On to the next round of the 1A state softball championships for the St. David Tigers.
The No. 2 Tigers broke a scoreless tie with seven third-inning runs Saturday en route to an 8-1 win over No. 15 Duncan. That sets up a 6 p.m. encounter May 3 for coach Deana Donovan and the Tigers with No. 7 Mogollon at the Rose Mofford Sports Complex in Phoenix.
Jaelyn Goodman tripled and drove home a pair of runs and Zoe White doubled in a two-for-three showing at the plate. Jaylin Richardson, who added a hit and two RBIs to the mix, was solid in the circle. She surrendered three hits and fanned six to earn the win.
Offensively, Brylee Murray, Megan Merrill, Mackenzie Comaduran and Goldi Merrill, each with one, helped account for St. David’s eight-hit effort, with Megan Merrill, J. Richardson and Goodman delivering clutch RBIs in the Tigers’ big inning. Each team added one fifth-inning run.
Saturday’s opening-round triumph marked a symbolic and potentially defining moment for Donovan, assistant coach Amber Gil, and the Tigers whose unified and solidified run — the groundwork laid a good five years ago — began in earnest in February.
It’s been a methodical and result-oriented approach for the Tigers, who enter next Friday’s game 16-4 overall. The state tournament win is St. David’s eighth win over the past 10 games.