Ray softball team atop the state rankings

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Daniella Hinojos pitched her eighth win of the season.

  The Ray softball team has won its last four non-tournament games, including all three games last week in lopsided fashion, and as a result has taken over the top spot in the 1A state rankings.

  The Lady Cats, who knocked off then No. 1 Superior on Mar. 20 (1 – 0), defeated Baboquivari (14 – 0), San Tan Foothills (17 – 1) and Duncan (16 – 0) at home last week.

  In the win against Duncan last Friday, senior Amy Kenyon went 2-for-3, including a double and a homerun, and drove in four runs. Sophomore Chelsea Boyd-Flores also went 2-for-3 with four RBI’s, slugging a triple for one of her two hits. Julie Meza, a senior, hit two doubles – two of the nine extra-base hits by Ray in the game – and drove in two runs. Senior Daniella Hinojos was 3-for-4 with three RBI’s. Tara Lorona also had three hits to go along with an RBI.

  Hinojos was again stellar on the mound, throwing a complete-game shutout for her eighth win of the season and eighth complete game. The senior ace allowed a lone hit without issuing a walk and whiffed six in five innings pitched.

Up next:  Apr. 5 at Arizona Lutheran Academy and Apr. 9 vs. Hayden. both games are scheduled for 4 p.m.

Danielle Barajas at bat against Duncan.

The Ray girls softball team and coaches were happy about their big win over Duncan last week.

Andy Luberda (1106 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.


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