Morenci heads to Glendale after region loss to Willcox

Raymundo Frasquillo Photo/Gila Herald: Morenci senior clean-up batter Destiny Chavarria drew a two-out walk the first time at the plate, advanced to third, and became the first of 11 runners left on base by the Wildcats.

By Raymundo Frasquillo

MORENCI – The uniforms are the same, but the starters are different. They don’t all have the same amount of playing time or have worked together very long.

It’s early in the season, and one region loss will not keep the Wildcats (3-4 overall, 1-1 seeding record, 0-1 region) out of the post-season. The Willcox Cowgirls left Morenci with a 6-2 softball region win Tuesday, March 5.

Raymundo Frasquillo Photo/Gila Herald: The scoreboard sums up the result of the Willcox at Morenci softball game.

Additional experience is on tap in Glendale Apollo’s Cool Night’s Tourney. Morenci will square off against teams with schools that have larger enrollment; the Scottsdale Arcadia Titans at 1:30 p.m. and the Glendale Cardinals at 4:35 p.m. on the Apollo campus Thursday, March 7. The Wildcats are scheduled to participate the next two days.

Through seven games, Morenci has batted a combined .318 (47-148) at the plate, struck out 17 times, drawn 26 walks, got beaned twice, and recorded three sacrifices while opponents batted .247 (36-141), struck out 32 times, walked nine times, were beaned once, and had one sacrifice.

Freshman Devanee Medina batted .750 (3-4), junior Angel Ontiveros .500 (9-18), sophomore Jadyn Aguilera .500 (6-12), sophomore Candace Forgach-Aguilar .500 (6-12), junior Brigid Silvester .409 (9-22), senior Kayla Cueto .333 (2-6), senior Jaim’ee Rodriguez .231 (3-13), senior Caasi Apodaca .200 (1-5), senior Destiny Chavarria .167 (3-18), sophomore Lanae Leonard .167 (2-12), senior Dominique Garcia .167 (1-6), sophomore Hunter Lindsey .071 (1-14), freshman Eliana Cazares walked once, freshman Juliauna Forgach-Aguilar 0-1, and sophomore Marissa Gallegos 0-2.

Willcox – 6, Morenci – 2

The Wildcats have outscored six opponents by an average of 6-4 (36-25) runs per game, driven in 25 runs to 16 for opponents, and left an average of five (30) runners on compared to four (21) for opponents,

Against Willcox, Morenci drove in two runs and left 11 runners on while the Cowgirls drove in three and left four on.

In short, the home girls got on base, but could not drive in runners, leaving the bases loaded with two outs twice, two on with one out once, one on with one out twice, and one on with none out once.

Raymundo Frasquillo Photo/Gila Herald: Willcox sophomore pitcher Maddy Tunks takes a step to make a delivery against Morenci. The Cowgirls left Morenci with a 6-2 region win March 5.

Ontiveros was driven in on an Aguilera walk with two outs in the first, and Garcia reached second on an infielder error, advanced to third on a passed ball and was driven in on a sacrifice for the second out in the seventh.

Willcox was retired in order through the first three innings, scored two runs on an outfielder error, and singled in two more with one out in the first. The Cowgirls doubled on with one out, scored a run on a fielder’s choice and added run number six on another fielder’s choice in the fifth. Willcox had a combined seven batters in the next two innings.

The Wildcats batted .154 (4-26), fielded .893 (25-28), and committed three errors compared to .133 (4-30), .903 (28-31), and three errors by the Cowgirls.

Ontiveros, Silvester, and Candace Forgach-Aguilar each batted .333 (1-3), Silvester .250 (1-4), Aguilera 0-1 (RBI), and Cueto 0-1 (sac, RBI).

In the circle, Rodriguez (3-4) struck out 10, walked one, and yielded four hits while facing 31 batters during seven innings.

For Willcox, both juniors Selena Villegas (double) and Dani Pando (2 RBIs) batted .333 (1-3) and both senior Gabby Acosta (double) and freshman Jazlyn Felix (RBI) .250 (1-4).

Sophomore Maddy Tunks walked five, beaned one and allowed four hits while facing 34 batters during seven innings.

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