Cleveland’s Avi Fierro, seen here, had the right stuff in the Storm’s victory over Valley on March 15, but shared the circle with Alivia Hghes the next day, when neither could stop the hot bats of Albuquerque High. (Photo by Joe Grimando)
The City of Vision’s varsity softball teams won their first-round games Wednesday, but knew before their second-round games ended Thursday neither would be playing in the APS Metro Championship Game, originally set for Saturday, but pushed back after snow on St. Patrick’s Day scuttled plans for semifinal games that day.
When this was posted Friday before 1 p.m., APS officials were hopeful all of the third-round games could be played Saturday at 3 p.m.
If that’s the case, the No. 2 Storm will be home to meet District 1-5A foe Atrisco Heritage Academy, and the Rams will be home to meet St. Pius X.
Here’s how those second round games went on March 16:
Cibola 12, Rams 3: The Cougars, said by Kohman to probably be the best team this season in District 1-5A, got six innings in the circle from Jalyn Montes, who also hit a two-run homer.
Zeyda Olvera had four hits and Krista Healy also homered for the second consecutive day for the Cougars (10-1).
Albuquerque High 13, Storm 7: The seventh-seeded Albuquerque High Bulldogs got a pair of two-run homers from Jazmyn Griego, the latter in their seven-run sixth, which sealed the deal in an early season upset at the Shock Yards.
After the Bulldogs took a 1-0 lead in the second, the second-seeded Storm scored five times in the bottom of that frame, highlighted by a 3-run double by Alivia Hughes.
AHS back with Griego’s first bomb in the third, and a two-run single by Natalia Padilla tied the score at 5 on the fifth.
Naia Thompson swatted a 0-2 pitch into left, giving CHS its final lead, 6-5, in the bottom of the fifth.
AHS‘s batter Annika Stanley slashed a two-run double in the sixth to give the Bulldogs a 7-6 lead, and Griego added her second two-run homer in the frame to make it 10-6. When the damage was done, AHS had a 12-6 lead.
Bunts: RRHS is home this week for its annual Kristin Griego Memorial Tournament, while the Storm head to the Valley of the Sun for three games in Chandler.