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Salpointe and Mountain View met up Wednesday, one day after each program recorded emotional victories against their softball rivals.
Word came across the social networks Tuesday after Mountain View defeated district rival Marana 4-3 and that message was quickly followed by a notice that Salpointe had defeated Canyon del Oro 9-7.
Mountain View beat Marana in 2012 but the rivalry became one-sided over the last couple of years with Marana outscoring Mountain View 19-3. But that dominance failed to match the one the Dorados held over the Lancers.
Since 2008, CDO beat Salpointe eight straight times for a combined score of 53-16. Five of Salpointe’s runs came last spring when the Lancers let a win slip away in the final moments.
Now, both teams came into Wednesday with perfect 4-0 Division II records with Mountain View sporting a 2-0 record in Section VI.
Senior Delfina Morales (no relation) took the circle for Salpointe and freshman Alex Van der Werf started for Mountain View. The Lancers took an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first on a couple of unearned runs and scored another run in the third before Mountain View could respond with a run in the bottom half of the third.
The game was still tight but Salpointe broke it open in the fourth with four runs. All seven runs came with two outs and each coach saw meaning in what was happening.
“It’s always interesting to see how a team responds after an emotional victory,” explained first-year Salpointe coach Amy Rocha. “I see a lot of fight in my girls and they respond well to pressure situations and everyone knows their role from the third batter to the DH to whatever I need and they do it 100 percent.”
Mountain View also has a first-year coach in Ashley Monceaux.
“I think we should have helped the girls prepare more after they beat Marana,” Monceaux said. “They prepared for that game emotionally and physically and they were high on those emotions but we have to learn to let that go.”
“We came out flat and we were happy with our 4-0 start but this will be a valuable tool to help us prepare for the rest of the season. We have to learn to treat each opponent the same and come out fighting no matter who we play.”
Salpointe went on to win the game 11-1 and the trick now is for each team to move past the win and the loss because the season will not get any easier with Ironwood Ridge, Cienega, Sahuaro and Canyon del Oro still in the hunt.
Mountain View junior Alyssa Lovato replaced Van der Werf in the second inning. Justyne Coffey led Mountain View at the plate with two hits including an RBI double. Van der Werf went 2-3.
For Salpointe, Allison Curtis went 2-5 with two RBIs, Yannira Acuña went 2-5 with an RBI, Annie Scarangella went 2-4 with two doubles and two RBIs, Morales went 2-5 with an RBI double and Giselle Munoz went 3-3 with a triple and an RBI double.
Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014 and has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. His own children have won multiple state high school championships and were named to all-state teams. Competing in hockey, basketball, baseball and track & field in high school, his unique perspective can only be found here, on AZPreps365.com and on the pages of the Vail Voice and the Tanque Verde Voice. Contact Andy Morales at AMoralesMyTucson@yahoo.com