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.

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Gators need to open softball runs savings account

 Xavier Prep’s softball team has put together some big scoring outbursts of late, but it might deposit some of those opportunities in a run-scoring savings account, similar to a bank savings account.

If there were such a softball account, the team could have a few extra runs on hand, say, in the 6A Conference state tournament.

The Gators had plenty of runs to spare on Monday (April 11), when they rolled up a 21-count in a 21-0, 5-inning victory over host Chandler High, a game that was (mercifully) cut short due to the 10-run rule.

The Gators had a 9-0 run entering the fifth, then opened the floodgates in the fifth with 12 runs.

Xavier (15-4) slugged a pair of home runs (by seniors Bridget Donahey and Emma Petersen), and senior pitcher Riley Flynn did not allow a hit, walking two and striking out nine. Chandler dropped to 11-12-1.

The Gators quickly hit the road on Tuesday (April 12) for a trip to play Tucson High. Xavier was listed fourth in the Arizona Interscholastic Association’s power points rankings and Tucson was right behind at No. 5.

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