Were the Arizona Diamondbacks simply copying the Chandler softball team?
Probably not, but before the D-Backs put up 13 runs in the fourth inning against Pittsburgh on Sunday, the Wolves scored 16 in the bottom of the third to beat Marcos de Niza last Monday.
According to Chandler athletic director Dave Shapiro, it’s believed to be a school record for runs scored in an inning. It was the only frame in which runs were scored for the game.
The wildness was fueled by 10 walks (six consecutive), three singles, a double, a triple, a sac bunt and one error.
The Wolves’ No. 9 hitter, Kelsey Haeuser, went 2-for-3 in the inning.
“You’re bound to hit something at someone but I don’t think that happened,” Wolves coach Kim Higginbotham said. “It’s also a credit to the kids for being so patient and not swinging out of their heels.”
The Wolves routinely have six freshmen in the lineup, including pitchers Kalli Ohton and Kayla Escobar. Chandler lost seven of its first eight power point games, but won four consecutive entering Tuesday’s contest with Xavier to get back into the playoff picture at No. 16 as of Wednesday morning.
The Highland boys volleyball team made a big statement in this weekend’s Brophy Invitational, dispatching Gilbert 25-10, 25-17 in the finals to claim the tournament title.
The Hawks went undefeated in the two-day stretch, only losing one game early in pool play to Desert Vista.
Gilbert coach Jeff Grover, meanwhile, was happy to see his team make a run to the finals.
The Tigers have been inconsistent this season, but put together a solid Saturday, rallying to beat Tucson Salpointe in the semifinals before running out of gas against the Hawks.
Gilbert played in the semifinals, then had to play the championship match just 15 minutes or so later.
“We knew we could play in as few as two games, or five matches,” Grover said. “Our goal was to play in all five matches, and we made our goal. By the time we were in the finals, I think our boys were pretty emotionally spent.”
The Tigers eased Kyle Webb back into the lineup during the tournament. The team’s best player missed about two weeks with an ankle sprain, but he continues to improve.
“He’s slowly getting back to 100 percent,” Grover said. “I’m not going to lie, we need him back. It’s nice to see him start swinging.”
With the regular seasons completed, the top seeds for next week’s 5A team state tennis tournaments are decided.
Brophy combined an undefeated record (15-0) with the most opponent wins to run away with the top spot in 5A Division I, while Desert Mountain edged out Anthem Boulder Creek for the No. 1 seed in 5A-II.
Xavier cruised to the top spot in 5A-I girls, while Chaparral earned the top seed in 5A-II.
The 5A team tournaments begin April 19.
Tucson Catalina Foothills will be the top team in 4A-I for boys and girls. Cottonwood Mingus is the 4A-II boys leader and Buckeye earned the No. 1 spot in 4A-II girls.
The 4A team tournaments begin April 27.