Kaitlyn Snopek pitched a solid complete game, and the eighth-ranked Coconino Panthers took an early lead and never let go on the way to defeating the No. 15 Sabercats 7-2 at home Tuesday, putting an end to Saguaro's three-game win streak.
The right-hander recorded seven strikeouts and allowed as many hits, with her defense helping make sure 11 total Wildcats got left on base. Snopek walked just two batters and didn't surrender an earned run, and she added to her cause with a 2-for-4 day at the plate and one run scored.
McKenna Gladden started the scoring for the Panthers in bottom half of the opening frame with an RBI triple that drove in Brooklynn Wong. Taylor Brown knocked a medium line drive to score Gladden, and Coconino never looked back on the way to improving to 9-3 overall with the win over the 4A Conference opponent.
Brown was 3 for 4 with the RBI, a run scored and three singles, and Ashlyn Hernandez and Lexi Bartell also connected for triples for the Panthers, who totaled 13 hits in the victory. Hernandez and Makynzie Miller-Smith each tallied two RBIs.
Miller-Smith hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the fifth, which ended with the Panthers ahead 7-0 thanks to scoring five runs in the inning. Hernandez had her RBI triple in the same inning, scoring Snopek and Brown.
The Wildcats scored two runs in the sixth, but Snopek kept them at bay from there, notching two of her strikeouts in the final frame.
Coconino goes on the road to take on the No. 19 Buckeye Union Hawks for a Thursday game at 4 p.m.
MINGUS UNION 15, FLAGSTAFF 5
The No. 16 Eagles had their three-game win streak come to an end on Tuesday in Cottonwood, home of the No. 5 Marauders.
With the win, the Marauders moved into the Grand Canyon Region's top spot with a 6-5 record. Meanwhile, the Eagles went to 4-5 in the region and back to .500 overall at 6-6.
Flagstaff hosts Mingus on Thursday looking to avoid the two-game series sweep, with first pitch set to go at 3:45 p.m.
MINGUS UNION 14, FLAGSTAFF 4
The Eagles, entering the day at No. 4 in the 4A Conference, allowed a team to score in double digits for the first time in the regular season, falling to the Marauders in Cottonwood on Tuesday.
It was just the second loss so far this season for 8-2 Flagstaff, which has had both its losses come against region opponents. Meanwhile, 14th-ranked Mingus moved into the region's top spot with a 6-1 record, 10-3 overall.
On Thursday, Flagstaff can avenge the loss and keep its hopes to win the region alive. First pitch against the Marauders is set for 3:45 p.m.
GLENDALE PREP 6, NORTHLAND PREP 5
Ranked No. 18 in the 2A Conference, the Spartans (5-5) slipped to .500 with a loss to the No. 35 Griffins (4-9) at home on Tuesday.
The Spartans will host No. 11 Paradise Honors and 3A No. 31 Page on Thursday and Saturday at Sinagua Middle School. Thursday's game is set for 3:45 p.m. while Saturday's first pitch is scheduled for 11 a.m.
NORTHLAND PREP 7, SEDONA 2
Improving to 9-1 overall, the No. 7 Spartans continued their push for a home playoff game with victory against the No. 15 Scorpions (6-3) Monday afternoon.
Northland Prep took the top two doubles pairs as well as the No. 2 to 6 singles matches to earn the win.
Reilley Luedde and Joey Haertzen earned an 8-4 victory at the No. 1 doubles spot, with Adam Nicol and Markus Moezzi winning 8-0 at No. 2.
Nicol, Luedde, Haertzen and Moezzi earned their second victories of the day in singles. Nicol won 6-2, 6-1 at No. 1, Luedde took the No. 4 match 6-1. 6-1, Haertzen earned a 6-0, 6-2 victory at No. 5 and Moezzi swept the No. 6 match 6-1, 6-0.
Drew Parker finished with the best win of the day 6-0, 6-0 at No. 3.
The Spartans face No. 28 Bourgade Catholic (4-6) on the road Thursday at 3:30 p.m.
COCONINO 9, BARRY GOLDWATER 0
Ranked just inside the playoff cutoff, the No. 14 Panthers (8-3) swept the No. 60 Bulldogs (1-10) for their third straight win.
After playing the first home match of three this week, Coconino will face a stiffer challenge Wednesday as No. 1 Notre Dame Prep brings a perfect 14-0 record to town for a 3 p.m. start. No. 35 Mingus Union will wrap up the week for Coconino Thursday at 3:30 p.m.