Sending three All-Star teams to their respective state tournaments, Flagstaff Softball Little League came away with three victories Monday night with more to come Tuesday.
The defending state champions, the junior division All-Stars opened with a 17-0 victory in five innings against Tucson Mountain in Queen Creek. Maggie Auza allowed only one hit in Monday’s win, with Tucson Mountain sending just two batters over the minimum to the plate.
Scoring with little resistance, Flagstaff had Kaela Henry, Morgan Derr, Payten Schmidt and Izabella Baca all collect two hits in the victory. Flagstaff kept its perfect run going, beating the District 10 champion Verde Valley on Tuesday 19-1.
Auza struck out six batters in five innings, walking one and allowing two hits with the lone run coming unearned. She came up with three hits at the plate, scoring two runs to help her cause. Natalie Hansen added two hits and Nicole Almaraz scored three runs. Derr notched five extra-base hits for Flagstaff, including an inside-the-park home run.
Flagstaff now plays Coolidge on Wednesday at 5:45 p.m. as it looks to continue on in the winner's bracket.
Beating District 5 champion Thornydale 24-4 Monday night in Tucson, the 10- and 11-year-old All-Stars followed up with an 8-2 victory against District 14 champion Gilbert on Tuesday.
Thanks to Hannah Thornsley’s no-hitter, Flagstaff cruised past Pinal Mountain Monday in Avondale.
Striking out 12 batters and walking just one to come up short of a perfect game, Thornsley added three hits on the offensive side to shine for Flagstaff. Alyssa Fockler and Kaitlyn Tso also finished with three hits each and Aubrie Winger hit a home run in the game on her birthday.
Tuesday brought another victory for Flagstaff, beating Arcadia 10-0 in six innings behind Tso's work in the circle. Striking out 12 batters, Tso and her defense kept Arcadia off the scoreboard. Catcher Alyssa Fockler threw out a pair of base runners while Abby Schmitz and Koda Lakin also made highlight plays on defense.
Tso added to her own cause with an inside-the-park home run in the first inning, with Fockler singling and moving around the bases with a pair of steals and a passed ball to score. After scoring three runs in the first, Flagstaff scattered three runs in the next four innings before adding four in the sixth.
Schmitz finished 3 for 4 at the plate, while Fockler and Lakin each went 2 for 3. Tso came up with four hits in four at-bats to fill out her stat line.
With the win, Flagstaff is one of four teams without a loss and will play again on Thursday at 5:30 p.m.