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.

Thursday, April 21, 2022

Softball aims for big regular-season finish

 Xavier Prep’s softball team set itself up with what it hopes will be strong efforts in the final two games of the regular season, both at home, with a big 13-1 victory on the road at Gilbert Perry on Wednesday (April 20).

The game was scoreless for the first three innings and then the Gators went on to finish with a flourish, scoring five runs in the sixth and seventh innings.

Xavier (17-5) collected 16 hits against Perry (20-6), including three hits each from Sofia Zielinski, Bridget Donahey and Elliot Smith. Zielinski and Donahey each had three RBIs, and Donahey also had a home run. Lauren Putz also hit a homer for Xavier.

Pitcher Riley Flynn scattered six hits, walked two and struck out eight to earn the victory. She also drove in two runs with a pair of hits.

Xavier will have home games on Thursday (April 21) against Phoenix Sunnyslope and Monday (April 25) against Chandler Hamilton. Xavier’s graduating senior players will be honored on Senior Night against Sunnyslope. First pitch is 6 p.m.

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