A 17-run first inning was all the Flagstaff Softball 8-10s All Stars needed Wednesday against Turquoise Nation in the opening round of the District 1 tournament at Continental Little League Fields.
Flagstaff took advantage of drops by Turquoise Nation’s catcher and wild pitches by their starting pitcher to take a 25-0 mercy-rule win in three innings.
Even though the game was rescheduled after Turquoise Nation didn’t come to the originally scheduled time on Tuesday, Flagstaff was able to make quick work of its opponent in the opening round.
Starting off in the top of the first, Flagstaff got the afternoon started off with a pair of inside-the-park home runs by Elise Welker to left field and Olyvia Zamora to right field. The fast hitting start turned into savvy baserunning by Flagstaff in the dominant first inning.
Jimena Avitia hit a single after the back-to-back homers and then made it to third during the following at-bat. During Naomi Baca’s at-bat after Baylee Barton was walked, Avitia came in from third off a dropped ball and a pitch later Barton made her way home off a dropped ball.
The rest of the inning saw much of the same as the start as Flagstaff dominated the game.
In the top of the first inning alone Flagstaff had seven hits, drew 10 walks and saw 15 runs come in on dropped balls or wild pitches as the squad had 20 plate appearances.
Barton started in the circle for Flagstaff and struck out nine of the 10 batters she faced in her no-hitter. The only other batter she faced that wasn’t a strikeout was a walk in the bottom of the third.
Zamora added her second inside-the-park home run in the top of the second during another high-scoring inning for Flagstaff that netted eight more runs.
As a team Flagstaff registered 13 hits, drew 15 walks and had three home runs.
Flagstaff advances to take on Round Valley Friday at 6 p.m., a team that Flagstaff’s manager said the team is ready for.
‘We are going to go and get ready for Round Valley tomorrow,” Flagstaff skipper Justin Talley said. “Last year I helped coach the 10s and Round Valley was a pretty tough team. I just didn’t want to let them get into bad stuff this game ahead of a tough game tomorrow. We had great hits and I think everybody did great overall.
"… Just got to hit the ball and have our pitchers come and pitch the games they can pitch. We have two very strong 10-year-old pitchers and a few younger pitchers, so we will see how it goes.”
The Flagstaff Juniors Softball All-Stars played their semifinal game against Page Thursday night at Winslow in a battle of the two undefeated teams.
Flagstaff came away with a mercy-rule win in the sixth inning, 16-1.
Gianna Baca started in the circle and threw a four-hit complete game with five strike outs and only one walk.
At the plate multiple players had strong games led by five that had two RBIs each as Baca, Danica Wilson, Kody Watson, Lauren West and Maddie McDermed each attributed RBIs. Every Flagstaff player had a hit for the team.
Defensively, Wilson led the team with six putouts at second base.
Flagstaff will await the winner of Winslow and Page for the District championship game 6 p.m. on Friday in Winslow.