The Parker Broncs softball team came close to “shocking the world,” as Coach Dan Maya put it. In the end, however, they fell to the Chandler Prep Titans, 15-4, in a state tournament play-in May 1 in Chandler.
The Broncs gave the Titans a run for their money, as Chandler Prep had to overcome an early Parker lead.
“We almost snuck in,” Maya said, referring to the 16 teams that make it to the state tournament.
The Broncs got off to an early lead on their first three batters of the game. Chrissy Villescaz led off with a single and Alexis Pena followed with a double. Tatiana Cuadras then cleared the bases with a three-run home run to give the Broncs a 3-0 lead.
In the bottom of the first, the Broncs committed three errors and the Titans tied it, 3-3. The Broncs again took the lead in the second inning, 4-3, but, after that, it was all Titans.
Maya said the team was hitting well, but they made too many errors and gave up too many walks.
“We couldn’t seem to put it together,” he said.
Despite the results of the play-in game, Maya said the Broncs had a great season. They defeated some teams they weren’t expected to, like Arizona Lutheran and Heritage Academy of Laveen. They were ranked No. 22 in the state in the 2A conference, which is higher than they placed in years. They also qualified for the postseason, something they hadn’t done in quite a while.
“The girls did really well,” Maya said. “They did a lot to get there and earned it,”
The Arizona Interscholastic Association state 2A softball tournament will be held at the Rose Mofford Sports Complex, which is located east of Metrocenter on Peoria Avenue in Phoenix. Chandler Prep is seeded No. 11 going into the tournament, and they’ll be playing the No. 6 seed, Globe, at 4 p.m. May 3 on Field 6 at the Mofford Sports Complex.
Three other teams from the 2A West qualified for the state tournament and will play games May 3. The No. 2 seed, the Trivium Prep Crimson Knights, will face No. 15, Pima, at 4 p.m. on Field 2 at the Mofford Complex. The No. 9 seed, Arizona Lutheran, will face No. 8, St. Johns, at 4 p.m. on Field 1. The No. 14 seed, Heritage Academy of Laveen, will play the No. 3 seed, Camp Verde, at 4 p.m. on Field 3 at the Mofford Complex.
UPDATED, May 6, 2019
The Arizona Interscholastic Association state 2A softball tournament is being held at the Rose Mofford Sports Complex, which is located east of Metrocenter on Peoria Avenue in Phoenix. Chandler Prep was seeded No. 11 going into the tournament, and they lost to the No. 6 seed, Globe, 6-5, May 3.
Globe went on to lose to No. 3 seed Camp Verde, 10-0, May 4. Camp Verde has advanced to the semi-finals and will face one of Parker’s 2A West rivals, the Trivium Prep Crimson Knights, at 6:30 p.m. May 10 at the Mofford Sports Complex. Trivium Prep is seeded No. 2, and they got to the semi-finals with a 6-1 win over No. 15 Pima and a 13-3 win over No. 10 Thatcher.
Two other teams from the 2A West qualified for the state tournament. The No. 9 seed, Arizona Lutheran, defeated No. 8, St. Johns, on May 3. They then lost to No. 1 Benson, 10-0, on May 4. The No. 14 seed, Heritage Academy of Laveen, lost to Camp Verde, 14-0, on May 3.
The Arizona Interscholastic Association 2A Semi-finals have been set. No. 1 Benson will play No. 4 Morenci while No. 2 Trivium Prep will play No. 3 Camp Verde. Both games will be at 6:30 p.m. May 10 at the Mofford Sports Complex.
The AIA State 2A Championship game will be played at 12 noon, May 14, at Farrington Stadium on the Arizona State University campus in Tempe.