If you have a daughter who plays (or interested in playing) softball, take her out to the Rose Mofford Sports Complex, 9833 N. 25th Ave, in Phoenix tonight, Friday night or Saturday night to watch the Arizona high school championships.
I spent three hours last night watching a semifinal double header between Red Mountain, the number-one seeded team in the 5A-1 tournament, and this year’s Cinderella team, Xavier, which had advanced to the semifinals despite being the 16th, and lowest, seeded team in the tournament. Xavier had advanced to the semifinals after a dramatic come-from-behind win last Saturday against Buena High School.
Red Mountain’s pitcher, Amelia Willadsen, did not allow Xavier to stage any further last-minute drama last night. Willadsen was the dominant player on the field, throwing two complete games to beat Xavier 6-1 and 4-2. Xavier did not go down without a fight, however. They took a 2-1 lead into the 5th inning of the second game before Red Mountain answered with 3 runs in the bottom of that inning.
Tonight will feature three games at 6:30 p.m. — a Division 4A-1 semifinal game between Chaparral and Canyon del Oro and both 4A-2 semifinal games (Seton Catholic vs. Perry and Mingus vs. Greenway). Friday night will be the 4A-2 title game at 5:30 p.m. and 5A-1 championship game between Basha and Red Mountain High Schools at 8 p.m. Saturday will feature the title game in 4A-1 at 6 p.m. and 5A-2 championship game between Deer Valley and Sunrise Mountain at 8 p.m.
For the $5 admission fee, you will be treated not only to the best softball in the state, but also to a lot of enthusiasm among the players and the crowds. You will find that it is time and money well spent.