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Here's a list of East Valley high school athletes who've signed letters of intent during this early signing period. This list will be continually updated.
The toe was bothersome, but not being behind the plate was worse.
The East Valley has hundreds of athletes who will move on to play college sports, a few might eventually reach the professional ranks. Needless to say, paring down a list of the top players from the 2012-13 school year was no easy task. However, there were five females that stood out above the rest, either for their complete dominance in one sport or their ability to compete at the highest level in different ones.
All-Tribune Softball First Team
Spring sprang, and now summer has set in.
With a deep inhale and wide smile, Jordan Beck let out the worst-kept secret in Arizona high school softball, and came as close as anyone wearing black and red to acknowledging the history that’s been made on the east end of Brown Road.
Red Mountain's Breana Macha delivers a pitch in the fifth inning while taking on Chaparral in the Div. I State Championship game, Monday, May 13, 2013 on the campus of ASU in Tempe. [Tim Hacker/Tribune]
Red Mountain's third base McKenzy Gutierrez,left, meets at the pitchers mound with Breana Macha,center, and catcher Jordan Beck while taking on Chaparral in the Div. I State Championship game, Monday, May 13, 2013 on the campus of ASU in Tempe. [Tim Hacker/Tribune]
Red Mountain's Breana Macha delivers a pitch in the first inning while taking on Chaparral in the Div. I State Championship game, Monday, May 13, 2013 on the campus of ASU in Tempe. [Tim Hacker/Tribune]
Never a doubt.
A quick breakdown of Monday night's Division I softball state championship matchup between No. 14 Chaparral and No. 6 Red Mountain:
In this dugout is the three-time defending state champions of softball, with a significant portion of the 2012 title team playing prominent roles again. Red Mountain is a No. 6 seed oozing with confidence, has gotten lights-out pitching from junior ace Bre Macha, went through the winner's bracket for a second consecutive year and outscored its opponents 30-4 in this tournament, including a win over its next opponent.
Sunday was not a day of rest for Bre Macha.
It’s Red Mountain and Mountain View in a Division I state tournament semifinal on Wednesday night, which means there’s not much left to say other than “Let’s play.”
Mountain View’s Page Roberts, center, bunts the ball after a pitch by Red Mountain’s Bre Macha during a game between the two teams on March 5. The two Mesa rivals have met twice this season and will play again on Wednesday in a Division I semifinal.
Red Mountain softball coach Rich Hamilton congratulates Breana Macha after hitting a triple Desert Ridge in the Division I Softball State Tournament , Monday, May 6, 2013 in Phoenix at the Rose Mofford Softball Complex. [Tim Hacker/ Tribune]
Red Mountain pitcher Breana Macha delivers a pitch in the first inning of play against Desert Ridge in the Division I Softball State Tournament , Monday, May 6, 2013 in Phoenix at the Rose Mofford Softball Complex. [Tim Hacker/ Tribune]
This was two games of frustration busted out, in a big way.
Red Mountain pitcher Breana Macha delivers a pitch while taking on Chaparral at the Rose Mofford Sports Complex in Phoenix Wednesday, May 1, 2013. [Jerry Burch/Special to Tribune]
If anybody was figuring that the Red Mountain softball run would end after three years, think again.
What a difference a year makes.
Baseball will have a grind of a playoff schedule upcoming for those not among the top eight seeds, but softball — especially Division I — appears to be deeper than ever. Or, at least, deeper than the past five years.
Senior Ryan McGill made the most of senior day as Saguaro beat Fountain Hills, 5-4, on Tuesday in Division II baseball action.
Josh Webster pitched a complete game, allowing just one run on seven hits to lead host Mesquite to a 4-1 victory over Hamilton on Friday.
Down two runs in the bottom of the seventh, Hamilton’s Ryan Peep smacked a walk off two-run double to propel the Huskies baseball team to a 7-6 comeback victory over visiting Horizon on Tuesday.