Green Valley slips by Rancho on error, walks

Green Valley’s softball team didn’t have a hit after the fourth inning Tuesday.

It didn’t stop the Gators from scoring the tying and winning runs, though.

Green Valley put six runners on base in the final three innings, and scored on a throwing error in the sixth inning and a dropped sinking liner in the eighth, to nip visiting Rancho 2-1 in a Sunrise Region winners’ bracket semifinal.

The Gators (21-9) will meet Silverado (11-6) in the winners’ final at 5 p.m. today at Foothill. Rancho (21-12) will face Coronado (23-12) in an elimination game at 3 p.m. today at Foothill.

“Man, that felt good,” said Green Valley coach Lauren Taylor, whose team lost twice to Rancho during the regular season. “We put the ball in play, and if you put the ball in play, that’s when errors are going to happen.”

The Gators’ winning rally started with a delay-of-game-aided walk to No. 9 hitter Anysa Calderon. Calderon checked her swing on a 1-and-2 pitch, and as the call was being appealed, Rancho catcher McKinzi Vega fired the ball to first. The pitch was ruled a ball, and another ball was assessed for the throw to first.

The next pitch was low. Calderon moved to second on Maggie Manwarren’s sacrifice and to third on Chelsea Perez’s bouncer to the circle.

After Cori Sutton was grazed by a pitch, Fenixx Henderson hit a sinking liner to left field. Rancho’s Tori Hafen appeared to get a late jump on the ball and tried to backhand it at about thigh-level. The ball hit her glove and rolled away.

Rancho grabbed a 1-0 lead in the fifth when Kayla Coles scored from first on a throwing error with two outs.

The Gators got the run back on an identical play in the sixth. With two outs, Manwarren scored from first on a throwing error.

■ Silverado 7, Las Vegas 4 — At Silverado, Brandi Splinter tripled and drove in three runs as the Skyhawks scored six runs in the first inning and went on to beat the Wildcats (17-11).

Las Vegas will face Foothill (23-14) in an elimination game at 1 p.m. today at Foothill.

■ Foothill 3, Liberty 0 — At Foothill, Aricia Dami tossed a three-hitter and struck out six as the Falcons eliminated the Patriots (10-10).

Dami also hit a two-run double in a three-run second inning for Foothill.

■ Coronado 11, Basic 1 — At Coronado, Basia Query went 3-for-4 with a double, three runs and three RBIs as the Cougars eliminated the Wolves (7-9) in a five-inning game.

SUNSET REGION

Patience paid off again for Arbor View. A day after turning four walks into runs to beat Bishop Gorman, the Aggies used three walks and two hits to key a six-run second-inning burst en route to a 6-5 win at Palo Verde in a winners’ bracket semifinal.

Arbor View (20-13) will meet Centennial (31-6) in the winners’ final at 5 p.m. today at Gorman. Palo Verde (23-6) will face Cimarron-Memorial (18-13) in an elimination game at 3 p.m. at Gorman.

“Again, it’s being selective at the plate. We carried it into today, to be selective at the plate,” said Arbor View coach Maria Yoder. “We had a couple of full-count, extra-pitch walks which were helpful.”

Letty Valenzuela started the rally when she was hit by a pitch.

The next three batters — Kellie Anderson, Marissa Bachman, and Ke’Anna Kamaka — all walked, with Kamaka’s walking forcing in Valenzuela.

Nekea Easterling then provided a two-out, two-run single, followed by an RBI single from Ashlyn Ames.

Karli Lehr’s grounder to shortstop was thrown away, giving Arbor View a 6-0 lead on two hits.

The Panthers responded with three runs in the bottom of the second on Kali Tomlinson’s two-run single between first and second, and Williams’ RBI single up the middle.

Palo Verde put together a late threat as Brooke Stover provided a two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the seventh to cut the lead to one run. But a groundout ended the game.

■ Centennial 12, Shadow Ridge 2 — At Centennial, Taylor Huntly went 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs and tossed a six-inning seven-hitter to lead the Bulldogs by the Mustangs.

Alyssa Finger was 3-for-4 with a two-run homer, and Savannah Horvath went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI for Centennial.

Marisa Miano went 3-for-3 for Shadow Ridge (13-6), which will meet Bishop Gorman (20-12) in an elimination game at 1 p.m. at Gorman.

■ Cimarron-Memorial 5, Spring Valley 3 — At Cimarron, Karli Stafford’s three-run home run with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning lifted the Spartans by the Grizzlies (14-10).

Georgi DeLio went 2-for-3 with two doubles for Spring Valley.

■ Bishop Gorman 13, Legacy 0 — At Gorman, Machenzie Tucky went 3-for-3 with a double and three RBIs, and Jasmine Gibson homered as the Gaels blanked the Longhorns (14-14) in five innings.

Dayton Yingling added a home run and pitched four innings with seven strikeouts for Gorman.

DIVISION I-A SOUTHERN REGION

Tichina Savoy and Lauren Lesniak each hit a home run to help Chaparral to a 3-0 win at Faith Lutheran in winners’ bracket semifinal.

Lesniak was 2-for-3 with a double and scored twice for the Cowboys (20-12-1), who will face Boulder City (27-7) in the winners’ final at 7 p.m. today.

Nicole Lesniak spun a six-hitter andstruck out 11 for Chaparral.

Faith Lutheran will face Tech (16-16) in an elimination game at 3 p.m. at Faith Lutheran.

■ Boulder City 11, Cheyenne 1— At Boulder City, Jessica Holling went 3-for-4 with a home run and a double, and Charlene Masterson was 3-for-4 with a homer and three RBIs as the Eagles routed the Desert Shields (19-13-1) in six innings.

■ Tech 16, Mojave 2— At Tech, Kimmie Rodriguez went 2-for-3 with a three-run homer and a double, and Ashley Ramsey had four RBIs as the Roadrunners eliminated the Rattlers (8-13) in five innings.

■ Pahrump Valley 14, Moapa Valley 2 — At Pahrump, Whitney Roderick and Lauren Koenig combined on a two-hitter as the Trojans (15-16) blitzed the Pirates (12-14-1) in five innings.

Mallory Cole went 3-for-3, and Madisson Hurley had two singles for Pahrump, which will face Cheyenne in an elimination game at 5 p.m. at Faith Lutheran

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