Giselle Juarez scattered five hits and Payton Alsobrooks homered on Saturday to pace No.15 Mountain Ridge to a 2-0 win over No. 18 Corona del Sol in the first round of the Division I state softball tournament at Mountain Ridge HS.Juarez fanned five and walked two in pitching a complete game. Juarez doubled in two runs in the first inning and Alsobrooks socked her home run in the sixth for insurance. Mountain Ridge moves on to face Pinnacle on Tuesday.
#11 CHANDLER 6, # 22 GILBERT 0: Gabby Baker shutdown the Tigers with an 11-strikeout performance and two-hitter in the Wolves victory over the Tigers at Chandler. Chandler’s second-round opponent is Xavier on Tuesday at Xavier.
#13 QUEEN CREEK 6, # 20 MOUNTAIN POINTE 4: The Bulldogs plated four runs in the bottom of the sixth to eliminate the Pride at Queen Creek. Kaylee Joyce tied the game at 4 with a single and Brittany Benavidez followed with the go-head RBI single. Veronica Chavez homered for Mountain Pointe. Queen Creek visits defending state champ Sandra Day O’Connor on Tuesday in the second round.
#17 HORIZON 2, #16 SUNRISE MOUNTAIN 0: Huskies freshman pitcher Morgan Leinstock blanked the Mustangs on five hits at Sunrise Mountain. Peyton Prigge and Sami Wells each had an RBI for Horizon. Horizon moves on to the second round to play at top-seed Desert Vista.
#14 CENTENNIAL 5, #19 BASHA 2: The Coyotes scored all five runs in the fourth inning and staved off the Bears at Centennial. Centennial moves on to face Desert Ridge in the second round.
#9 PERRY 4, #24 MESA MTN. VIEW 2: Tatum Johnson hit a two-run homer and Hannah Johnson and Piper Lujan added an RBI apiece as the Pumas rallied past the Toros at Perry. Kenadee Rausch went the distance in the circle for Perry. Perry travels to Red Mountain for second-round play on Tuesday.
#10 BOULDER CREEK 6, #23 LIBERTY 1: Kennedy Wyllie, Kyla Bolen and Brianna Binns combined for seven hits and 4 RBI as the Jaguars topped the Lions at Boulder Creek. Binns was the winning pitcher with six solid innings. She allowed three hits and struck out four. Boulder Creek advances to the second round to face Campo Verde.
#12 CHAPARRAL 11, #21 DESERT MOUNTAIN 0: Chaparral visits Hamilton in the second round on Tuesday.