Champs flex their muscle against former top-ranked Panthers

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather

Miners’ Mireya Tamayo (#2) at bat. Kelli Luberda | Miner

San Manuel Miner

The State Champion San Manuel softball team entered its first of two games last week behind, then top-ranked, Superior in the state rankings. The Miners defeated the Panthers in both games to regain the top spot.

In addition to reclaiming their spot at the top of the rankings, the Miners extended their winning streak to 16 games, remained undefeated in sectional play, and moved closer to a sectional championship.

After a 7 – 5 win at Superior last Wednesday, the Miners beat the Panthers at home last

Friday, 5 – 3.

The Miners scored three runs after trailing 3 – 2 to earn the comeback victory on Friday. After a number of lopsided wins, it was good for the Miners to play some competitive games as the playoffs approach.

“We want to see better pitching and tougher teams,” Miners head coach Deanne Brewer said after Friday’s 5 – 3 win. “Superior is definitely a hitting team. It’s good for us because we haven’t seen a lot of that (in recent games).”

Starting pitcher Nicole Encinas pitched well during the first three innings, allowing three runs. She turned it over to Miners’ ace Lyana Waddell, who held the Panthers scoreless over the final four innings to earn the win.

Trailing 3 – 2 in the third inning, the Miners scored a run in each of the next three innings on their way to the victory.

Angelica Zuniga hit an RBI single in the third and added an RBI double in the fifth. Mariah McBride hit an RBI single in the fourth.

“I thought we did really well today considering we knew it was going to be a tough game,” Lyana Waddell answered when asked about her team’s performance. “We kept our heads up throughout the game and helped each other.”

Miners’ co-captain Felicia Medina was asked what she thinks the team can improve on as they prepare to defend their title.

“Keeping our bond strong and improving our intensity on the field,” she answered.

Medina, who is recovering from an arm injury, hopes to return to the regular lineup full-time before the week of state. “But we’ll see,” she said.

Upcoming schedule: Apr. 23 vs. Miami, Apr. 24 @ Desert Christian, Apr. 29 vs. Ray. All games are scheduled for 4:00 p.m.

Andy Luberda (975 Posts)

Andrew Luberda began writing for Copper Area News Publishers (CANP) in February 2013 after working 15 years in Healthcare Financial Management.
Andy covers sports for 11 high schools. His stories are published in Copper Basin News, San Manuel Miner and Superior Sun, in addition to the San Tan Valley Daily PRSS and CopperArea websites. Additionally, he has written human interest stories and business profiles.
In May 2012, he earned an AAS in Sports Management at Central Arizona College before graduating with a BS in Communication from Arizona State University in 2014.
He and his wife, Kelli, have three sons – AJ, Kyle, and Kade.


Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather
Facebooktwitterby feather

Comments are closed.

  • Additional Stories

    Miners’ Rodriguez wins wrestling championship

    December 11th, 2017
    by

      San Manuel freshman Gilbert Rodriguez (106) capped off a busy week by winning his weight class at last weekend’s […]


    San Manuel girls basketball looking for first win

    December 11th, 2017
    by

      After starting the 2017-18 season with three-straight losses, the Lady Miners’ basketball team will try to earn it’s first […]


    Miners boys basketball off to fast start

    December 11th, 2017
    by

      The San Manuel boys’ basketball has won four of its first five games of the 2017-18 season, including three […]


    Lady Cats win tourney; Yocum named MVP

    December 11th, 2017
    by

      The Ray girls’ basketball team claimed the championship of the 2017 Women’s Holiday Hoops Invitational Tournament, which was hosted […]


  • Additional Stories

    Superior boys basketball without a win

    December 11th, 2017
    by

      The Superior boys’ basketball team is surprisingly still searching for its first win of the 2017-18 season after dropping […]


    Lady Panthers drop a pair of games to start season

    December 11th, 2017
    by

      The Superior girls’ basketball team lost its first two games of the 2017-18 season against Duncan and Ft. Thomas. […]


    Ray Boys hoopsters start season with a pair of victories

    December 11th, 2017
    by

      The Ray boys’ basketball team opened the 2017-18 season with lopsided victories against Phoenix Day School for the Deaf […]


    Lady Bucks finish fifth at state golf championship; Tatyana Carlson places fifth overall at 161

    December 4th, 2017
    by

    Editor’s note: This story is reprinted with permission from The Humboldt Sun and was written by Tony Erquiaga.   At […]


  • Copperarea

  • [Advertisement.]
  • [Advertisement.]
  • [Advertisement.]
  • Southeast Valley Ledger