Greenway defeats Cactus in Division II state softball

Greenway defeats Cactus in Division II state softball

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Greenway defeats Cactus in Division II state softball

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Beating a team over and over is not easy. Madison Creed knows that.

But the Phoenix Greenway pitcher showed no signs of struggle Monday as she helped the No. 7 seed defeat No. 11 Glendale Cactus for the fourth time this year in a 2-0 shutout victory in a Divison II double-elimination game at Rose Mofford Sports Complex.

Greenway faces top-seeded Peoria Sunrise Mountain on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. for a spot in the title game.

“There’s definitely a little bit of rivalry going on,” Creed said. “It’s great to get out here and beat them again.”

Creed allowed three hits, struck out five batters and walked two through seven innings.

“I’m so totally impressed with her,” Greenway coach Ed McQuade said.

Greenway’s Ashley Johnson hit a single in the bottom of the second that scored McKaila Mason and Kelsea Baker and put Greenway up 2-0.

The early cushion was key, McQuade said.

“We just knew that this wasn’t going to be easy,” he said.

“I saw them warming and I could just read the body language. But fortunately A.J. got that big hit for us and knocked in the two runs.”

Creed said Greenway is careful not to put too much pressure on itself, even as it gets deeper in the tournament.

“Nobody thought we’d be here so we’re just playing for us right now and doing the best we can,” she said.

Monday’s win marks Creed’s third straight shutout victory in the playoffs.

The junior said she’s pleased with how things are going but knows that there is still work to do.

“It’s great to be here this far with these girls,” she said. “And shutouts are even better, but that’s behind me too. The good and the bad are behind me.

“We’re moving forward.”

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