As the softball season became a reality, Xavier Prep players picked a word that would carry them through any situation.
it and have not let go.
The word is tenacious.
are tenacious. They all work together and they are not being intimidated,’’
said coach Brad Downes.
played its fourth game of the season on Tuesday night (March 5), and for the
fourth time scored 10 or more runs in an 11-0 victory over Scottsdale
Chaparral. The game went just five innings because of the 10-run (lead) rule.
now 3-1 and will face visiting Phoenix Maryvale on Thursday (March 7).
produced 12 hits, including a three-run home run and a run-scoring triple by
freshman second baseman Megan Schouten. And freshman Riley Flynn again was on
target in the pitching circle, tossing a four-hitter and striking out six. She
also shut out Glendale Mountain Ridge in five innings last week.
two innings were scoreless and then Xavier put two runs on the board in the
tripled off the tip of the glove of the Chaparral right fielder, bringing home
one run, and Katie Donahey accounted for the second run with a long foul to
left field that went for a sacrifice fly.
floodgates opened for the Gators in the fourth.
went on to score nine runs on eight hits. The highlights were Schouten’s home
run, again to right field, that just seemed to take off and quickly sailed over
the fence, followed by three straight doubles. All runs came with only one out.
appeared it might score first in the third inning, but a heads-up defensive
play by Xavier.
With one out
and a runner at first base, a Chaparral batter hit a ball straight up the
chimney, high over catcher Macy Lee, who was standing near the plate. Flynn and
a couple of the Xavier infielders converged, but Lee could not handle it and
the ball dropped just in front of the plate. The umpire signaled fair ball.
at first attemped to go to third when she thought the third-base bag was unoccupied
by a defender. But Xavier left fielder Sydney Johnson had snuck in to cover the
bag, took the throw and tagged the runner out.
“The way we
are playing is exciting to watch,’’ Downes said.
one of the most exciting. Despite being just a freshman, she is becoming a
played well and we have all worked well together,’’ said Downes, who had seven
underclassmen in the starting lineup against Chaparral. That bodes well for the rest of this season
and for the future.