By Greg Perkins
The Lady Lobos’ sweep of their final three regular season softball games played last week was enough to boost them into the top eight in the rankings, earning them a first round bye in the state tournament, which begins on Thursday, May 2. The Lobos defeated Blue Ridge, Holbrook and Safford on consecutive days to earn the extra day off.
Their week began Monday at Lakeside, where they took an early three-run lead over Blue Ridge and went on to win the game 6-1.
Brylee Coplan, who pitched all three games, allowed only one earned run on three hits with five strikeouts and five walks.
At the plate, Marisa Godfrey went one for four. Tycee Coplan was two for three with two doubles and scored three runs. Brylee Coplan went one for three with two RBIs and scored once. Ashlyn Butler went three for four with an RBI and scored a run. Eilee Penrod was one for four, and Shayna Austin scored once in the win.
Tuesday’s game in Holbrook was similar to Monday’s, with the Lobos again scoring three first inning runs. They added two more in the third, but really didn’t have control of the game until four runs in the fifth gave them a comfortable separation. Snowflake went on to win the game 13-3.
Tyler Flake went zero for three, but walked twice, reached on errors twice, had four RBIs and scored once. Tycee Coplan went two for four, scoring three runs. Brylee Coplan was zero for one, walked and scored twice. Butler went one for three, walked twice, reached on errors twice and scored five times. Kimber Solomon went zero for four, but reached once on an error, had one RBI and scored once. Alexa Jones was two for four with an RBI and scored once.
Brylee Coplan again pitched a complete game facing, 25 Holbrook batters. She gave up only three runs, all earned, with three hits, seven strikeouts and two walks.
The Lobos wrapped up the regular season at home on Wednesday with a 15-1, five-inning rout over Safford. A 2-1 lead through two innings quickly turned in Snowflake’s favor when the Lobos scored 11 runs in the third. Two more in the fourth and another solid performance in the circle were enough to end the game early.
Brylee Coplan faced 18 batters, allowing just one earned run on four hits with eight strikeouts.
At the plate, Godfrey went two for two with two RBIs and scored three runs. Flake was one for two with a double and scored twice. Tycee Coplan went one for three, scoring twice. Brylee Coplan was two for two with two RBIs and scored once. Butler went two for four with a triple, a stolen base, two RBIs and two runs scored. Solomon was one for three with two RBIs and scored once. Austin went one for three with a triple, three RBIs and scored once. Melissa Eich went one for two, scoring two runs. Jones was one for two with a double, an RBI and scored a run.
As the seven seed, the Lobos will face either No. 23 Chino Valley or No. 10 River Valley at 8 p.m. on Friday, May 3, at the Rose Mofford Complex in Phoenix. With a win in that round they would most likely meet up with second seeded Payson in Saturday’s quarterfinal round at 11:30 a.m. Payson will play either Thatcher or Wickenburg on Friday.
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By Greg Perkins