Sunday, May 22, 2022

Willow Canyon wins second straight 5A softball title

For seven innings on Saturday night, Waddell Canyon View had built a magic shield between third base and home plate. Six times, Surprise Willow Canyon left a runner stranded at third base, often with fewer than two outs.

The eighth innings, at first, appeared to follow a similar trend. Starter Lauren Ervine ran the lead-off batsman before making way – first of all game – for Taylor Jacobs. Jacobs hit a bunt, a sacrificial bunt and a deliberate walk, loading the bases with one.

But when she went 0-2 at Willow Canyon shortstop Riley Turlington, Jacobs inherited Ervine’s magic. Turlington, however, did not give up. She used to catch a ball outside, then a ball, then a lowered ball. Then in the end, he took the fourth ball high, bringing home the winning run and sending Willow Canyon to their second-straight 5A state championship with a 2–1 victory.

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