Bears Softball Comeback Falls Short on Senior Day

23 April 2017
Bradshaw Mountain senior third-baseman Haley Young touches the "compete" message on Friday April 21st, 2017 as she does each time before taking the field. All Photos by: Torrence Dunham

Three-Run Seventh Inning Proves Too Much For Bradshaw Mountain Softball to Overcome

PRESCOTT VALLEY- Bradshaw Mountain High School softball seniors Katie Grandy, Shelbi Audsley and Randee Clifford each got two hits against state top-ranked Cactus in the final home game of their careers on Friday afternoon, but the Bears couldn’t complete the comeback and fell to the Cobras 7-3.

“We have a word in our dugout that I painted on there that says “compete” and those kids have to touch that word every practice and every game,” Bradshaw Mountain softball head coach Sharon Haese said. “I thought that our girls came out and competed and I thought they did a fine job.”

After a scoreless inning, Cactus got to Bears’ starting pitcher McKaylee Dodge as Carson Gambs smacked a solo homerun while Kaytlin Leyvas added a three-run shot to pad the lead to four.

Clifford decreased the lead to three in the bottom of the fourth with an RBI double.

However, Cactus responded in the final inning with a three-spot fueled by a RBI double by Alynah Torres, who later scored on an error, and a RBI single by Jade Osterhoudt-just one of her four hits in the game.

Bradshaw Mountain didn’t go down easy as Cailee Morgan and Madisen Duryea each added RBIs in the their half of the seventh but the comeback came up short.

“I thought the way we came out was everything,” Grandy said. “The way we brought our spirit, and we came out here with the mentality of a team, and that really brought us to the level that we had to be to compete with this team.”

After relieving Dodge, Bears’ junior Angie Ramirez pitched five and two-thirds innings allowing five hits and three runs-one earned-while striking out three.

Meanwhile, junior Emilie Guerra pitched the complete game for Cactus, giving up nine hits and three runs-one earned-while striking out two for the win.

The game marked the final chance to play in front of the Bradshaw Mountain home crowd for Taidyme Routh, Haley Young, Grandy, Audsley, Dodge, and Clifford. Their time playing for the Bears provided an experience they will never forget.

“It’s been a pretty awesome experience,” said Clifford who has played softball for Bradshaw Mountain during her entire four years, three of which were spent on varsity. “Practices are always fun, some games aren’t always fun, but to see at the end of the season what new friends you’ve had and what you’ve accomplished as a person, it’s pretty great and it’s been a great four years.”

Bradshaw Mountain High School (14-12-1, 4-7 section) ends the season Monday against Coconino on the road. First pitch is 4pm.