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Badgers Softball Outlasts Mingus for Victory
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08 March 2017  
Prescott High School Badgers' senior pitcher Kendall Schwartz throws a pitch against the Mingus Marauders on Tuesday March 7th, 2017 at Prescott High School in Prescott, Arizona All Photos by: Torrence Dunham
Kendall Schwartz and Christina Banuelos Each Homer in PHS Badgers Victory

PRESCOTT- The Prescott High School Badgers went yard twice and withstood a Mingus comeback attempt to win their second straight game in a row on Tuesday afternoon.

“I’m really proud of the way we played,” said Badgers’ senior pitcher Kendall Schwartz. “Mingus is a pretty good team, they won’t give up, they are really aggressive. I’m really proud of the way we started and finished.”

Schwartz started the scoring for Prescott High School in the first inning with a sac-fly for an RBI. Christina Banuelos would add on in the second inning with a deep two-run homer to left field which gave the Badgers a 3-0 lead early. In the third, Prescott High School went yard again as Schwartz sent one over the right field wall to increase the advantage to four. The Badgers’ would pick up two more runs in the fourth as Banuelos delivered again with a two-run double.

Trailing 6-0, Mingus began to claw back as senior Krista Earl edged out a two-run single and decreased the deficit to four in the fourth inning.

However, the Badgers would get those two runs back in the bottom half of the inning as Schwartz came through again with a two-run double.

Mingus would not give up and cause noise in the top of the fifth inning and sixth inning, scoring three runs on RBI singles by Jordan Cromer, Jasmine Shults and Maliah Zillmer.

The Badgers would extend the lead and bury Mingus in the top of the sixth with a two-run single by senior Evelyn Morales to finish off the 10-5 victory.

“I thought everyone hit really well and we stayed in the game and we never let anything bring us down,” Banuelos said after the game. “i think we all stayed strong and didn’t let the other team’s energy effect us.”

After breezing through three innings, Schwartz began to face some adversity-allowing five runs in the final four innings-but battled to pick up the complete game victory.

“The first three innings I felt really comfortable, and pitches were really working, and then they started hitting a little bit so I just tried to stay mentally focused and get through it,” Schwartz said. “i just talked to myself in my head, I didn’t let it get to me, I went on to the next batter.”

In the first two regular season games, the Badgers have notched double-digit runs.

“Our lineup is pretty long,” Badgers’ head coach Randall Bryan said. “We have girls from one to eight who can hurt you, even one to nine, and we are starting to show that.”

The Badgers (2-0, 1-0 section) will look to keep the momentum rolling on Thursday as the team faces Mingus again but this time on the road. First pitch is 3:45pm.

Torrence Dunham

Torrence Dunham "TD" is a multimedia journalist who graduated with a Bachelor's Degree from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.  Torrence is our PrescottValleyeNews.com Correspondent covering local news and events in Prescott Valley. He is also the lead sports correspondent and play-by-play pro for all our multimedia news sites. If he's not adding to his extensive sports bobble-head collection, he's talking baseball, his favorite. Follow him on Twitter: @Tadunham.