Two grand slams for Lady Lobos

Josie Naylor and Sabrina Ortiz both hit inside-the-park grand slams, and Cottonwood Middle School’s softball team swept Bagdad 18-2 and 19-8 in a Saturday doubleheader.

Tessa Fanning, Ashly Lawler and Karla Aguilar also hit well as the Lady Lobos remained undefeated on the season.

Dida Quiroz led the pitching corps for CMS and also helped her own cause with some timely hitting.

OAK CREEK SOFTBALL: Chelsie Shadrach hit a home run for the Roadrunners as they topped Camp Verde 18-4 last Thursday.

Oak Creek invoked the 10-run mercy rule after four innings when Amber Bartels cleared the bases with a three-RBI hit. Oak Creek improved to 6-1 with the victory.

Jessica Bilas earned the pitching victory. She also hit a key double in the second inning. Catcher Stephanie Budd made a “beautiful” catch of a pop up in foul territory in the second frame, coaches said.

Oak Creek has home games remaining on Thursday and next Wednesday, plus will host the season-ending tournament on May 4 and May 8.

COTTONWOOD BASEBALL: After a series of lopsided games in his team’s favor, Lobos coach Derrick Lankford looked forward to a doubleheader on Saturday in Payson.

He knew Payson would be tough, and they were – just not tough enough to beat Lankford’s hard-hitting crew. The Lobos won the opener 12-7 and took game two 11-1.

Highlights proved plentiful for Cottonwood in both contests.

Anthony Rojas and Emanuel Hernandez both hit home runs in the opener. Rojas finished 2-for-3 with three runs scored and three RBIs. Hernandez had three hits and two RBIs.

Tyler Thompson and Tony Vocca both went 2-for-2 and scored twice. Aaron Hauser was 3-for-4 with a pair of RBIs.

Hernandez hit his second homer of the day in the second contest, plating two runs. Tim Austill went 3-for-3 with three runs scored and two stolen bases. Brandon Farr picked up the pitching victory, striking out three and walking none.


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