Superior wins 1A softball title

Courtesy photo The Superior Lady Panthers earned the Conference 1A softball championship last Friday.

Friday night’s Conference 1A high school softball championship at ASU’s Farrington Stadium came down to two 1A East rivals who split their regular season games 2-2, as the #1 San Manuel Lady Miners met the #2 Superior Lady Panthers – and, in a game decided in the seventh inning, the Lady Panthers broke that tie to earn the title.

After San Manuel took a 2-0 lead in the first inning, Superior tied it at 2 in the third. The game remained tied, at 3-3, after five innings. Superior then scored three runs in the top of the seventh and held the Lady Miners scoreless in the bottom of the inning to clinch a 6-3 victory and the state title. Seniors Myika Cruz and Danika Bryant led the Lady Panthers in scoring with three runs and two runs; junior Jasmin Ortega also crossed home plate for Superior. Bryant also excelled on the pitcher’s mound, recording a two-hitter and striking out 14 San Manuel batters. (At press time, no stats had been entered for the Lady Miners).

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