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, May 3, 2019

Upset by Tucson sends XCP to elimination bracket

Xavier Prep’s softball team rallied for a win over Queen Creek on Tuesday (April 30) in the first round of the 6A Conference state tournament.

But the fourth-seeded Gators could not continue the magic on Thursday (May 2) as 12th-seeded Tucson High posted its second upset in a row 9-7. The Badgers upset No. 5 Gilbert Perry 4-1 in the first round.

Tucson advances in the winner’s bracket now that the tournament has shifted to a double-elimination format. The Badgers will face defending champion Phoenix Pinnacle, the No. 1 seed, on Tuesday night (May 7) at the Rose Mofford Sports Complex in north Phoenix.

Xavier (16-4), meanwhile, will play an elimination game on Saturday at 1 p.m. against No. 9 Scottsdale Chaparral, which lost to Pinnacle. Xavier defeated Chaparral 11-0 on March 5.

Tucson led 7-5 after the top of the fifth but the Gators managed to tie it at 7-7 in the bottom half of the inning. Tucson then scored the decisive runs in the top of the sixth.

Xavier had seven hits, including two home runs by freshman shortstop Bridget Donahey, who drove in four runs. Tucson had 14 hits, three by Alyssa Carpio.


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