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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — When it's Kentucky Derby season in Louisville, money seems to flow faster than the Ohio River. Hotels and restaurants fill up; bars serve mint juleps and fine Kentucky bourbon. Shopping includes a hunt for the colorful hats worn as a Derby tradition. Parties are thrown, and wagers are plunked down on can't-miss colts and longshots alike as fans guess which horse will win the famous race at Churchill Downs.
This undated image released by the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory shows the bat vault in Louisville, Ky. Visitors can trace that baseball heritage along the Louisville Slugger Walk of Fame, stretching about a mile from the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory to the city’s minor-league ballpark. (AP Photo/Hillerich & Bradsby)
Red Mountain scored 3 in the top of the ninth to beat Mountain View.
Hamilton's Austin Filiere (22) bats during the baseball game between Hamilton and Mountain Pointe at Hamilton High School on Friday, April 11, 2014.
Mountain Pointe's Sam Park (4) bats during the baseball game between Hamilton and Mountain Pointe at Hamilton High School on Friday, April 11, 2014.
It’s just baseball.
Bre Macha pitches a complete game giving up 3 hits, 1 walk, while striking out 15 of the 27 hitters she faced.
In a state full of wonderful and beautiful topography, Arizona also boasts a number of places to see nature from a different perspective — underground. The most famous of these sites is Kartchner Caverns, about 9 miles south of Benson.
Highland's Brock Whittlesey (24) bats during the baseball game between Highland and Desert Vista at Highland High School on Wednesday, April 2, 2014.
Desert Vista's Isaiah Deutsch (15) talks with coach Stan Luketich while at bat during the baseball game between Desert Vista and Highland at Highland High School on Wednesday, April 2, 2014.
After only one season as a baseball assistant under current Basha coach Jim Schilling, Kraig Leuschner was hired to run Williams Field’s program before the 2011 season. With 58 combined wins the past three seasons, the Black Hawks are off to a good start again in Division II as they look to make a deep playoff run. Leuschner took a few minutes this week to talk about taking the next step, the brutal early-season schedule and his surprising junior class to go with some already-touted seniors.
Bre Macha was outstanding in the circle on Thursday, striking out 10, giving up only 3 hits and no runs.
In a rematch of last year's Division I state championship, Red Mountain came out on top.
Saguaro took on Higley at Scottsdale Stadium on Tuesday and came away with a 7-3 win. Tom Jahnke worked five strong innings, striking out four and giving up two earned runs to earn the win. Trent Baze finished up for the 'Cats by striking out three in two innings of work.
Mesa's Marco Perez (5) bats during the baseball game between Mesa and Red Mountain at Mesa High School on Friday, March 28, 2014.
Red Mountain's John Downey (17) bats during the baseball game between Mesa and Red Mountain at Mesa High School on Friday, March 28, 2014.
Mesa's Nicolas Durazo (2) bats during the baseball game between Mesa and Red Mountain at Mesa High School on Friday, March 28, 2014.
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In a battle of two good teams, the Mountain Lions came out on top with six hits, including two by Alyssa Fernandez. None bigger than her triple to lead off the third inning. After two pop ups and a walk to Jordan Beck, Savannah Kirkpatrick came up big scoring Fernandez with a hit. Bre Macha pitched another game with 11 strikeouts, on the day with zero runs allowed.
Red Mountain bats heated up again as every starter in Tuesday's lineup got a hit, led by Jordan Beck, Savannah Kirkpatrick and freshman Tabitha Shupe. All four had two hits. Lindsay Steverson and Alyssa Fernandez each had a hit and 2 RBIs.
Arizona State softball standout Annie Lockwood was barely out of college when she was hired as Skyline’s coach (and special education teacher) last summer. After three coaches in three previous years and 12 wins the previous two seasons combined, the Coyotes are off to their best start in school history at 12-2, including an emotional win of the Marcos de Niza-McClintock tournament last weekend. She took a few minutes this week to talk about the “who” and “why” to the Coyotes’ fast start this season.
With Mark Trumbo's bat added to Paul Goldschmidt's, the D-backs won't be lacking for power in the heart of their order.
Red Mountain scored 14 runs on 16 hits to put away Mountain Pointe in six innings, 14-0. Of the 16 hits, 13 came from the first four batters in the Lions' lineup. Alyssa Fernandez went 3-5 with two doubles; Alex Wiley went 4-5 with two doubles and 4 RBIs; Bre Macha went 3-4 with two doubles and 2 RBIs; and Jordan Beck goes 3-5 with a double and a monster home run. Bre Macha pitched another gem striking out 11, giving up only 1 hit in her six innings of work. The Mountain Lions improve to 3-0 in the Desert Mountain Tournament.
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