DON KETCHUM is a native of Phoenix. He was a sportswriter for The Arizona Republic/The Phoenix Gazette for nearly four 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.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

XCP softball reaches 20-victory level

If Mesa Dobson High’s softball team wanted to get Xavier Prep’s attention on Friday night (April 17), the visiting Mustangs accomplished their goal.
Dobson did it by scoring in the top of the first inning for a 1-0 lead. Top-ranked Xavier got the run back in its half of the first and broke the game open with seven in the second on the way to an 11-1 victory that was shortened to five innings by the 10-run rule.
The win enabled XCP to reach the 20-victory level at 20-4, while Dobson fell to 8-17.
Sam Sydenham cleared the bases with a bases-loaded double and Melissa Fedorka and Becky Ducar each hit two-run doubles to send the Gators on their way.
Amanda Preach and Mallory Belknap each drove in a run in a two-run third inning.  And Xavier secured the win in the fifth when Belknap led off with a single, advanced to second on a walk to Megan Donahey, went to third on a forceout and scored on a wild pitch.
Caitlyn Dickman pitched the victory for Xavier, giving up just four hits, only one after the first inning.
Xavier returns to action on Tuesday (April 21) with a 7 p.m. game at Petznick Field against Scottsdale Chaparral.

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