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Casey Pritchard's picture

Good job, Team USA

Last week I ate a big fat crow sandwich – but it was delicious.

In the March 8 edition of the West Valley View, I wrote a column bashing the fact that the World Baseball Classic takes away players from spring training, and how USA never does well because it doesn't take the biggest stars.

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Shane McOwen's picture

Taking the next step

ARI ARREDONDO of Agua Fria gets a force out at second base and looks to first against Sierra Linda March 20 at Agua Fria. The Lady Owls are 7-5 this season and looking for a playoff berth.  View photo by Ray Thomas
ARI ARREDONDO of Agua Fria gets a force out at second base and looks to first against Sierra Linda March 20 at Agua Fria. The Lady Owls are 7-5 this season and looking for a playoff berth. View photo by Ray Thomas

Agua Fria softball seeks to return to playoffs and beyond in 2017

After reaching the playoffs last season for the first time since 2010, Agua Fria softball’s main goal is not just to return to the postseason.

This year, the Lady Owls want to advance.

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Millennium softball dialing in for playoff push

MELISSA GUTIERREZ of Millennium reaches out her glove to make a running catch in left field March 21 at Millennium. The Lady Tigers beat Chandler 3-2 and are 4-2 in power-points games. View photo by Ray Thomas
MELISSA GUTIERREZ of Millennium reaches out her glove to make a running catch in left field March 21 at Millennium. The Lady Tigers beat Chandler 3-2 and are 4-2 in power-points games. View photo by Ray Thomas

Lady Tigers shake off tourney woes, sit at RECORD in power-points games

It’s been a tale of two seasons for the Millennium softball team this year. Fortunately for the Lady Tigers, they’re excelling in the one that counts.

Millennium is 4-10 on the season overall, but all but one loss has come in tournament play. The Lady Tigers are a tidy 4-2 in power-points games that count toward the playoff standings. They were listed at No. 12 in the initial 6A rankings released Tuesday.

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Buckeye bats heat up as region begins

AALIYAH WILSON of Buckeye throws a pitch during the 2016 state tournament at Rose Mofford Softball Complex in Phoenix. Wilson and the Lady Hawks won two region games against Yuma last week. View photo by Ray Thomas
AALIYAH WILSON of Buckeye throws a pitch during the 2016 state tournament at Rose Mofford Softball Complex in Phoenix. Wilson and the Lady Hawks won two region games against Yuma last week. View photo by Ray Thomas

Buckeye softball coach Pete Alva was waiting for the Lady Hawks' bats to heat up, and they did in a big way March 21 and 23 against Yuma.

The Lady Hawks scored 36 runs in the two games, winning 19-0 and 17-2.

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Tolleson baseball ends tournament on high note

RAMON RAMIREZ, left, of Tolleson underhands the ball to Omar Baldenegro for a force out at second base March 9 at Tolleson. The Wolverines dropped their first three games of the Pride Classic tournament, but came back to win the last two.  View photo by Mike Rincon
RAMON RAMIREZ, left, of Tolleson underhands the ball to Omar Baldenegro for a force out at second base March 9 at Tolleson. The Wolverines dropped their first three games of the Pride Classic tournament, but came back to win the last two. View photo by Mike Rincon

Wolverines open region play this week with Westview

Tolleson baseball ran into a tough stretch of games after starting the season 8-0, but the Wolverines bounced back nicely by winning their final two games of the Pride Classic tournament.

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Only one way to go

D-backs have chance to make statement in 2017

The Arizona Diamondbacks will begin the 2017 Major League Baseball season with a rare gift: low expectations.

By the time the first pitch is thrown April 2 against the San Francisco Giants, the Diamondbacks will have used much of their patience and excitement reserves among the fans. Not because they’re expected to win, but because they’ve finally taken a step toward the light at the end of the tunnel.

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22
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Lady Wolves ready for start of region play

CHERISH GONZALEZ of Estrella Foothills takes a swing March 14 during a first inning at bat against Greenway. The Lady Wolves lost 13-0 and are 6-11 overall. View photo by Mike Rincon
CHERISH GONZALEZ of Estrella Foothills takes a swing March 14 during a first inning at bat against Greenway. The Lady Wolves lost 13-0 and are 6-11 overall. View photo by Mike Rincon

The Estrella Foothills softball team is still finding its footing in a new conference, but remains confident in a strong showing in region play, coach Randi Isaacs said.

The Lady Wolves sit at 4-7 competing in the 4A Conference, and just snapped a five-game losing streak with a win over Fountain Hills in the Grace Lee Haught Memorial tournament March 16 in Payson.

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22
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Youngker gets pair of wins in home tourney

TAITUM FRARY, left, of Youngker stretches for the ball March 17 while Maricopa runner Bailey Petty runs to second base. The Lady Roughriders went 5-2 in their home tournament March 15-18.  View photo by Ray Thomas
TAITUM FRARY, left, of Youngker stretches for the ball March 17 while Maricopa runner Bailey Petty runs to second base. The Lady Roughriders went 5-2 in their home tournament March 15-18. View photo by Ray Thomas

Lady ’Riders wallop Sierra Linda, double up Betty Fairfax

Going into the Youngker Roughrider Softball Classic, the Lady Roughriders had lost six straight games.

Youngker quickly turned that around on its opening day of play March 16. The Lady Roughriders beat Phoenix Sierra Linda 11-1, then topped Glendale Betty H. Fairfax 6-3 in back-to-back games.

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Lady Lobos move forward with familiar face

MIAH MATTA of La Joya connects with a pitch March 17 against Raymond S. Kellis during the Youngker Roughrider Classic softball tournament. The Lady Lobos have a new coach this year, Rick Brungardt, who won a pair of state championships at Estrella Foothills.  View photo by Ray Thomas
MIAH MATTA of La Joya connects with a pitch March 17 against Raymond S. Kellis during the Youngker Roughrider Classic softball tournament. The Lady Lobos have a new coach this year, Rick Brungardt, who won a pair of state championships at Estrella Foothills. View photo by Ray Thomas

Former Estrella Foothills state-champion coach takes reins at La Joya

La Joya’s softball program has struggled to compete on the highest levels in the school’s history. The Lady Lobos only finished above .500 once in the last 10 seasons, going 16-15 in 2010.

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Newman’s gamble wins at PIR

RYAN NEWMAN, 31, races Austin Dillon during the Camping World 500 Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale. Newman didn’t pit for tires before the final restart, and the gamble paid off as he won the race. View photos by Ray Thomas
RYAN NEWMAN, 31, races Austin Dillon during the Camping World 500 Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale. Newman didn’t pit for tires before the final restart, and the gamble paid off as he won the race. View photos by Ray Thomas

Pit strategy before final restart pays off, ends winless drought

Ryan Newman and his race team took advantage of a late caution, using a risky pit strategy to forgo new tires for a two-lap overtime run in the NASCAR Camping World 500 March 19 at Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale.

The gamble paid off with Newman securing the checkered flag, breaking a 127-race winless streak.

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