The Scottsdale Chaparral softball team had to battle through injuries all year to claim the No. 2 seed in the 4A-I state tournament.
All that hard work was derailed in five minutes.
Seventh-seeded Tucson Sahuaro sprung for three first-inning runs and Kira White put the clamps on Chaparral's offense in Sahuaro's 6-0 win in the second round of the state tournament Monday night at the Rose Mofford Sports Complex in Phoenix.
White tossed a four-hitter with 13 strikeouts. She struck out the side in the second, third and fourth innings and has allowed just two earned runs all year.
"We came out and we weren't as crisp as we wanted to be," Chaparral coach Wes Little said.
"They're a great team. Solid ballclub with a good pitcher, she's only a sophomore. They're going to have a lot of success."
Sahuaro had five hits in the first inning off Mackenzie Popescue, the big blow a one-out double off the left-field wall by Logan Hall that scored the first two runs of the game.
Jessica Schneider then knocked in Hall, and the Cougars added an unearned run in the third inning to go ahead by four.
"In February, we knew there were four or five teams that could win the state championship, and we knew we were one of them," Sahuaro coach Steve Sanchez said.
Rebecca Mullin added a two-run single in the top of the seventh. Popescue allowed five earned runs in the game after allowing only 10 all season prior to Monday's game.
"They were getting their money's worth on every swing," Little said.
Tessa Braga went 3-for-4 with a double for Chaparral. Christine Clark had the only other hit off White, a seventh-inning single with the game already out of reach.
Chaparral dealt with injuries all season, but still won 18 games to grab the No. 2 seed.
"I'm not going to use any excuses," Little said.
"They came out and they beat us. They were the better ballclub today."