Megan Swinney didn't need a lot of run assistance on Thursday, but she wasn't going to complain about getting it.
Swinney pitched a mercy-rule no-hitter and the Northland Prep Spartans routed the Phoenix Christian Cougars, 25-0, for a road victory.
The Spartans recorded five doubles as a team, four coming off the fence. In the circle, Swinney faced 19 batters and struck out 10 of them.
Sophomore Grace Vonesh and junior Casey Auza each went 4 for 5 at the plate for the Spartans, who improved to 1-1. Ellie Webb had a 3-for-5 day, Vonesh tallied four RBIs and Sofie Linskey batted in three runs during her 2-for-3 performance.
COCONINO 13, ESTRELLA FOOTHILLS 3
Playing their second game in as many days, the Panthers recorded four doubles as a team on the way to beating the Wolves in a 4A Conference ballgame in Goodyear Friday.
Ashlyn Hernandez recorded two doubles, two RBIs and two runs scored to help the Panthers improve to 2-0. Taylor Brown and Lexi Bartell each had a double and a run scored for Coconino, which led the entire game and used a five-run seventh inning to seal it.
Kaitlyn Snopek was back in the circle for the Panthers and pitched the entire game, striking out 10 and walking three. She opened the scoring with an RBI single in the first inning that scored Brooklyn Wong, who was 2 for 3, walked twice and scored three runs. McKenna Gladden also scored in the first inning and had three runs scored total to go with three RBIs and a triple.
Hernandez started the seventh-inning damage at the plate with a double and scored on a Bartell line-drive single, and Gladden had her RBI triple in the top of the final inning.
Sam Seery and Madelyn Clouse each had a RBI for the Panthers, who scored 12 runs on Thursday to edge Bradshaw Mountain's 10. Coconino, which committed just one error, scored three in the fourth inning to match the opening frame and tacked on two in the third. Estrella got to Snopek early, but not often, scoring in the first and fourth, with all three runs earned.
NORTHLAND PREP 20, GLENDALE PREP 3
The Spartans had their bats going on Friday against the Griffins, scoring nine runs in the opening inning and five in each the fourth and fifth frames to enact the mercy rule in five innings and win their second ballgame in as many days.
Improving to 2-0, 2A Northland Prep opened the Central Region schedule in dominating fashion, especially thanks to the performance from Jack Berger. The junior recorded seven RBIs during his 4-for-5 night.
Bennett Wojcik added four RBIs to go with a double and a triple on a 3-for-3 performance. Silas Marquez and Chase Hamilton contributed two RBIs apiece, and Zack Hansen added one for the Spartans, who had 19 hits as a team.
Berger doubled up three times and pitched 4 2/3 innings, walking five, striking out four and giving up two earned runs while on the mound.