Ashley Smuda recorded her second shutout in the 5A Desert Valley Region softball tournament Thursday as host Horizon blanked Phoenix Xavier, 7-0, to clinch a 5A state tournament berth.
Smuda struck out six batters and allowed one walk and two hits for the Huskies (20-8). Horizon’s Jaci Hull went 3-for-3 with a triple and a solo home run, and Sara Cox was 2-for-4 with two RBIs.
RED MOUNTAIN 4, YUMA CIBOLA 1:
Michelle Cannon went 2-for-3 as the host Mountain Lions (27-8) defeated the Raiders to clinch the third seed from the 5A East Valley Region. Chantel Mullins allowed only one hit for Red Mountain.
DESERT MOUNTAIN 6, PHOENIX ST. MARY’S 2: Nicole Rowe went 2-for-3 with an RBI as the Wolves (26-7) defeated the visiting Knights to win the 5A Desert Valley Region tournament. Trailing 2-1 in the bottom of the sixth, Desert Mountain’s Stefanie Ewing hit an RBI double to tie the game and Jenny Lewis hit a single to put the Wolves ahead for good.
MOUNTAIN VIEW 3, DOBSON 2:
Katie O’Donnell went 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI to lead the host Toros (24-7) past the Mustangs in the 5A East Valley Region title game. Malia Salavei was 2-for-3 with a run scored for Mountain View. Dobson’s Angelica Espinoza went 2-for-3 with an RBI. Mountain View and Dobson each earned 5A state tournament berths.
TRACK AND FIELD
4A EAST SKY REGIONALS: Charlie Keating and David Hughes pulled off 1-2 finishes in two events and teammate Jeff Thompson also won two events to lead Arcadia to the boys team title Thursday at Basha High School.
Arcadia won with 133 team points, followed by Tempe (82), Saguaro (76) and Chaparral (72).
Keating won both the 800 meters (2 minutes, .71 seconds) and the 1,600 (4:31.11), followed closely by Hughes (2:01.21 and 4:31.36, respectively).
Thompson swept the hurdle races, winning the 110-meter high hurdles in 15.02 and the 300 intermediate hurdles in 39.94.
Apache Junction’s Ryan Allan was the star in the sprint races, winning the 100 (11.06), 200 (22.66) and 400 (49.73).
On the girls side, Chaparral swept the relay events to win the team title. Blair Crawford led the way in the individual events for the Firebirds by winning the 100 (12.84) and the 300 low hurdles (47.34). Chaparral won the team event with 137 points, followed by Arcadia (83) and Desert Ridge (70).
Arcadia’s Lucy Caldwell also starred in the individual events by winning the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 meters.