DON KETCHUM is a native of Phoenix. He was a sportswriter for The Arizona Republic/The Phoenix Gazette for more than three decades. He covered high school sports on several occasions as well as the Arizona Diamondbacks, Arizona Cardinals and Arizona State sports. From 2008-14, he was a staff writer for, the web site of the Arizona Interscholastic Association.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Softball gets first victory with a flourish

Who let the Gators out?

Xavier Prep put on quite a hitting display on Thursday (March 8), earning their first victory of the season in a 16-2 victory over visiting Phoenix Desert Vista in a contested shortened to five innings by the 10-run rule.

Xavier is now 1-6-2.

The Gators scored 12 runs in the second inning and four more in the fourth.

Xavier collected 17 hits, including four by Lizzie Marino, three by Katie Donahey (including a home run) and two each by Macy Lee, Sydney Johnson and Jordan Bassett.

Pitcher Mercedes Silva picked up the win, giving up just two hits.

Xavier will play a road game on Friday (March 9) against Goodyear Millennium.

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