9-10 Team Set for State Quarterfinals
The Cactus Foothills South 9-10 All-Star Team completed State Tournament pool play 4-0 after Tuesday night’s 10-5 victory over previously undefeated Litchfield Park. Connor Benson, Zach Valentine, and Collin Cummings combined to strike out 8 LP batters. Landry Harkless retired the last batter to close the game. Offensively, Connor Benson and Landry Harkless each had 3 hits for CFS. Kobe Bowen added 2 hits and drove in 2 runs. After Litchfield Park had tied the score 5-5, CFS regained the lead for good in the top of the fifth inning on Colin Westerman’s sacrifice bunt. Connor Benson added a 2-run home run in the sixth.
With the victory, CFS secured the top seed from Pool A. The team begins elimination play tonight at 7:45pm with a quarterfinal game against Chandler National South (2-2). The winner of tonight’s game will advance to Friday night’s semi-final game against the winner of West Flagstaff (3-1) and Coronado (3-1).
Please put on your highlighter gear and come out to the park tonight (5125 E. Marilyn Road, Scottsdale) to support the team!! We are looking for a big (and loud) crowd tonight!!
9-10 Team Remains Undefeated
The Cactus Foothills South 9-10 All-Star Team moved to 3-0 in the State Tournament with a 9-2 victory over previously undefeated Coronado (Tucson) on Monday night. Grant Richardson started on the mound for CFS, throwing 3.2 shutout innings while striking out 5. Zach Valentine struck out 2 in 1.1 innings of scoreless work in relief. Landry Harkless closed the game for South. Offensively, Jayden Bahoura led the South with 3 hits. Luke Newman drove in 3 runs on 2 hits. Tanner Jacob and Landry Harkless also contributed 2 hits each for CFS. With the victory, the 9-10 team moved its overall record in All-Star play to 10-0 having outscored its opponents 168-6.
9-10 Team Wins Opener
The Cactus Foothills South 9-10 All-Star Team opened State Tournament play with a 13-0 victory over Lake Havasu City South on Wednesday night. Connor Benson started on the mound for CFS and threw three shutout innings, striking out 6. Grant Richardson came on in the fourth inning and completed the shutout for CFS. Offensively, the team got hits from 8 different players, including a 2-hit game from Kobe Bowen. Zach Valentine got the scoring started for CFS with a bases-loaded hit in the second inning. Grant Richardson scored 3 runs and Landry Harkless added a fourth inning triple that helped seal the victory for CFS. After the game, Manager Aerin Jacob expressed his appreciation for everyone who came out and supported the team: “It was awesome to see all the highlighter in the crowd supporting the kids!