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.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Xavier softball goes 1-1 to start tourney

Xavier Prep opened its softball season by splitting two games in Thursday’s (Feb. 23) opening round of the Sunrise Mountain Invitational at Rio Vista Park in Peoria.
In the opener against Glendale Raymond S. Kellis, the Gators smacked the ball all over the field for a 15-2 victory. The key inning was the fourth, when XCP scored nine runs.
Senior outfielder Annamarie Hartman led the way with four hits in five at-bats, with five RBIs and three runs scored. One of her hits was a home run.
Jordan Barrett, Melissa Fedorka and Macrina Zachar each drove in a pair of runs, Barrett with three hits and the others with two.
And junior Mercedes Silva looked strong in her pitching debut, giving up just two hits, walking none and striking out five.
In the second game, Xavier went down to the wire before falling to Surprise Shadow Ridge 6-5. Details were unavailable.
Day Two of the tournament is Friday (Feb. 24), with Xavier scheduled to play Peoria Centennial at 4 p.m. The Gators also are due to play on Saturday (Feb. 25).

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