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.

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Xavier's Flynn joins elite national softball list

More recognition for the Xavier Prep softball program has surfaced with the selection of pitcher Riley Flynn as the No. 311 player in the nation for the Class of 2022 by the Extra Innings Softball media outlet.

Selections were made primarily for players’ freshman seasons, but Flynn was well on her way to a stellar sophomore campaign in 2020 before the world was turned upside down by the COVID-19 virus.

As a freshman, Flynn helped Xavier reach the 6A Conference state tournament with a 17-3 record while hitting .437.

In 2020, she was 8-1 in the team’s first nine games, striking out 69 batters in 52 1/3 innings with an earned run average of 0.91. In what would be her final two games of the season during the first week of March, she pitched back-to-back two-hit shutouts over Glendale Mountain Ridge and Mesa Red Mountain.

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