Lady Devs ousted: Sabino shuts out River Valley 5-0
PHOENIX — Other than a sixth-inning single from freshman Rusti Glenn and a seventh-inning single from senior Tianna Williams, that was it for the River Valley High School Lady Dust Devils during their last game of the season.
Senior right-handed hurler Danielle Kirschofer hurled a two-hit, seven-inning, complete-game shutout for the Sabino High School Lady Sabercats during their 5-0 victory over the No. 2-seeded Dust Devils in the second round of the 2019 Arizona Interscholastic Association Softball State Championship on Friday night.
Kirschofer, who was working on a perfect game until Glenn led off the sixth inning with a single, struck out 10 and walked one.
“Sabino’s a good team,” Dust Devils head coach Kathleen Watson said. “We knew they had good pitching, had good hitters, we came out with what we could and I thought our kids fought the entire game.
“We hit a couple of really hard balls, just right at them.”
Williams hit a drive to dead-center field, which Sabercats freshman center fielder Maddie Fillmore-Moreno caught chest high against the 3-foot fence during the fourth inning.
The No. 7-seeded Sabercats went on to blank the No. 14-seeded Pusch Ridge Lady Lions 3-0 in Saturday’s semifinals.
The No. 4-seeded Snowflake High School Lady Lobos edged the No. 9-seeded, defending-champion, Sahuratia High School Lady Mustangs during Saturday’s other semifinal, which sets up a Sabino vs. Snowflake final at 7 p.m. on Monday at the Farrington Stadium in Tempe.
Kirschofer and Dust Devils sophomore right-hander Chloe Hibbard were engaged in a pitchers’ duel until Sabercats junior Sydney Gray hit a home run well over the left-center field fence, which made it 1-0 in the top of the third inning.
Hibbard gave up five runs on nine hits, while striking out seven, walking three and hitting one batter in seven innings to take the complete-game loss.
The Sabercats made it 3-0 in their fifth when senior Cassandra Castaneda doubled, senior Riley Carley walked, freshman Ashley Stewart singled home Castaneda and sophomore Jillian Calloway singled home Carley.
Kirschofer hit a two-run home run after Gray led off the seventh with single, which made it 5-0.
“We have some great upperclassmen and leadership and she is one of them,” said Sabino head coach Chris Stainer when asked about Kirschofer’s performance in the circle. “She’s a great competitor, she hit her spots and, ‘Cassie’ (Castaneda) our catcher, made some great calls tonight.”