Offensive fireworks ignite as Scottsdale softball loses double header to Glendale CC

Teams combine for 42 runs


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Erica Gilles nears home plate after hitting a two run home run in the second inning

Hannah Hamilton, Reporter

On Tuesday afternoon, No.8 Scottsdale Community College team dropped both games of a softball double header to No. 12 Glendale Community College.

After taking the first game of the afternoon 15-6, Glendale got the bats going right away in game two, with a first inning, two-run home run, but the Artichokes fought back.

After putting runners on first and second, Catalina Sanchez swiped an RBI single, to make it a one-point game until Adriana Armstrong gave Scottsdale the lead with a three-run homer.

The teams continued to trade blows in the second.

The Gauchos hit another home run with a runner on base, but Erica Gilles nailed the Artichoke’s second three-run home run of the game to take back the lead.

The lady Artichokes added to their advantage in what turned out to be a wild third inning.

After a walk, a hit-by-pitch and a wild pitch by Glendale’s hurler, Katherine Lincoln knocked a double, scoring two runs, and Eva Mcninch stretched the lead to 10-6 with a sacrifice fly.

Gilles was hoping to add to her big day at the plate in the fourth inning, but instead, received an intentional walk.

“I mean since I’m only hitting, it kind of takes away that part of the game.  So, I mean I take it as a compliment, but at the same time — obviously I’m not happy about it, because they have a better shot of getting me out,” an emotional Gilles said after the game.

Glendale continued to chip away at Scottsdale’s lead and pitcher Catalina Sanchez.

Another two-run home run in the fifth inning clearly frustrated Sanchez, but her teammates refused to give up on her.

“It honestly means a lot, because pitching — you can really get in your head and it’s really hard to get out of that, so having everybody behind you and talking to you just really keeps me in the game,” Sanchez said of her teammates support during the game.

After Glendale scored a sixth-inning run to cut the lead to one, the wheels seemed to come off for Scottsdale in the final frame.

Between the glare of the setting sun wreaking havoc in the outfield and a couple key Artichoke mistakes, the Gauchos emerged with an 11-10 lead, and a sweep of the afternoon’s games.

Scottsdale will look to bounce back in a stern test on the road against Arizona Central on April 1.