No. 1-ranked Phoenix still in charge in ACCAC softball

No. 1-ranked Phoenix still in charge in ACCAC softball

  Phoenix remains unbeaten after 25 games and sits alone atop the ACCAC softball standings.

 The nationally-number one ranked Bears (25-0, 18-0) won six times last week with sweeps of Mesa, 8-0 (5), 11-0 (5); South Mountain, 5-1, 11-4, and GateWay, 13-1 (5), 8-0 (6).

  Against MCC, Phoenix got one-hit pitching in both games. Brianna Hardy won the opener with 11 strikeouts and Kalea Smith took the nightcap. Hardy came back to strikeout 16 in the first game against SMCC and PC pounded out 16 hits with Nicole Villa collecting three in the second contest. In the Gateway doubleheader the Bears collected 15 more hits in game one, led by Sydnee Smith with three and five RBIs. In game two Julianne Malis tossed a six-inning one-hitter with 8 Ks.

  Yavapai (21-6, 15-2) is 2 ½ games back and has won 12 straight itself. The Roughriders swept GateWay, 16-0 (5), 13-4 (5) and Paradise Valley, 12-8, 10-2 (5). In the first game against the Geckos YC had a 20-hit attack with Jenna Smith going 4-4 and Alyssa Carpio, Alexus Garza and Alexis Garayzar each totaling three.  Cassie Elliott pitched a shutout. Garza picked up three more hits in the second contest and collected six RBIs, partially with a pair of home runs. The first game with PVCC was a battle with Yavapai scoring four in the fifth inning for the win. In that one Ashley Herman went 5-5.

  Arizona Western (13-6, 6-4) had a 3-3 week, first splitting a pair with Central Arizona, winning 2-0 and falling 5-4. Then the Matadors dropped two to Eastern Arizona, 2-1, 8-2, before bouncing back with a sweep of South Mountain, 5-0, 9-1 (5). The opener saw Anahi Grijalva toss a two-hitter with ten strikeouts, while Cielo Echols went 3-3 and knocked in three in the nightcap.

  Eastern Arizona (15-12, 13-5) remains near the top. The Gila Monsters won five of six during the week. First, they took two from Glendale, 11-10 (9), 9-2. In a wild contest in game one, the Gauchos scored seven in the top of the ninth, only to see EAC win it with eight in the bottom half of the inning. Taylor Murphy had four hits and three RBIs. The Monsters then took two from Arizona Western, as mentioned above, before splitting with Pima. The Aztecs won the first game, 3-2, but Eastern bounced back for a 6-0 win in the second with Kayla Hensley driving in three with a pair of doubles.