GCHS girls nearly<br>defeat Valley Lutheran
It’s a brave way to start the season — in a warm-weather tournament going up against teams who have been playing outside for weeks. But that’s exactly what Grand Canyon High School’s softball team did this past weekend and although the girls won no games, the Lady Phantoms pull out a few surprises on the first day.
Michelle Harvey sprints off the mound to make this catch against St. Gregory’s on Friday morning.
After falling to St. Gregory’s, 15-2, in the tournament opener on Friday morning, Grand Canyon came back to face Arizona Lutheran on its own field. Heading into the bottom of the third inning, the Phantoms held a 7-2 lead.
Grand Canyon erupted for five runs in the top of the third behind a couple of big hits. After Michelle Harvey scored, Leslie Martinez hit a two-RBI single to score Becky Richardson and Jenna Diaz-Gonzalez. Unfortunately for the Phantoms, Arizona Lutheran had some life left and rallied outscored Grand Canyon, 16-0, the rest of the way for a 17-7 victory.
"The first day was good, we competed with two of the teams," Grand Canyon coach Pat Martinez said. "I’d say the highlight was probably our catcher, Becky. She hustled through the whole thing."
In the tourney-opening loss to St. Gregory’s, the Phantoms took a 1-0 lead in the first but the opponent’s bats were too much. Michelle Harvey took the loss at pitcher. Nikki Harvey reached base twice on walks and scored both of the team’s runs.
Melissa Monroe took the loss on the mound vs. Arizona Lutheran. Offensively, Monroe and Richardson each had two hits.
Grand Canyon’s final game of the day was an even more painful loss, 9-8 to Valley Lutheran. The Lady Phantoms held leads of 5-4 in the first and 7-6 in the third and was knotted in an 8-8 tie heading into the bottom of the fourth.
Nikki Harvey doubled and later scored to tie the game in the fourth. Valley Lutheran came up with the needed run, however, and pulled out its win.
Nikki Harvey and Michelle Harvey each collected two hits. Nikki Harvey lost at pitcher.
On Saturday, Grand Canyon lost all three games and was outscored 61-1 by Pusch Ridge, Bourgade Catholic and Phoenix Christian.
There were a few highlights. Colette Aspaas had two hits vs. Bourgade, including a double to the fence. Defensively, the Phantoms came up with a picture perfect play when outfielder Mary Spoehr ran down a ball hit to the fence, threw it in to second baseman Adrianne Keebahe, who then relayed to catcher Michelle Harvey to tag out the runner at the plate.
In the loss to Phoenix Christian, Diaz-Gonzalez hit a double in the third inning as the top offensive highlight.
Grand Canyon (0-6) is scheduled to host Joseph City Friday for a doubleheader at 1 p.m., pending the field’s condition and weather. It’s possible the games will be moved.
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