South softball best in 4A/1A

By Todd Fuqua

Photo by Todd Fuqua Capitan graduate Cheyenne Marrs hits the first of two doubles she had in the South All-Stars' victory, June 9, at Rio Rancho.

RIO RANCHO – In a weekend in which the South All-Stars seemed to be winning nearly everything, the 4A/1A South softball team kept its end up with a three-game sweep of their North counterparts at Cleveland High School.

Photo by Todd Fuqua Ruidoso’s Ashleigh Carpenter tracks down a fly ball in left field, June 9, during the South All-Stars’ win to start their sweep of the North at Rio Rancho.

The winning began Friday afternoon, when the South got an 11-4 victory, capping off the night with an 11-9 win Friday night.

In between those two games, Ruidoso’s Lia Mosher – fresh off her appearance in the South’s volleyball win the night before – took top honors in the home run derby.

“It wasn’t too crazy (going from volleyball to softball),” Mosher said. “Softball finished up just a couple of weeks ago, so we’re still in the swing of things there. It was nothing crazy.”

A win Saturday completed the sweep and solidified the South’s dominance in softball at the small-school level.

Photo by Todd Fuqua Ruidoso’s Lia Mosher, left, catches the ball at first base to retire North All-Star Shanaya Pacheco of Robertson, June 9, at Rio Rancho.

Joining Mosher on the team was teammate Ashleigh Carpenter and Capitan catcher Cheyenne Marrs.

“I’m super thankful to be here,” Carpenter said. “There’s so many people that could be here. I’m glad I’m one of them.”

Marrs – the only catcher on the South roster – played every single inning of all three games as a result, and she came through in a big way. She was 4-for-4 at the plate in the first game, including two doubles.

She kept getting on base in game two, as well, whether it was base hits or walks.

It was also fitting that she got the final out of the night on Friday, laying out to catch a soft pop up behind the plate.

“I was comfortable from the start, just felt good to make contact,” Marrs said. “I just stuck the bat out there and made contact.”


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