Cimarron-Memorial’s softball team has played well most of the season but hadn’t been able to get over the hump against some of the area’s top teams.
Spartans coach Steve Gorden hopes Tuesday’s 7-1 road win over top-ranked Centennial can serve as a catalyst for the rest of the season.
“We were trying to find something to bring us together, cohesiveness, and I think this did it,” Gordon said. “They were so excited and so focused when the game started. And beating the No. 1 team in Southern Nevada is going to really help their confidence.”
The Spartans (15-6) took advantage of seven errors to score seven unearned runs. Cimarron got on the board with two runs in the top of the first inning thanks largely to three Centennial miscues.
“We put the ball in play, and they had a few bobbles,” Gorden said. “We put pressure on their defense.”
The Spartans added four runs in the fourth to pull away, again keyed by a two-out error. Evelyn Terrazas hit a three-run homer to highlight the inning.
Chelsea Williams and Jennifer Liddell each had two hits for Cimarron. Liddell also got the pitching victory, allowing no earned runs on seven hits.
Katie Lee was 2-for-3 with an RBI for Centennial, and Jenna Vaneykeren and Paige Reese each added two hits for the Bulldogs (18-4).
• Lake Mead 14, Warren-Walker 0 — At Warren-Walker, Helen Borger struck out 11 of the 15 batters she faced in pitching the first perfect game in Lake Mead history.
The shutout was Borger’s third straight. Rachel Henson went 5-for-5 with four runs and three RBIs for the Eagles, and teammate Jenna Willis was 3-for-3 with four runs.
• Silverado 7, Foothill 3 — At Foothill, Shannon Goble had two hits and two runs to help lift the Skyhawks to victory.
Mikayla Thielges added two hits, a run and an RBI for Silverado.
Foothill’s Amber Stater went 3-for-4 with two doubles and a run.
• Palo Verde 23, Mojave 5 — At Mojave, Brittany Martin was 4-for-5 with a home run to lead the Panthers to a five-inning win.
Amanda Montalto went 4-for-5 with a triple for the Panthers, who scored 12 runs in the fourth inning.
• Basic 15, Vo-Tech 2 — At Vo-Tech, Stephanie Cinkovich went 2-for-4 with four RBIs and two runs to help the Wolves to the victory over the Roadrunners.
• Shadow Ridge 10, Cheyenne 3 — At Shadow Ridge, Olive Naotala pitched a complete game with 11 strikeouts and Vanessa Simmons went 3-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs to lead the Mustangs over the Desert Shields.
Rayna Bradshaw went 2-for-2 with four RBIs and two runs for Shadow Ridge.
• Green Valley 15, Liberty 5 — At Green Valley, Alicia Firelein pitched a one-hitter with nine strikeouts as the Gators racked up 21 hits and downed the Patriots in six innings.
Green Valley’s Katharine Conti went 3-for-5 with two RBIs and Breanna Yard was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs for the Gators.
• Coronado 15, Del Sol 3 — At Del Sol, Berlynn Bagley went 3-for-4 with a triple, an RBI and a run to pace the Cougars’ win over the Dragons in five innings.
Sarah Detwiler was 3-for-3 and Kelsey Wolfe went 2-for-3 with a triple for Coronado.
• Arbor View 11, Legacy 9 — At Legacy, Tiffanee Anderson went 4-for-5 with a double and four runs as the Aggies edged the Longhorns.
Legacy’s Brianna Zamorano was 4-for-5 with three doubles and four RBIs.
• Boulder City 11-4, Moapa Valley 3-1 — At Boulder City, the Eagles swept a doubleheader from the Pirates.
Caiti Forrester had a three-run homer to lead Boulder City in the first game.
In the second game, Melissa Montana pitched a two-hitter with four strikeouts to get the win.
• Faith Lutheran 9-12, Pahrump Valley 2-6 — At Faith Lutheran, Angie Miller was 7-for-8 with a home run, three RBIs and three runs as the Crusaders swept a doubleheader.
Jessie Tracy pitched a two-hitter and struck out 11 in the first game. She also had three doubles and five RBIs on the day.Preps Central