Salpointe Catholic softball beats Paradise Valley to advance in D-II

Knowing a loss ends your season, there’s no time to over think. No time to second guess.

Tucson Salpointe Catholic just went with what was given to them and won, beating host Phoenix Paradise Valley, 6-1, in a Division II softball tournament second-round game Tuesday.

Salpointe Catholic was able to get 10 hits, four with runners in scoring position, off Paradise Valley’s talented junior pitcher Mariah Valencia.

“We just played our game,” Salpointe Catholic coach Stacy Schulte said. “We didn’t care what she threw. We just thought if it’s down in our zone, we’re going to jump, we’re going to be aggressive on strikes and just put the ball in play and make things happen.”

Salpointe Catholic (19-8 overall), the 12th seed, won its second game of the tournament and advances to the double-elimination portion of the postseason to face No. 4 Tucson Ironwood Ridge on Wednesday. No. 5 Paradise Valley ends its season at 19-7 overall.

Both Valencia and Salpointe Catholic pitcher Emily Griffin breezed through the first two innings. But in the top of the third, Brianna Aguilar-Beaucage hit a solo home run to deep left centerfield. Denae Fisher and Hannah De Luna batted in a run each in the fourth and did so again in the sixth.

Anne Scarangella would round out the scoring with a RBI single in the seventh.

Paradise Valley had made it 3-1 in the fifth when Denali Johnson singled in Sidney Coy but couldn’t generate enough offense from there, stranding nine runners on base in the game.

“We just didn’t see the ball,” Paradise Valley coach David Moore said. “We didn’t hit. It’s that simple.

Griffin worked the corners well and finished with 13 strikeouts.

“She’s been amazing in the postseason,” Schulte said. “She’s a senior. She knows this is her last hurrah so she has that mental edge right now. She’s locked in right now. She’s moving it around. She’s a hot arm. We’re going to keep working her.”

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