Redemption on the softball field is a dish best served with a heaping helping of home runs.
approach worked very well for Xavier Prep’s Gators on Tuesday (April 9) with a
14-6 road victory over host Gilbert Perry, a game in which they bashed four home
runs and accounted for 21 hits in total.
days earlier, on April 5, Perry had escaped with a 5-4 win over the Gators at
Tuesday’s win, Xavier had hoped to climb out of the No. 6 spot on the Arizona
Interscholastic Association’s 6A Conference power-points list. That likely
would have enabled XCP to have secured a better spot in the upcoming state
tournament with one and perhaps two home games in the first two rounds.
latest numbers apparently did not justify any upward movement, and Xavier
(13-3, 4-2 in Premier Region play) remained at No. 6 when the latest rankings
appeared on Wednesday morning (April 10). Perry, on the other hand, was another
story. The Pumas (15-6, 4-2) dropped from the No. 2 spot to No. 5, just ahead of
Xavier has a home-and-home Premier Region series with Chandler High to wrap up
the regular season. The first game is on Thursday night (April 11) at Petznick
Field, and the later 6 p.m. start will allow XCP to pay tribute to its seniors on
Senior Night. The second will be at Chandler on Friday (April 12) with a 4 p.m.
Xavier-Perry game featured a good pitchers’ duel between Xavier freshman Riley
Flynn and Perry senior Saige Stutz. Fans hoped for a similar battle on Tuesday,
but it did not materialize.
locked in on Stutz early and often, scoring six runs on seven hits in the first
inning. The highlight was a three-run homer by sophomore catcher Macy Lee. The
wind was blowing out all afternoon, but Lee’s shot did not need much help as
the ball caromed off the big metal scoreboard behind the center field fence.
Cameron Martin was next to circle the bases with one swing. That came with one
out in the third inning to right-center. The third came when freshman second
baseman Megan Schouten led off the fourth with a blast to right. And the fourth
was a laser line drive to center for a three-run homer by freshman shortstop
Bridget Donahey in the fifth that gave Xavier a 13-0 lead.
just 3 1/3 innings, giving up 10 runs on 11 hits with four strikeouts. Perry
used three pitchers on the day.
“We had a
good day of practice (on Monday) and we talked a lot about what their pitcher (Stutz)
does,’’ said Xavier coach Brad Downes. “We know she likes to work ahead in the
count, so we wanted to be more aggressive early (in the count). We swung the
bats real well.’’
Donahey collected five hits and hit for the cycle in the process. Martin had
four hits and Sydney Johnson and Lee had three (Lee had five RBIs).
like it might be a short day for Flynn. Had she set down the Pumas with little
difficulty in the fifth, the game would have been shortened due to the 10-run
rule. But Perry bounced back a bit, keeping things alive with four runs in the
fifth, another run in the sixth and another in the seventh.
Five of the
runs came on three home runs, including two by senior Kylee Hough. She might be
the state’s best power hitter, maybe best hitter, period. She also hit a home
run in last week’s game at Xavier and had another recent two-homer game.
up six runs on nine hits and three walks, with nine strikeouts.
(Perry) got onto her late in the game. It was kind of a hot day out there and
they are a good-hitting team,’’ Downes said.