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A seven-run third inning led the No. 6 Panthers (10-3) to their third straight win, beating the No. 18 Hawks (8-6) 10-6 on the road Thursday afternoon.

Entering the inning trailing 4-2 after Buckeye Union scored two apiece in the first and second, Coconino sent 12 batters to the plate.

With Madelyn Clouse standing at third and one away, McKenna Gladden began a run of five straight hits for the Panthers. Gladden's single scored the first run of the inning before she came home on a double by Taylor Brown.

The run continued as Kaitlyn Snopek singled home Brown and moved to second on the throw. Ashlyn Hernandez singled courtesy runner Hallie Chiaverini to third and moved to second on the throw before Sam Seery brought both home on a single and an error by the Hawks.

After a walk by Makynzie Miller-Smith, a single by Lexi Bartell and a double from Clouse wrapped up the seven-run inning.

Clouse finished the game with three hits and two runs batted in while Gladden, Brown and Snopek all added two-hit games. Coconino finished with 14 hits as a team, with each starter recording at least one and six different players driving in runs.

On the mound, Snopek recovered after allowing six runs in the first three innings and shut down the Hawks for her final five outs. Brown came into the circle in the sixth, recording the final out before pitching the seventh. 

The Panthers took the lead in the first inning as an error with Hernandez batting allowed Gladden and Chiaverini to score the game's first runs. Coconino added its final run of the game in the fifth inning as Brooklynn Wong drove in Miller-Smith with an RBI single.

Just five games remain in the regular season for the Panthers, beginning with a Saturday doubleheader against No. 9 Mohave set for 1 p.m. The two teams rank No. 1 and No. 2 in the Grand Canyon Region, with both holding just two region losses.


SOFTBALL

FLAGSTAFF 7, MINGUS UNION 4

Bouncing back from a 10-run loss in Cottonwood on Tuesday, the No. 16 Eagles (7-6) knocked off the No. 5 Marauders (11-4) at home Thursday.

With five games remaining in the regular season, Flagstaff remains on the bubble to potentially host a 4A Conference play-in game on April 25. The Eagles will host the No. 8 Casa Grande Cougars Saturday at 2:15 p.m.

PARADISE HONORS 10, NORTHLAND PREP 8

Entering the day at No. 20 in the 2A Conference, the Spartans (7-7) nearly pulled off the upset of the No. 6 Panthers (11-2) at home Thursday afternoon.

Northland Prep will travel to winless Mingus Mountain on Monday for a 3:45 p.m. game.

BASEBALL

MINGUS UNION 8, FLAGSTAFF 4

The No. 10 Marauders (11-3) clinched a season sweep of the No. 9 Eagles (8-3) Thursday afternoon at Flagstaff High School.

Continuing their run of four games in five days, the Eagles will host No. 24 Washington Friday at 3:45 p.m. as they hope to bounce back from the two losses to the Marauders to start the week.

NORTHLAND PREP 5, PARADISE HONORS 2

The No. 21 Spartans pushed their regular season record back above .500 with a victory against the No. 14 Panthers Thursday afternoon.

Northland Prep hosts 3A Page on Saturday at 10 a.m.

GIRLS TENNIS

COCONINO 9, MINGUS UNION 0

Improving to 9-4 overall, the No. 15 Panthers swept the No. 38 Marauders (4-9) at home Thursday afternoon.

With two games remaining Monday and Tuesday against Bradshaw Mountain and Flagstaff, Coconino will look to remain inside the top 16 of Division II in order to reach the state tournament.

NORTHLAND PREP 8, SEDONA 1

Extending their win streak to four matches, the No. 10 Spartans improved to 10-1 overall with a home victory against the No. 21 Scorpions (6-5).

Northland Prep will host the No. 19 Page Sand Devils Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. to wrap up the regular season.

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