For the first time in Arizona prep softball history, a team in the sport’s highest division has won four state championships in a row.
Mesa Red Mountain earned that distinction with a 9-5 win over Scottsdale Chaparral in the Division I tournament championship game Monday night at Arizona State’s Farrington Stadium. The last Big Schools program team to win four consecutive titles was Chaparral (1995-1998 in the then-Class 4A).
“It’s a testament to their hard work,” Red Mountain coach Rich Hamilton said. “They came out every year and do a great job. They bought into each other and became a great team.”
Sixth-seeded Red Mountain, playing in its fifth straight title game, beat 14th-seeded Chaparral with power and pressure. Red Mountain (33-5) hit two home runs and scored six unanswered runs through the first three innings to hold on to beat 14th-seeded Chaparral.
Red Mountain opened its scoring barrage in the first inning. With two outs, Breana Macha hit a single to right field then Jordan Beck hit her 10th home run of the season.
Red Mountain then scored four runs on four hits in the third. Ashley Hill and Kenzy Gutierrez had RBI singles and Marian Ruf hit a hard chopper that was hard to field that scored two more runs.
Red Mountain scored three more runs in the next two innings, the last coming on Savannah Kirkpatrick’s no-doubt solo home run in the fifth.
Chaparral (28-12) made a comeback attempt in the sixth, scoring four runs on four hits.
But for much of the game, it just didn’t have an answer for Red Mountain.
“It took us a little bit to get to Bre (Macha),” Chaparral coach Stefanie Ewing said.