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Estrella holds on against Empire

Lady Wolves to face Winslow in semis

by Casey Pritchard assistant sports editor

With her bat, and then arm, Tatum Reedy helped lift Estrella Foothills into the state semifinals. Reedy, whose three-run home run put the Lady


Wolves on top in the fourth inning, threw out a runner attempting to steal second — with the tying run on third — in the last inning, preserving Estrella’s 7-6 victory over Tucson Empire May 5 at Rose Mofford Sports Complex in Phoenix. “I was totally surprised,” Estrella coach Rick Brungardt said of the attempted steal. “Our play on that situation is if [shortstop] Ashley [Godfrey] can’t get that tag down she immediately fires home, so if that runner is going to come home we’re going to nail her anyway. But she caught the ball perfectly and the girl was right there, so it was a no-brainer.”

but with one out it loaded the bases off Estrella ace Kasia Smith. Miranda Ferrel then struck out, but Sierra Burnham bounced one slowly to short but first baseman Lenora Brafford could not hang on to Godfrey’s throw. Two runs scored on the play, making it a one-run game and putting runners on the corners. That brought leadoff hitter Sabrina Tebou, who was 4 for 4, to the plate, but Burnham took off for second on the first pitch and was gunned down by Reedy, ending the game. “I was very surprised,” Reedy said. “I froze for a second and was like, is she really going, I guess I better throw.”

first inning when she picked Kaelyn Smith off third base, with two runners in scoring position, for the final out. The Lady Ravens didn’t run against Reedy again until the game’s final play. Unlike in the second round on May 4, when Estrella (33-0) led from beginning to end, the Lady Wolves had to come back against Empire three times. The Lady Ravens scored twice in the first against Smith and were threatening for more until the pickoff. Smith didn’t appear to have as much zip on her fastball as normal. “It’s hard when you’re playing back to back, you play at night, you get home and it’s 11 o’clock, you get a couple, six hours of sleep, then we’re up having batting

(See Estrella on Page 13) Reedy had put a stop to Empire’s running game in the Empire (23-5-1) trailed 7-4 entering the last inning,

View photo by Ray Thomas

ESTRELLA FOOTHILLS CATCHER Tatum Reedy takes a throw at the plate while Empire’s Kaelyn Smith slides home. Reedy’s throwing played a major role in the Lady Wolves defeating Empire, 7-6, Saturday in the third round of the Division III state tournament.

Estrella run rules Holbrook to

advance Wolves to meet Fountain Hills in semis

by Casey Pritchard assistant sports editor

View photo by Ray Thomas

MATT FRANK lays down a bunt for Estrella Foothills against Holbrook in Saturday’s Division III state quarterfinal at Surprise Stadium. The Wolves won 11-1 to advance to Friday’s semifinal against Fountain Hills.

Pat McCubbins’ message to his Estrella Foothills team last week was less about baseball and more about family. Sure, the Wolves had a chance to win two state playoff games and reach the semifinals for a second straight year, but instead of harping on the importance of winning and the pressure that goes along with that, he talked about staying together as a team for one more

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