Chaparral softball’s crazy postseason
Thanks to its offense bludgeoning Cienega on Saturday in a Division I softball elimination game, Chaparral’s softball team is still alive in the state tournament heading into Tuesday’s next elimination game. The Firebirds will face the loser of Monday night’s Mountain Ridge/Mountain View showdown.
Chaparral is the No. 14 seed in-large part because the Firebirds had losses to Horizon, Xavier and Desert Mountain in the (non-tournament) regular season, and lost 5-1 to Red Mountain earlier in this tournament.
As if playing elimination games against top competition every day from here on out isn’t tough enough, it’s already been a wild few weeks for this bunch having little to do with the actual games.
As with nearly every team, there have been a few injuries, including coach Stefanie Ewing, who’s hobbling around after suffering a broken foot (and possibly ligament damage) so she hasn’t been coaching third base for the past few weeks.
An assistant coach on the team quit the team right before the state tournament began. Fortunately, Ewing’s assistants are former Xavier assistant Mike Stoffey (who was basically run out of the Gators’ program for unknown reasons) and former Hamilton coach Keith Householder. That’s a pretty good bunch.
And to top it off, early last week one of the Chaparral players lost a close friend (the friend was a freshman at Arizona State) to a drug overdose. The funeral was Saturday morning so she missed most of the Cienega game.