vipers. Burks had a double and Boxwell a triple. Youngker 11, Desert Edge 1 La Joya 15, Betty Fairfax 0 (5 innings)

Ramon Rubio had four hits and two RBI to pace the Lobos. Antonio Lopez had two hits, including a home run, and five RBI. Lopez picked up the win by throwing a complete-game four- hitter, striking out nine. April 4

Agua Fria 5, Betty Fairfax 1 Cedric Rodriguez led the Owls at the plate with three hits, including a pair of triples. He drove in a run and scored one. Nick Day and Josh Decker both added two hits with both of Day’s being doubles. Jose Hernandez hurled a complete-game five-hitter to earn the victory. He struck out five and walked none.

Softball March 30 Westview 16, Desert Edge 6 Chelsie Goddard and Lindsey Simmons both homered for the Lady Knights. Simmons had two hits and drove in four runs and Goddard contributed three hits and two RBI. March 31 Flagstaff 7, Youngker 0 April 2 Verrado 8, Shadow Ridge 0 Sierra Smith’s three hits led the lady Vipers. Shea Smith and Kaylah Hampton each added two hits, and Shea Smith had two RBI. Morgan Brown earned the win with a complete-game two-hitter.

She struck out 12 and walked four. Tolleson 11, Cesar Chavez 6 Julie Elias had three hits and three RBI to lead Tolleson offensively. Bianca Sanchez and Nalani Livingstone both added a pair of hits. April 3 Verrado 15, Buckeye 0 (4 innings) Sierra Smith led the Lady Vipers with four hits, including a double and triple. Shea Smith and Isabel Flores both added three hits and Flores had four RBI. Lauren Serrato threw a complete-game four-hitter, striking out eight, for the win. Millennium 14, Tolleson 4 Westview 16, Trevor Browne 1 (4 innings) Sianna Gomez’s four hits, including two doubles, led the Lady Knights. Lindsay Simmons had three hits, including a double, and four RBI. Mikaela Reed picked up the win, hurling a two-hitter. She fanned three and walked two. Agua Fria 10, Copper Canyon 4 Betty Fairfax 8, La Joya 1 Desert Edge 24, Youngker 1 (5 innings) Cyra Wentz had four hits and drove in a run for the Lady Scorpions. Kaitlyn Raney, Serena Cruz, Nikki Trujillo and Ariann Samaniego all contributed three hits. Samaniego’s hits included a pair of homers and she drove in five runs. April 4 Estrella Foothills 10, Fountain Hills 0

Boys tennis April 2

Agua Fria 9, Sunrise Mountain 0 April 3 Estrella Foothills 6, Agua Fria 3 Copper Canyon 8, Tolleson 1 Verrado 9, Glendale 0

Girls tennis April 2

Desert Edge 5, Youngker 4 April 3 Westview 9, La Joya 0 Verrado 6, Glendale 3 April 4

Copper Canyon 7, Westview 2

Schedule Baseball April 6

Agua Fria at Youngker, 3:45 p.m. Wickenburg at Estrella Foothills, 3 p.m.

Globe at Estrella Foothills, 6 p.m.

Florence at Verrado, 3 p.m. Snowflake at Verrado, 6 p.m. Holbrook at Buckeye, 6 p.m. Willow Canyon at Millennium, 4 p.m. April 9

Desert Edge at Youngker, 3:45 p.m. April 10

Millennium at Chaparral, 4 p.m. Verrado at Estrella Foothills, 6 p.m. April 12 Cesar Chavez at Westview, 3:45 p.m. La Joya at Agua Fria, 4 p.m. Sierra Linda at Youngker, 6 p.m. Raymond S. Kellis at Desert Edge, 6 p.m. Buckeye at South Mountain, 4 p.m. Tonopah Valley at Salome (DH), 2 p.m. Maryvale at Tolleson, 6 p.m. Trevor Browne at Millennium, 4 p.m.

Softball April 6 Youngker at Agua Fria, 4 p.m. April 9 Buckeye at Betty Fairfax, 3:45 p.m. April 10 Trevor Browne at Millennium, 4 p.m. Verrado at Estrella Foothills, 6 p.m. Buckeye at Desert Edge, 6 p.m. April 12 Westview at Verrado, 3:45 p.m. Buckeye at Agua Fria, 4 p.m. Tolleson at Maryvale, 3:45 p.m. La Joya at Copper Canyon, 3:45 p.m.

Desert Edge at Raymond S. Kellis, 3:45 Salome at Tonopah Valley, 3:45 p.m.


(All meets at 3:30 p.m. unless noted) April 11 Westview and Desert Edge at Peoria

Agua Fria and Carl Hayden at Cesar Chavez. 4 p.m. April 18 St. Mary’s and Glendale at Westview

Boys tennis

(All matches at 3:30 p.m. unless noted) April 6 Dysart at Verrado






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Centennial and Sierra Linda at Agua Fria, 4 p.m.

View file photo by Ray Thomas

AVERY ELLIOTT of Youngker prepares to make a throw across the diamond against Esrella Foothills March 8. Elliott and the Rough Riders used two big innings to gets past Desert Edge, 11-1, Tuesday.

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hit a chopper to the left side that short hopped Anthony Hernandez at shortstop and bounced off of him and into foul territory, scoring two runs and making it 4-1. Miller hit two more batters before he was relieved, and Youngker made it 6-1 at the end of the frame. “I think he started to show fatigue a little bit,” Molett said of Miller. “When you start to elevate the ball like that it’s a sign of fatigue. We didn’t go get him more or less because hitting the kids, we just thought he was tired. It was better to get him out and keep him healthy.” While Miller started to struggle, Griego was sharp all the way through. He went the distance, scattering five hits and four walks while striking out three. He threw only 102 pitches.

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on,” Sifford said. “Last week, Devon [Spreitzer] threw a good game against Estrella [Foothills]. We came out tonight and had another great pitching performance with Tim. It’s good that two pitchers are really hitting their stride.” Griego helped himself by working ahead in the count all night, throwing first pitch strikes to 22 of the 30 batters he faced. “All tonight I felt like I was in a zone,

I was concentrating, I wanted the win so bad,” Griego said. “I just kept telling myself I can do it, I’m better than all of them, and it came through for me tonight. All my stuff was working.”


many fly balls, as nine of its 15 outs recorded on balls in play were popped into

Desert Edge fell victim to hitting too “Our pitching is starting to come

the air. It’s been a problem of late for the Scorpions, who rely on small ball to help them score runs. “We’re hitting a lot of fly balls right

now and not putting a lot of pressure on teams defensively,” Molett said. “We’re hitting fly balls, and at the high school level 99 percent of the time those are caught. If you want to put pressure on people you have to put it on the ground and make them make plays.” Additionally, Youngker put a stop to the Scorpions’ small ball with good defense and Griego’s ability to hold runners on. Desert Edge did not lay down a successful sacrifice bunt all game, nor did it steal a base.

“We talked last week about grinding and grinding and eventually good things will happen. In past years we would never really grind, but this team is a fighting team and if it’s close we’ll come out ahead because they keep grinding.”

Youngker baseball coach — Dustin Sifford

“We practiced that because I know that’s what they do, they bunt and they steal and they’re good at it,” Sifford said. “They’ve won a lot of close games because of that, so we practiced it and I don’t think they stole many bases tonight.”

Desert Edge was led at the plate by Koichi Ono, who was 2 for 4. Youngker’s

was Hernandez, who was 2 for 4 with three runs scored and two RBI. Portillo also had two hits and scored twice, and he knocked in a run. “We talked last week about grinding and grinding and eventually good things will happen,” Sifford said. “In past years we would never really grind, but this team is a fighting team and if it’s close we’ll come out ahead because they keep grinding.”

Desert Edge played again Wednesday, beating/losing to Glendale Raymond S. Kellis, **. Youngker played Shadow Ridge on Thursday. The result was unavailable at press time. At 6 p.m. today the Rough Riders host Agua Fria.

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