Despite a strong pitching performance by Highland's Casey Edmondson, the Corona del Sol softball team used some timely hitting to advance in the 5A Division I state playoffs with a 2-1 victory over the Hawks.
While Edmondson limited No. 3 Corona to just one hit through 5 innings, back-to-back doubles by CJ Carlson and Vanessa Alvarez spoiled the nine strikeout performance by the junior.
With the win, the Aztecs move on to play No. 2 Horizon on Thursday.
"Every game is important at this point," said Corona coach Jennifer Ray. "There are no easy games at this point and that was a true team effort."
The Aztecs got to Edmondson early — the second pitch. Casey Willow took a pitch on the wrist and scored three hitters later on a Carlson single to put Corona on the board first.
Highland answered in the third, thanks to another hit batsman, Chelsea Kimball, who scored on a single by Jamie Hennis.
GLENDALE MOUNTAIN RIDGE 4, RED MOUNTAIN 3:
Visiting Mountain Ridge pulled away in the fourth inning by scoring two runs to defeat Red Mountain. Mountain Ridge will play Buena at 6 p.m. on Thursday at Rose Mofford Softball Complex in Phoenix.
CHANDLER 11, DESERT VISTA 10:
Sasha Wilson scored on a wild pitch in the 11th inning as host Chandler defeated Desert Vista. Down 10-8 in the bottom of the 10th inning, Abby Wilson hit a two-run home run to tie the game. The Wolves had 22 hits.
"Having 22 hits shows that we’re hitting the ball very good, but in the game of softball you have to have all aspects of the game going for you, especially since it's state playoffs,” Chandler coach Allison Robinson said.
The Wolves advanced to play Red Mountain 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Rose Mofford Softball Complex in Phoenix.
MOUNTAIN POINTE 1, BASHA 0:
Dee Morgan drove in the game-winning run in the top of the eighth inning with a shot to right field that scored Liz Allen. It was one of only three hits in the game for the visiting Pride (13-18). There were only five hits combined in the game as Lauren Stephan of Mountain Pointe, and Sam Parlich of Basha both pitched complete games. Mountain Pointe will play Highland at 8 p.m. Thursday at Rose Mofford Sports Complex.
HORIZON 6, ST. MARY'S 1:
Ashley Smuda had eight strikeouts and earned her 21st win of the season as Horizon defeats St. Mary's. Katie Gimore had three RBIs on three hits, while Becca Tikey added two hits each for the Huskies.
BUENA 10, GILBERT 0 :
Buena needed only five innings to defeat visiting Gilbert. Gilbert moves to the losers' bracket to face Tucson Salpointe Thursday at Rose Mofford at 7:30 p.m.
SALPOINTE 1, MESQUITE 0:
Allie Baumhover had a double on three hits for Mesquite as the Wildcats fall to host Salpointe in a loser's bracket game in eight innings.
PARADISE VALLEY 3, PHOENIX SHADOW MOUNTAIN 0:
Paradise Valley blanked Shadow Mountain as Krista Rosiewicz had two hits and teammate Kristy Kellogg had a single and an RBI, as the Trojans (21-12) advance to the quarterfinals.
TUCSON SUNNYSIDE 1, DESERT MOUNTAIN 0:
Lauren Kemp pitched a complete game for Desert Mountain, but it wasn't enough as the Wolves lost to visiting Sunnyside in the second round.
MARCOS DE NIZA 3, PHOENIX SOUTH MOUNTAIN 0:
Brittany Kessler recorded nine strikeouts and allowed just two hits as the host Padres shut out South Mountain.
CORONA DEL SOL 2, HIGHLAND 1:
Vanessa Alvarez drove in C.J. Carlson for what proved to be the deciding run in the sixth inning to break a 1-1 tie.
Centennial defeated Glendale Deer Valley, 2-0; Ironwood defeated Marana Mountain View, 8-5.