The varsity softball crew from Heritage Academy has gained the AZCAA Division 2 State Championship.
The Heroes defeated a gifted Imagine Prep Storm crew of Surprise by a 15-12 rating on May 9 at Farrington Stadium on the campus of Arizona State University.
Freshman pitcher Kenia Martin led the squad from the mound with a seven-inning, 10-strikeout efficiency that her coach, Derek Zappa, referred to as “amazing.” Kenia threw a median of simply 3.75 pitches per batter. She additionally had two hits and an RBI on her strategy to “Player of the Game” honors.
Two juniors – shortstop and captain Valarie Camacho and second baseman Brooke Anderson – powered the offense with two hits every. Valarie had two RBIs and Brooke added one other whereas making the third out to seize the championship.
“We leaned on our entire roster throughout the season,” Zappa stated. “The Heroes dug deep, worked hard and dedicated themselves to the three goals that they set together as a team. Each goal relied on the prior goal’s completion before being able to proceed forward. The rest is history.”
Many Heroes made contributions within the championship sport.
Sophomore third baseman Bailey LaBounty had successful, a stroll, a stolen base and run scored. Defensively, she made a number of key stops to maintain the Heroes forward.
The bat of Payton Duncan, a freshman catcher, got here alive with a single and a triple – and two RBIs. She added a stolen base.
Freshman centerfielder Aiyanna Sims placed on a base-running clinic along with her blistering pace. With successful, successful by pitch and one RBI, she additionally had stolen bases.
Adding RBIs to the crew effort have been freshman left fielder and utility participant Olivia Santiago and freshman designated hitter Brooklynn Martin.
Putting up a stalwart protection have been sophomore first baseman Sayuri Marquez, who had two putouts, and freshman proper fielder Brielle Better.
Rounding out the championship crew have been sophomore left fielder Maddison Martin, freshman second baseman Jacee Anderson, centerfielder/second baseman Gabi Sorenson, freshman first baseman/catcher Caitlyn Strum, freshman proper fielder Genesis Spallinger and first baseman/outfielder Zoey Wheaton.
Zappa stated assistant coach Becca Robinson was the proper stability wanted by the crew.
“She brought prior knowledge and a positive approach to the game,” he stated. “She was an absolute contributing factor to our successful season.”
He additionally cited contributions by “Fungo Master” Joe Klepfer.