AZ Copperheads 14U & 16U Fastpitch Softball: Welcome

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Players Wanted for 14U & 16U AZ Copperhead Teams

Greetings softball Fans, we are the AZ Copperheads Fastpitch Softball Club 14 and under & 16 and under softball teams, and we are looking for players with a hard work ethic, positive attitude and the drive to compete in the game of softball. We are, mostly made up of players with limited experience, but who really want to learn and play hard. Games will start the week of June 7. If you want to play, but need experience, we are the team for you! Our coaches are experienced with beginning players. Our practices will be at Washington High School located near 21st Ave & Glendale Ave. Email us if you have any questions. azcopperheads@gmail.com



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Thursday, May 20
ASU and UofA have players named to the All PAC-10 Team

Arizona State sophomore infielder Katelyn Boyd was named to the All-Pac-10 softball team Wednesday. Arizona had three players - junior catcher Stacie Chambers, freshman pitcher Kenzie Fowler and junior outfielder Brittany Lastrapes - named to the team. The second team had three players from ASU - junior catcher Kaylyn Castillo, sophomore infielder Annie Lockwood and junior outfielder Lesley Rogers - and three from UA - senior shortstop K'Lee Arredondo, freshman utility player Brigette Del Ponte and junior outfielder Lauren Schutzler. Del Ponte, Fowler and UA's Sam Parlich were named to the All-Freshman team.Other conference honors went to UCLA's Megan Langenfeld (Player of the Year), Washington's Danielle Lawrie (Pitcher of the Year), Stanford's Rosey Neill (Defensive Player of the Year), Oregon's Samantha Pappas (Freshman of the Year) and Washington's Heather Tarr (Coach of the Year).

Tuesday, May 18
Seton Catholic Defeats Sahuarita for 4 AII State Title

It has gone in one continuous loop, over and over, like an endless horror flick.Try as they might, coach Chris Fanning and his Sahuarita High softball team can't seem to find a way to defeat Chandler Seton Catholic in the state tournament. Whether it's in Class 3A or Class 4A Division II, it doesn't seem to matter. Seton had defeated Sahuarita four times in state tournament play, including three 3A title games in 2002, 2003 and 2004.With the teams now in 4A-II, Sahuarita gave it a fifth attempt on Saturday night and . . . same result. Seton was in control from start to finish and turned away Sahuarita 7-3 at the Rose Mofford Sports Complex in Phoenix. It was the second straight 4A-II title for Seton (28-5), which was the top seed. Sixth-seeded Sahuarita finished 26-7.Sahuarita committed three costly errors, including one in the first inning that helped Seton Catholic score four runs."They're always very fast, and they put the ball in play," Fanning said. "They play the game hard, and you have to be sharp to beat them. We weren't. I told Jerry (Mullin, Seton coach) afterward, maybe we need to change conferences."Sahuarita scored a run in the top of the seventh to cut Seton's lead to 7-3, but left the bases loaded as Seton players celebrated the school's 10th overall championship. Even a few members of the school's band were on hand, playing victory tunes beyond the left-field fence."We were one solid hit from making things very interesting," Fanning said. "I'm proud of the girls."Seton junior pitcher Olivia Bergman hung in there to strike out the final batter."We knew they were going to battle us," said Bergman, who drove in two of the first-inning runs with a single. "They weren't going down without a fight. But to give up one run at that point wasn't so bad."Mullin didn't think of pulling Bergman from the game during Sahuarita's attempted rally."She doesn't rattle very easy," he said."We were able to jump on them early. We like to run hard, take the extra base, put pressure on people."

Tuesday, May 18
Red Mountain stops St. Marys to Win 5A1 State Title

The Mesa Red Mountain softball team likes living on the edge. The Mountain Lions lost their first game of the Class 5A Division I softball tournament so it was backs-against-the-wall time for the rest of the double-elimination format. After rolling through the losers' bracket with six consecutive wins, Red Mountain faced the ultimate challenge in the state-championship game at Rose Mofford Sports Complex: Phoenix St. Mary's pitcher Dallas Escobedo, rated by many as the best prep softball player in the country. Not to worry. The Lions were perhaps the best-hitting team in the state all season, and they had faced Escobedo before. They weren't about to let the hard-throwing Arizona State recruit intimidate them. Courtney Sherwin lined a two-run homer over the right-center-field fence in the sixth inning, and Red Mountain (36-4) captured its second state title with a 2-0 win over St. Mary's (33-4) before a crowd of about 2,500. "It was pure adrenaline," Sherwin said of the homer. "I was just looking for something I could hit - against her, really anything I could just make contact with."Escobedo was at her best in this year's state tournament. She entered the game having allowed no runs and just three hits in four games. She also struck out 61 and tossed a perfect game along the way. But Red Mountain made her work all night, rapping out five hits and driving three balls to the fence. "We figured seeing her that first time would help," Red Mountain coach Rich Hamilton said. "Advantage? I don't know. But it helped."Red Mountain pitcher Mel Willadsen outdueled her counterpart, allowing just four hits while fanning 10. But she had to survive a bases-loaded jam by striking out Mackenzie Dermanalian to win it."That's just the Red Mountain way," Hamilton cracked. Escobedo had a golden opportunity in the first inning to give herself a cushion when the first two St. Mary's hitters got aboard. But after working a 3-1 count, Escobedo swung at two pitches out of the strike zone, and Willadsen got the next two batters easily, stranding Bianca Fajardo at third.

ASu Softball
Tuesday, May 18
ASU Softball: Go Devils!