The Girls Attempt To Make It To State
By Pete Gammill, Head Softball Coach
On Tuesday April 24, the American Leadership Academy Ironwood Warriors Varsity Softball team traveled to Desert West Park in Phoenix to play in the Canyon Athletic Association State Quarterfinal game vs. Heritage Mesa. The Warriors sent Olivia Gammill to the circle and she pitched amazing, scattering four hits over seven innings but the defense struggled and Heritage got an early lead. Two 2-run home runs by first baseman Leanna San Miguel kept the Warriors close. Heritage scored two runs in the top of the sixth to take the lead 7-4. The Warriors could not get on the board in the bottom of the sixth and Gammill held Heritage in the top of the seventh to set up a wild finish.
In the bottom of the seventh, Pinch Hitter Jessica Kring led off with a first pitch single to right field. Brianna Swaney then hit a ball in the gap that Heritage misplayed and both runners were able to score. San Miguel reached on a hit and advanced to third on a passed ball. Heritage attempted a pick off at third but the ball sailed in to left field and San Miguel scored to even the game. Hannah Coppin singled, stole second and reached third on a passed ball. With two outs, Pinch Hitter Ari Pearson beat out a slow roller to short scoring Coppin to end the game giving the Warriors their first playoff win in team history. Head Coach Pete Gammill said, “Our goal at the beginning of the year was to make it to ASU. Now that we are there, we are going to go and leave everything on the table. This is a great bunch of girls who never quit and I am so proud of them”.
The Warriors will now play Saturday April 28th at 11:30AM at ASU Farrington Stadium in the State Semifinal game vs. Imagine Prep Surprise. A win would put the Warriors in to the Championship game at 7PM. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students, which is good for an all-day pass.