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McClintock shortstop Mary Mentz slammed two home runs and a double off the wall, driving in four runs, scoring three more and stealing two bases in leading the Chargers to an 11-3 victory Thursday at Poston Butte.
Easter is this coming Sunday, April 20, and there are tons of Easter egg hunts happening all over the East Valley all weekend. These five hunts have free admission, but some do have parking or additional activity fees.
Sunday, April 20
Red Mountain scored 5 runs on 11 hits to shut down Skyline on Wednesday.
Pink stands for strength in the Higley Lady Knights softball team.
Higley High School softball coach Patti Smith was surprised by a “pink out” celebration in early April put on by her team. Smith is a 9-year cancer survivor.
McClintock senior Kelsey Vogt pitched a two-hit shutout for the Chargers in their run-rule victory Tuesday at McClintock. Senior third baseman Dian Nordstrom led the Chargers' offense as she went 2 for 3 with three RBI. Junior shortstop Mary Mentz also went 2 for 3 for McClintock and had two of the Chargers' six stolen bases. Higley catcher Jessie Arnett collected both hits for the Knights.
Red Mountain scored 3 in the top of the ninth to beat Mountain View.
Bre Macha pitches a complete game giving up 3 hits, 1 walk, while striking out 15 of the 27 hitters she faced.
McClintock junior leadoff hitter Andi Blodgett led the Chargers, going 4 for 4 with a walk, a double, two runs scored and two RBI as McClintock broke it open late against Mesa High.
Alex Wiley had a great day at the plate and on the mound to lead Red Mountain. She went 3 for 4 with 2 doubles, a home run and 5 RBIs; while Lindsay Steverson added two hits and 3 RBIs; Kenzy Gutierrez had 2 hits and 2 RBIs and Tori Sotelo also had 2 hits.
In a classic pitchers' duel, Arcadia's Emily Ingles outpaced McClintock's Shealynn Zimnick for a 2-0 win Thursday at Arcadia. Ingles struck out 12 and limited McClintock to four hits in earning the shutout. Zimnick also pitched well, scattering six hits and striking out three, giving up just one earned run. Arcadia's Alexis Harger and Macy Bellamak each two hits and a run for the Titans. Zimnick and Shannon Geraty had doubles for McClintock but were left stranded.
Bre Macha was outstanding in the circle on Thursday, striking out 10, giving up only 3 hits and no runs.
The Buffalo Foundation will sponsor the 6th induction ceremony for the Tempe High School Hall of Fame on Thursday, April 17th at 6 p.m. in the Tempe High cafeteria.
Sunday, April 6
In a rematch of last year's Division I state championship, Red Mountain came out on top.
McClintock senior pitcher Shealynn Zimnick had perhaps the most dominating performance of her career since she threw a perfect game as a freshman, striking out 12 in a five-inning one-hitter against South Mountain.
McClintock avenged a 24-6 loss in the Marcos-McClintock Spring Break Invitational and matched its season win total (nine) from last year with a 5-3 road win Friday at Mesquite.
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.
Best Insurance Agent
Jack Costello of Liberty Mutual Insurance
1314 N. Recker Road, Suite 103
(480) 337-0250 or libertymutual.com/jackcostello
A U.S. Navy vet who served eight years aboard the U.S.S. Carl Vinson, Jack Costello is a member of the SouthEast Valley Association of Realtors and won the organization’s associate of the year award in December. Costello also volunteers as a volunteer football, baseball and softball coach and at his alma mater, Red Mountain High School, where he organized a crashed car demonstration in March.
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Two McClintock errors in the ninth inning opened the door to four unearned runs for Marcos de Niza, which capitalized on its own stellar defense to beat the Chargers 7-3 in extra innings on Tuesday. Marcos de Niza made two double plays, with second baseman Mikaela Rodriguez at the heart of both, made three running catches in the outfield, and threw out two McClintock runners at the plate, including the potential game-winning run with two outs in the seventh inning. Alexis Osuna had the big hit in the ninth for Marcos de Niza, a two-run double, and Corina Goings was 2 for 4 for the Padres. For McClintock, Shealynn Zimnick was the tough-luck losing pitcher, giving up only one earned run over the nine innings and striking out 11. She also was 2 for 4 at the plate. Karina Hidalgo, Mary Mentz, Audra Emmerson and Shannon Geraty also had two hits apiece for McClintock.
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.
It’s time to put it all together.
Best Public (District) School:
Red Mountain High School
7301 E. Brown Road
(480) 472-8000 or mpsaz.org/rmhs
Red Mountain High School has a strong education reputation, which is reflected by the “A” designation it received from the state’s AZ Learns rankings. Red Mountain has found success in athletics, too — especially in softball; the team has won the last three state championships. The football team also made the playoffs in 2013-14 school year and made it to the quarterfinals.
East Valley Institute of Technology
Main campus: 1601 W. Main St., (480) 461-4000, and East campus: 6625 S. Power Road, (480) 308-4600
Las Sendas Elementary School
3120 N. Red Mountain Road
(480) 472-8750 or mpsaz.org/lassendas
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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.