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, April 30, 2021

Softball smacks 2 HRs, runs away from Westwood

 Xavier Prep’s softball team is entering the final stretch of the 2021 regular season.

The Gators rebounded from their second loss of the season to Chandler Hamilton on Wednesday (April 27) with a 17-0 road victory in five innings over Mesa Westwood on Thursday (April 28).

Xavier (12-2) got a solid pitching effort from sophomore Zoe Zowine, who gave up two hits, walked five and struck out 11.

The Gators also got home runs from freshman Sofia Zielinski and junior Bridget Donahey and three RBIs from senior Jazmin Andrade. And XCP also got help from the Westwood defense, which committed nine errors

Xavier, still No. 1 in the most recent release of the Arizona Interscholastic Association’s power points list, was due to face Phoenix Mountain Pointe on Friday (April 30), but that contest was canceled.

That leaves three games in three consecutive days next week to finish out the regular season. Two are on the road and one will be at home.

The first game comes on Monday (May 3) at Mesa Red Mountain, with a 6:30 p.m. start. That will be followed by another night game on Tuesday (May 4), the Gators’ final home game against Phoenix Sandra Day O’Connor at 6:30. And the finale on Wednesday (May 5) will be an afternoon contest (3:45) at Phoenix Pinnacle.

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