Local Glance: April 25
Hawks defeat Raiders
Irving Elizarraras was 0 for 5 against Cibola in the game.
But the Gila Ridge starter finished the day 1 for 1, and likely finished the Raiders season as well.
Elizarraras drove home the first of four runs for Gila Ridge in the top of the 11th as the Hawks won at Cibola 9-7 in a game continued from earlier this month.
The teams began the day tied at five in the 10th. Cibola mounted a two-out rally in the bottom of the 11th, scoring two and loading the bases, but didn't get any closer.
The Raiders entered the day 26th in the AIA Power Point rankings, with the top 24 teams advancing to the Division I playoffs.
“It's disappointing,” Cibola coach Duane Evans said. “It's one of those situations where we weren't playing at our top level. We were slumping at the wrong time and we couldn't get out of it. But I'm proud of what we accomplished this year. We just couldn't get over that hump.”
Braden Easley had four hits in the game for the Raiders.
For the Hawks, they were sitting at 13th as they awaited today's release of the brackets. The No. 9 through 16 seeds earn a first-round home game.
“What we were concerned about was getting a home game,” Gila Ridge coach Greg Osowski said. “We really wanted to make a Phoenix school come down here, make them travel, get our last at-bats and play on our home field. It's a big advantage.”
Errors plague Rams
Hit batters and errors proved costly for the Antelope Rams as they fell to Parker 9-0 Wednesday.
The Rams commited six errors and hit five batters in the game to close out their season.
Antelope likely in playoffs
Analysa Rivera had three hits and got the win in the circle as Antelope top Parker 8-3.
The win, at least temporarily, had the Rams No. 13 in Division IV after a rough start to the year.
“We played like a dear in headlights cause we were so young,” coach Mike Jorajuria said. “But we just kept getting better as the year went on. We really progressed.”
Santana Castro went 3 for 4 with two runs and two RBIs for the Rams, while Jacey Burks added two RBIs. The brackets for the state tournament are expected to be released Friday.
PREP TRACK AND FIELD
Kofa earns qualifying marks at Lake Havasu
Kofa is breathing a sigh of relief at earning more qualifying scores at Lake Havasu on Wednesday.
“It's good to know that not everything rests on the region meet Saturday,” Kings coach Tom Spanton said.
The girls 3200 relay took first with a time of 10:02.48 — an automatic state qualifer. Lesly Salazar, Dana Chappell, Nicole Hartman and Adly Wiley made up the relay team.
Wiley also earned a provisional time in the 800 meter for Kofa.
Alexis Jubera took first in the 100 meter with a time of 13:08.
Kline Johnson, Burton Bennett, Albert Aguilar and Adam Spencer made up the winning 1600 relay team — finishing with a state provisional time of 3:28.16.
Johnson was also on the first place 400 relay team and was joined by Michael Klakulak, Haden Beaty and Kwame Blevins.