Basha High School pitcher Allie Hancock’s two three-run home runs propelled her team to a 9-6 road win over Desert Ridge High School.
“She’s just in a zone, she’s kind of taken over our team,” Basha head coach Scott Hoffmeyer said. “As a senior, she said she wanted to turn things around and get us going in the right direction, and she has. She’s our leader for sure right now.”
Desert Ridge (12-8, 3-4) took a 3-2 lead over Basha (13-3, 2-5) after four innings.
In the top of the fifth, Basha’s Alyssa Wright was able to score from third after a wild pitch to tie the game up. Two batters later, Hancock hit three-run homer to center to make it a 6-3 game.
However, Desert Ridge responded with three runs of its own in the bottom of the fifth to tie the game up at 6.
The seventh inning was where Hancock really shined. With runners on first and third, she smacked another three-run homerun to center, to give Basha a 9-6 lead. In the bottom of the seventh she struck out two Desert Ridge batters, and threw the last one out at first.
“We had runners on base and I knew I just had to hit a line drive and move the runners, but it ended up going over the fence,” Hancock said. “Everything was working pretty well for me while pitching, and I had a really good defense behind me, and the whole team backed me up. I feel a responsibility to help this team.”
Desert Ridge pitcher Bailey Klitzke also had an impressive performance, as she finished the night with 11 strikeouts. However, the team was unable to overcome Hancock’s two homeruns.
“It’s the little things that we need to work on. If we tighten that up it’s a different ball game,” Desert Ridge head coach Jennifer Broderick said. “(Hancock) did very well. She had composure on the mound…she did very well both hitting and pitching. She’s a very tough out.”
Next up, Desert Ridge will travel to Mesquite High School on Thursday, while Basha heads to Centennial High School on Monday.