Taylor Brown, Sam Seery and Kaitlyn Snopek all hit home runs, and the Coconino Panthers took an early lead against crosstown rival Flagstaff on Tuesday and never looked back en route to an 8-4 softball win at Flagstaff High School.
Snopek went 2 for 4 with two RBIs, a double and a run scored for the Panthers, who took a 3-0 lead in the opening inning. The senior hit her shot in the first frame, adding to her cause in the circle as she allowed four earned runs on seven hits while recording 11 strikeouts.
Flagstaff went yard on Snopek twice and threatened in the bottom of the seventh only to be limited to producing three runs in the final frame.
Brown was 2 for 4 as well, ending with two RBIs and as many runs scored for Coconino, winner of three of its last five games. Ranked seventh in the 4A Conference entering the day, the Panthers improved to 12-4 overall while bumping their Grand Canyon Region mark up to 8-3.
Seery's blast past the center-field fence came in the third inning, lifting the Panthers to a 5-1 advantage. Cayelyn Gonzales went 3 for 4 with two runs scored in the win that pushed 20th-ranked Flagstaff's losing streak to five straight ballgames.
Flagstaff, now 8-7 overall and 5-5 in the region standings, will look to avoid the series sweep when it takes on a hosting Coconino on Thursday at 4 p.m. The game will take place after the beach volleyball match between Flagstaff and Coconino, which was set to host the meeting Tuesday that was rescheduled due to poor weather conditions.
The beach volleyball match is at 1 p.m.
COWBOYS 6, SPARTANS 0
Camp Verde continued to be a thorn in the Spartans' side on Tuesday, completing the Central Region series sweep of Northland Prep.
Northland Prep, playing on the road for this meeting, suffered its first shutout loss of the season, falling to 10-3 overall and 5-2 in the region standings. The Spartans, ranked fifth in the 2A Conference entering the day, managed just four hits against the No. 3 Cowboys.
Casey Auza, Sophie Linskey and Payten Schmidt each had doubles for the Spartans. Northland Prep starting pitcher Megan Swinney gave up two homers.
Northland Prep is away for its next outing when it takes on Glendale Prep for a 3:30 p.m. region game.
COWBOYS 2, SPARTANS 1
Northland Prep couldn't dig out of an early two-run deficit in Tuesday's loss against rival Camp Verde, with the host avoiding the series sweep as both ballclubs ended up with four hits.
Zach Tweed threw six innings for a solid complete-game effort, allowing two earned runs while recording four strikouts and issuing one walk. The Cowboys scored in the second and third innings, and held on to snap the Spartans' two-game win streak.
Silas Marquez drew two walks and was a defensive wall at shortstop for Northland Prep, which entered the game as the No. 9-ranked team in the 2A. The loss dropped the Spartans to 10-4 overall and 8-2 in the Central Region. Dawson Messick scored Northland Prep's lone run against the No. 7 Cowboys.
The visitors had their chances but left the bases loaded in the fifth. Caden Cribbs went 2 for 3 and Connor Barta added a hit in the loss.
Northland Prep closes out the regular season at home against region opponents, beginning with Scottsdale Prep on Thursday at 3:45 p.m. The Spartans wrap up the slate with Glendale Prep on Monday.
EAGLES 9, BULLDOGS 0
The No. 14 Division II Flagstaff Eagles got a clean sweep over winless D-II Barry Goldwater Tuesday afternoon in the Valley to end the regular season.
Flagstaff finishes the spring, 11-4 overall and 4-3 in Section Two play. The Eagles are right on the bubble of qualifying for the state championships, as brackets are expected to be finalized as early as today by the AIA.
SPARTANS 8, BULLDOGS 1
The No. 9 D-III Spartans capped off the regular season with an 8-1 win over struggling Kingman Tuesday at Continental Country Club.
Northland Prep ends the regular season at 11-1 overall and a perfect 10-0 against Section Six squads. Northland Prep is likely a lock for the state tournament, but it is unclear whether the Spartans will be able to host a match or not.