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.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Pena, Pinnacle softball get payback vs. XCP

Payback was painful for the Xavier Prep softball team on Tuesday (March 8).
The Gators, who had recently defeated Phoenix Pinnacle and former Xavier coach Bobby Pena 3-2 in the championship game of the Sunrise Mountain Invitational in Peoria, suffered a stunning 14-0 setback to the Pioneers in a game shortened to five innings by the 10-run rule.
Xavier trailed the host Pioneers 1-0 after the first inning but never were in it after that. Pinnacle took control with 10 runs in the second inning.
To make matters worse, Xavier (8-2) committed six errors, including three in the fateful second. Pinnacle also had eight hits in the inning and 12 overall.
And the Gators did not produce a hit against Pinnacle sophomore pitcher Marissa Schuld. The only thing resembling a hit was the infield chopper that Annamarie Hartman outraced to begin the game, but Hartman was called out by the plate umpire for being out of the batter’s box.
Schuld also hit a solo home run in the first inning to put Pinnacle on the board first.
Xavier won’t have to dwell on this one very long. They will be back in action on Wednesday (March 9) at Petznick Field against Glendale Mountain Ridge, which is coached by Michelle Markham, cousin to Xavier coach Carrie Markham.

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