With Centennial’s fourth batter of the game standing on second base, the scoreboard at Bishop Gorman’s softball field mistakenly had the Bulldogs already credited with four runs.
The scoreboard was the only thing to stay a step ahead of Centennial’s offense on Wednesday.
The Bulldogs’ first four batters had hits and eventually scored as Centennial pounded Arbor View 10-0 in six innings in the winners’ bracket final of the Sunset Region tournament at Gorman.
Centennial (32-6) will play in the region final at 3 p.m. Friday. Arbor View (20-14) meets either Palo Verde (24-6) or Gorman (21-12) at 5 p.m. today, with that winner advancing to the region final and needing to beat Centennial twice.
“Once the first batter gets a nice hit, it sets the tone for all of us,” said Centennial shortstop Heather Bowen, who went 3-for-4 with two doubles, two RBIs and two runs. “We just all want to string it together as a team. We work so hard during practice, and we’re pulling together at the right time.”
Madison Henzlik started the barrage with a double . Mia Acuna followed with an infield single, and Bowen laced a double to left-center to score Henzlik.
Savannah Horvath singled to left to drive home two more and moved to second on an error . Two wild pitches allowed Horvath to score and Centennial’s offense to catch up to the scoreboard.
The Bulldogs scored in every inning but the fifth, ending the game via the mercy rule when Taylor Huntly blasted a two-run home run in the sixth.
The offense was way more than enough for senior pitcher Kate Rauskin, who allowed only one hit and one walk, while striking out five.
■ Bishop Gorman 13, Shadow Ridge 0 — Dayton Yingling and Samantha Stanfill combined on a no-hitter as the Gaels used a nine-run first inning to rout the Mustangs (13-7) in five innings.
■ Palo Verde 8, Cimarron-Memorial 4 — Melissa Lacro went 2-for-4 with a home run, a double and three RBIs, and the Panthers took an early 6-0 lead before holding off the Spartans (18-14).
Green Valley coach Lauren Taylor sent her team onto the field knowing she would need help from key players to get a victory over Silverado.
She didn’t count on the help she got from the Skyhawks’ key players.
Silverado committed seven errors, six in the first two innings, and the Gators capitalized on the way to a 10-3 victory in the winners’ bracket final at Foothill.
The win lifted Green Valley (22-9) into Friday’s 3 p.m. championship game. The Skyhawks (11-7) will play either Coronado (25-11) or Foothill (24-14) in the losers’ bracket final at 5 p.m. today.
“I can’t explain what happened out there,” Taylor said of Silverado’s three first-inning errors. “But it definitely fueled our fire. I always tell the girls to put the ball in play to force the other team to have to make plays. ”
They did it in the first inning, scoring three runs on one hit and three errors, and again in the second with five runs on five hits and three more errors.
Maggie Manwarren, Cori Sutton, Samantha Loving and Megan Barrera each had two hits to lead the Gators’ offense.
■ Foothill 9, Las Vegas 8 — RaeAnn Brems’ fielder’s choice drove in Hannah Stevens in the bottom of the eighth inning to help the Falcons stun the Wildcats (17-12). Foothill scored five runs in the seventh to tie the game.
■ Coronado 3, Rancho 1 — Alex Battest went 3-for-3 with a double to lead the Cougars past the Rams (21-13) in their losers’ bracket game.
DIVISION I-A SOUTHERN REGION
Nicole Lesniak threw a four-hitter with 10 strikeouts and went 2-for-3 with an RBI to help Chaparral to a 3-1 win over Boulder City in the winners’ bracket final at Faith Lutheran.
Megan Gunler was 2-for-3 with an RBI for Chaparral (16-10), which will play in the championship round on Friday.
Faith Lutheran (19-12) plays Cheyenne (20-13-1) at 5 p.m. today, with the winner facing Boulder City (27-8) at 7 p.m.
■ Cheyenne 5, Pahrump Valley 2 — Vanessa Sanders went 2-for-3 with a double, an RBI and a run as the Desert Shields eliminated the Trojans (15-17).
Brittany Leeds threw a two-hitter with four strikeouts to get the win.
■ Faith Lutheran 10, Tech 0 — Kelly Zufall went 2-for-3 with a double and three RBIs to help the Crusaders eliminate the Roadrunners (16-17) in five innings.
Claire Peck went 3-for-3 with a double, three runs and an RBI for Faith Lutheran.