It was another rough week for the Parker Broncs girls’ softball team, although they did break their losing streak with a 17-7 win over the Tonopah Valley Phoenix April 2 at home. The big news of the week, however, came from a Kingman pitcher.
On April 3, the Broncs faced the hard-hitting Kingman Bulldogs at home. In a previous meeting March 27, the Bulldogs outslugged the Broncs, 23-13. The April 3 game was very different. Kingman’s Liliana Valdivia tossed a no-hitter at the Bulldogs beat the Broncs, 14-0, in a game that was called after five innings.
Parker didn’t have a base runner until the third inning, when DeAndrea Robledo walked. She advanced to second on a sacrifice out and was left stranded when Angelic Robledo grounded out.
The Broncs got another walk in the fifth inning, but that was the last of their base runners.
Valdivia, a sophomore, struck out five batters to go with her two walks.
Parker Coach Dan Maya offered his congratulations to Valdivia. He said the Broncs knew Kingman would be tough going into this game.
“We knew we were outmatched,” Maya said. “We were hoping to play them tighter.”
Maya praised Angelic Robledo for her defensive play in left field. She made a spectacular catch at the fence and a throw to the infield in the third inning. As a result, neither base runner could advance on the play. While both later scored, Robledo’s play likely kept the Bulldogs from scoring more than the 7 runs they scored in the inning.
The Broncs evened their record to 1-1 against their 2A West opponents with a 17-7 win over the Tonopah Valley Phoenix April 2 at home. The Broncs had earlier lost to the Phoenix, 5-4, in Tonopah.
Maya said Alice McCabe was the star of the game as she scored two runs with one hit, one RBI, and five assisted outs.
On April 1, the Broncs faced the very hard-hitting Paradise Honors Panthers and quickly learned why they are one of the top teams in 3A. The Panthers blasted the ball all over the field for 10 extra-base hits, including nine doubles and a home run. They scored 4 runs in the first inning and 10 runs in the second inning on their way to a 22-0 win. The game was called after five innings.
The Panthers are now 11-0 overall. In their last nine games, they only time they didn’t score at least 15 runs was an 8-7 win over the Yuma Catholic Shamrocks March 26.
The Broncs ended the season with a 10-3 loss to the Mohave Accelerated Patriots April 4 in Bullhead City.
The Broncs are now 1-1 in the 2A West, 4-2 against 2A teams, and 4-0 overall. They have three games this week, all against 2A West rivals. They face the Arizona Lutheran Coyotes April 9 on the road and then play them April 11 at home. Game time is 3:45 p.m. They close out the week with a road game against the Trivium Prep Crimson Knights April 12.