The high school softball season is winding down toward the state playoffs, but it’s going out with a flourish… lots of history being made.
The Chandler Wolves set the new school mark for runs scored in a single inning when they piled up 16 against Marcos de Niza HS. And the amazing part of that story is that the runs were all scored in the third inning – and that was the only inning that had a score!
The pandemonium in the bottom of the third included three singles, a double, a triple, and 10 walks. Kelsey Haeuser, the No. 9 hitter in the Wolves’ order, got to the plate three times, collecting hits in two of those attempts.
Chandler, which plays in 5A-I, was not the team one would expect to set a school record. They play six freshmen in the regular line-up and got off to an anemic start this year, losing seven of their first eight power-point games.
Meanwhile, little ol’ 1A Seligman HS, up in the high country by Flagstaff, played a part in another record-setting softball performance.
In their 11-9 loss to Laughlin HS, Brittany Chase broke the Nevada IAA career home run record when she hit three home runs in that game. Only two were scored due to an interference call, but it still gave the senior 41 total since she became a starter for Laughlin in her freshman year.
It was her 15th round-trip of the season, which puts her close enough to grab the single-season home run record of 20. The Lady Cougars are up against Baghdad HS in an afternoon game today, and will play Seligman one more time as well.
And, finally, we should acknowledge the proverbial fleeting 15 minutes of fame enjoyed by Mohave HS softball in the 4A-II Grand Canyon Region.
The Lady T-birds climbed into first place in the AIA power point rankings last Wednesday, marking the first time in school history that a softball team made it to No. 1. The margin between them and Greenway HS was razor-thin… 96.7778 to 96.69.44 power points. But that was enough!
Mohave has struggled at times this year, making their way up the charts without the senior leadership that’s usually an integral part of success. There are no seniors on this year’s squad and they have a new coach to boot, as Colleen Snow took over the program this year. Nonetheless, they were on a 10-game win streak.
Their time to bask in the glory was short-lived, however. They came down to earth the next day.
On Thursday they lost a pair of games to Sinagua HS and found themselves back down the rankings, looking up at No. 1 Greenway. Actually, they fell back to third, where they had been perched for the previous three weeks, as both Greenway and Seton Catholic slipped past them.
But, hey, they can say they made it. Even if it was for just 24 hours.