After tossing seven innings of shutout softball Wednesday, Green Valley’s Alicia Firelein decided she had seen enough.
The freshman delivered offensively with a two-run homer to center field in the top of the eighth that gave the Gators a 2-0 win over Silverado in the Sunrise Regional at Stephanie Lynn Craig Park.
The win lifted Green Valley (14-14) into a 3 p.m. game today against Coronado (23-6).
"I just felt really confident with my hitting," Firelein said. "I wanted it bad, and I got what I wanted."
Gators coach Lauren Taylor said she wasn’t surprised to see her rookie pitcher provide the winning hit.
"Alicia has been starting to come around over the past two or three games," Taylor said. "She was due for that one."
Firelein’s strong pitching performance kept the Gators in the game, as she struck out eight while pitching a three-hitter. Teammates Lindsey Headley and Alexandra Bodnar each went 2-for-4.
Katie Devlin took the loss for the Skyhawks despite pitching seven shutout innings. Teammate Shannon Goble had two of Silverado’s three hits.
• Valley 15, Rancho 5 — Britney Burnett went 5-for-5 to lead the Vikings past the Rams in six innings.
Patricia Zambrano went 4-for-4 to help Valley, which exploded for nine runs in the third inning after falling behind, 5-0.
Amerissa Villamar went 1-for-2 with two RBIs to lead Rancho.
The Vikings will play Eldorado today at 5 p.m.
• Las Vegas 4, Eldorado 2 — The Wildcats scored four runs in the first inning and held on to beat the Sundevils.
Tajia Law went the distance for Las Vegas, scattering five hits and striking out 12. Teammate Tiffini Lucero went 2-for-4 with a double.
Pitcher Jasmine Pickett led Eldorado, shutting down the Wildcats after getting roughed up in the first inning.
Las Vegas will face Foothill today at 7 p.m.
• Foothill 7, Coronado 1 — Brandy Yamka ignited a six-run second inning with a three-run homer to help the Falcons upset the Cougars.
Shantel Straily pitched a six-hitter to get the win.
Berlynn Bagley went 3-for-4 to lead Coronado.
• Durango 10, Palo Verde 4 — Danielle Richardson went 3-for-4 with a home run and a double to lead the Trailblazers past the Panthers.
Alejandra Voge went 3-for-4 with three RBIs for Durango, which never trailed after taking a 4-0 first-inning lead.
Cherish Allen-Jones went 3-for-4 to lead Palo Verde.
The Trailblazers will play Centennial today at 3 p.m.
• Bonanza 6, Spring Valley 0 — Samantha Snyder tossed a five-hitter, striking out 11, to help the Bengals shut out the Grizzlies.
Aimee Doyle’s two-run single in the first inning gave Bonanza the lead, and Reanna Huskie’s two-run single in the sixth sealed the victory.
Megan Otruba went 2-for-3 to lead Spring Valley.
• Sierra Vista 4, Cimarron-Memorial 2 — The Lions scored three runs in the first two innings and held off the Spartans.
Kristin Delahoussaye and Tayler Aleman each went 2-for-3 for Sierra Vista.
Evelyn Terrazas went 2-for-3 to lead Cimarron, which will play Bonanza today at 3 p.m.
• Shadow Ridge 11, Centennial 4 — Rayna Bradshaw went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer as the Mustangs beat the Bulldogs.
Vanessa Simmons went 3-for-5 with three RBIs to help Shadow Ridge, which scored six runs in the top of the seventh inning.
Teresa Healy went 2-for-4 to lead Centennial, which led 3-0 after the first inning.
The Mustangs will play Sierra Vista today at 7.Preps Central