After Phoenix Greenway’s second-round win against Tucson Sahuaro, coach Ed McQuade told his players it was time to loosen up and have some fun.
“Once we won that game, it justified our whole season, all the work we did,” he said. “And now it’s all icing on the cake.”
A relaxed and defensively sound Greenway built a small lead and never looked back as the No. 7 seed upset No. 2 Oro Valley Canyon del Oro in a 4-0 victory at Rose Mofford Softball Complex Wednesday in the first double-elimination round of the Division II softball tournament.
“I told them, “There’s no pressure on you guys. Just go out and play the game and see if we can compete.’ And we did,” McQuade said.
Greenway faces No. 11 Glendale Cactus at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Rose Mofford.
After three scoreless innings, Greenway’s Taylor Pennington scored off an RBI single by Kelsea Baker in the fourth. Ashley Johnson scored on an error in the next inning to push the lead to 2-0.
Greenway pitcher Madison Creed didn’t allow a hit in the first three innings. She said the strong start helped her find her groove on the mound.
“It’s good to always settle in and get the nerves out of the way and then when the team backs you up and hits like they did, you go from there,” she said.
Creed struck out seven batters in seven innings Wednesday.
“She’s incredible,” McQuade said. “She was on her game.”
With runners on first and second in the seventh inning, Canyon del Oro had a would-be double play but an error on an overthrown ball to third base scored Johnson. One batter later, Cheyann Michael scored on an RBI single from Robyn Rall to put Greenway up 4-0.
“Our kids made most of our plays, and I think our team speed kind of got to them,” McQuade said. “Then a key hit at the end of the game took care of business.”