Lady Panthers at top of division rankings

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This Lady Panther knows how to wait for the perfect pitch. Mila Besich Lira | Sun

The SHS Girls Softball Team continued their winning streak this week with a big win against the Salome Frogs. The game ended after four innings with a 26-0 score. The lady Panthers did earned most of their runs in the first, third and fourth inning. In the fourth inning Gabby Salcido a Sophomore hit an in the park grand slam home run. This is one of several home runs for Salcido this year. The Panthers play San Manuel today (Wednesday) at 4 p.m. in Superior. The match up is expected to be intense with both teams battling for top rankings in their division. Superior is currently number one in Division four with San Manuel in second. Mila Besich Lira | Sun

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The Superior softball team is currently the top-ranked in the Division IV rankings released by the AIA. Their record in power-points games, which is used to calculate the rankings, is a perfect 10 – 0.

The Lady Panthers defeated sixth-ranked Ray in extra innings on Apr. 8, 5 – 4. Gabby Salcido scored the winning run in the bottom of the eighth for the walk-off win. The victory over the Bearcats vaulted the Panthers to the top of the division rankings and avenged a previous loss to Ray at the same time. Ray defeated Superior at the Salt River Tournament earlier this season, 7 – 3.

“This win means a great deal to the team,” Panthers’ head coach Martin Navarrette said after the game. “It’s a tremendous confident booster. This game will help us overcome adversity anytime were faced with it, especially going into the playoffs.”

Freshman Elizabeth Ochoa was 3-for-4 with an RBI in the game. Gabby Salcido had two hits in the game, including an in-the-park homerun.

Salcido’s other hit came when she led off the eighth inning with a single. After a sacrifice bunt by Cierra Navarrette moved her to second, Salcido advanced to third on a fielder’s choice groundout by Ochoa. She scored the winning run from third on a passed ball.

“The girls showed me that they can win close games in pressure situations,” Navarrette said. “Even when they were down against a very good pitcher they kept battling and won. It says a lot about the character of the team. It shows me they have heart.”

Sophomore pitcher Ivie Lopez went the distance and earned the victory. She held a strong Bearcats’ offense scoreless over the last three innings of the game. Lopez allowed four runs – three earned – and walked one. She recorded 10 strikeouts.

“Ivie has been solid all year,” Navarrette said of his ace. “I am very impressed with her composure and confidence regardless of who the team or batter is.”

The Panthers will face their biggest test of the season next. They play the defending 2013 State Champion San Manuel Miners in back-to-back games this week. The Miners, who own a 14-game winning streak, are the second-ranked team in the division. But make no mistake, the Panthers provide the Miners their biggest test to date as well. It’s a clash of the titans and, more-than-likely, not the last times the top two teams in the division will face each other.

Upcoming schedule: Apr. 16 vs. San Manuel, Apr. 18 @ San Manuel, and Apr. 23 vs. Pima. All games begin at 4:00 p.m.

Andy Luberda (915 Posts)

Andy Luberda began writing for Copper Area News Publishers (CANP) in February 2013 after working15 years in Healthcare Financial Management. Andy covers sports for eight high schools. His stories are published in the Southeast Valley Ledger, Copper Basin News, San Manuel Miner and Superior Sun. Additionally, he has written human interest stories and business profiles. In May 2012, he earned an AAS in Sports Management at Central Arizona College. Andy is currently earning a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from ASU’s Hugh Downs School of Communication. Andy is scheduled to complete his degree December 2014. He was born and raised in Des Plaines, Ill. In 1992, he relocated to Arizona. After a short return to Des Plaines in 1997, he returned to the Phoenix area two years later. He and his wife, Kelli, have three sons – AJ, Kyle, and Kade.


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