Girls Varsity Softball
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QUEEN CREEK, AZ--The Queen Creek High School softball team will officially start its season Tuesday at Arcadia.
The Dogs played in a preseason tournament at the Dorado Classic over the weekend and will have four regular season away games before playing in their home opener on March 9 against Poston Butte.
Last year, the team made its best run in the state tournament since winning the state championship in 1990. Head coach Stephanie Mejia was able to lead her team to a semifinal appearance in just her third year at QC. The Dogs played out of the loser’s bracket and beat the no. 2 ranked team in the tournament to advance to the semifinal game, where they lost to Sahuaro 3-1.
QC lost four seniors from last year’s roster and are heavy with lower-classmen this year, including six freshmen.
“Our goal this year is to win region and make a good run at state again,” said Mejia.
Mejia acknowledged the strengths of her team in three areas: speed, hitting and pitching. The team will need all three to work together to be able to compete in the 5A San Tan Region. The Dogs lost the region championship to Campo Verde and tied with Mesquite last year, beating them out due to overall conference record. Both Campo and Mesquite were ranked in the top 17 in the state to end the season. QC ended ranked no. 10.
The Dogs will look to their seniors Millie Parra and Julia Heitz and juniors Jaylei Brechler, Kaylee Joyce and Savannah Morales to lead the way while also expecting big things from underclassmen sophomore Maria Valenzuela and freshmen Brianna Brooks, Brandi Ayala and Ana Berger.
Five players are returning from last year’s roster, including senior pitcher Julia Heitz, who has contributed to a lot of the success Mejia has experienced in her last three years as head coach.
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