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, March 23, 2019

Freshmen fired up in softball win over Desert Vista

The freshmen continue to produce big results for Xavier Prep’s softball team.

Shortstop Bridget Donahey hit a pair of home runs along with two doubles and five RBIs and Riley Flynn had another strong pitching performance as the Gators defeated host Phoenix Desert Vista in Ahwatukee 9-3 on Friday (March 22).

Xavier raised its record to 7-2 while Desert Vista fell to 5-6.

Donahey’s power display comes on the heels of another big game in which she recently hit three homers in a game.

Flynn, who threw a no-hitter against Chandler Hamilton earlier in the week, gave up six hits, did not walk a batter and struck out 11. She also had two hits, including a double, and drove in a run.

Freshman Elliot Smith drove in two runs with a pair of hits, and sophomore Macy Lee drove in a run with two hits.

Xavier has three games next week – on Monday (March 25) at Avondale La Joya, on Tuesday (March 26) at home against Phoenix Trevor Browne, and on Thursday (March 28) at Yuma Kofa.

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