Flagstaff's bats weren't burning hot, but the offense put just enough pressure on Prescott to snap a six-game losing skid and support a solid effort from its starting pitcher.

Makenna Snodgrass threw a complete game and allowed just one earned run on four hits, and the Eagles scored the bulk of their runs on errors to top the Badgers at home Friday, 6-1.

The victory came just one day after the 4A Conference Eagles, ranked No. 19 entering the Friday ballgame, suffered a two-game series sweep to crosstown rival Coconino. Snodgrass recorded six strikeouts, issued no walks and gave up a solo two-out home run to a Badgers left-handed hitter in the top of the sixth.

"She's been on top of her game all season -- it's just the defense, but we are getting better," Eagles manager Ray Hernandez said of his ace, adding she's been strong in the circle all season long.

On Friday, Flagstaff was the team taking advantage of miscues.

Flagstaff's order struggled the first time around with Prescott's starting pitcher, who had her perfect game broken up in the bottom of the fourth inning on an Andi Elliott single that sparked a two-run inning. With two outs on the board, the Eagles started finding their way to the bags and home plate, scoring two runs on back-to-back errors.

Elliot went 1 for 2 and walked in a run in the bottom of the sixth to make it 5-1 after two runs scored on an error on Prescott's relief pitcher trying to make a short throw to home plate. Aryn Drye followed with an RBI single for the Eagles, who improved their record to 9-8 overall and 6-6 in the Grand Canyon Region standings.

Flagstaff totaled six hits and reached on three walks, and 34th-ranked Prescott committed four total errors.

Snodgrass and Co. stranded five Prescott baserunners, two in scoring position, while the Eagles defense played an error-free game. The righty workhorse sat down the side in order in the first, fourth and final innings, helping the Eagles hand the Badgers an 11th consecutive loss.

Monica Encinas, Lily Anderson, Snodgrass and Carmen Joe each notched hits in the victory that led to the series sweep of Prescott, which has won just three games this season so far. Flagstaff was playing its third game across a four-day stretch.

With two outs recorded in the bottom of the fourth, Elliot stole second base and reached the hot corner on a passed ball. Shea Wilson, who also drew a walk, reached on an error by the Prescott third baseman as Elliot came home to get the Eagles on the scoreboard. With Taylor Hernandez at the plate, more passed balls and an error led to a 2-0 score that Flagstaff never looked back from.

Renee Josytewa blasted her solo shot for Prescott on a 3-1 count, and her homer was followed up by a single. But Flagstaff's defense completed a pickoff play at first base as catcher Encinas thew to the second baseman Elliot for an out while the defense was moving in on a bunt threat.

"They are all playing very well. I am trying to let them learn the game more, because as a coach, personally, I think if I over-coach them it just throws them in a loop," Hernandez said, adding he was impressed with his defense's performance.

The Eagles take on another 4A bottom-feeder on Monday to close out the regular-season schedule at Flagstaff High School. Flagstaff hosts Tempe for Senior Day, with first pitch set for 3:45 p.m.

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