At Cleveland’s “Shockyards,” sophomore Avi Fierro scattered three singles, struck out seven and walked only one Monarch as the defending champion Storm advanced into a Friday semifinal, also at home, with a 9-1 quarterfinals win over Manzano.
After scoring an unearned run in the third, the Storm sent eight batters to the plate in the fourth and took full advantage of three Monarchs (3-4) to plate four runs. Alivia Hughes and Mercedes Lovato had RBI singles in that outburst.
Eight Storm (9-2) batter came to the plate in the sixth, scoring four runs again – three unearned – to put the game well out of reach.
Mercedes Lovato, Tavia Fragua and Aubrey Jaramillo each had two of the Storm’s 10 hits. Cleveland played errorless ball on a windy afternoon, but Manzano committed six miscues.
“They‘re getting better,” CHS coach Angel Castillo said. “If we can put it together, the sky’s the limit.”
The Storm will play the winner of the La Cueva-Atrisco Heritage game, played Thursday, Friday at 4 at Cleveland.