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Desert Vista SB claims Central Region 6A crown

Desert Vista SB claims Central Region 6A crown

April 19, 2022 by Les Willsey, AZPreps365

Desert Vista’s Jocelyn Briski threw 3 2/3 perfect innings with 9 Ks in Tuesday’s 15-0 win over Highland. (Photo Azpreps365)

There was nothing for Desert Vista softball coach Chris Crowl to challenge his players on Tuesday afternoon as they had their postgame chat at Highland High.

Desert Vista received a one-hit combo pitch from Jocelyn Briski and Zhalia Asi and used a 10-run fourth inning as the impetus for a 15-0 win over the Hawks in a Central Region 6A contest.

The win kept No. 1-ranked Desert Vista (23-6 overall) undefeated in the region at 8-0 with two regional games to play. The Thunder lead second-placed Queen Creek (6-2), but thanks to the sweep of two regional games already with the Bulldogs, the regional title race is over. #17 Highland fell to 14-12, 2-6.

Desert Vista had 16 hits on three Highland pitchers, including three homers. Desert Vista’s scoring started in the second inning via a four-run rally. It included the first of three home runs – a three-point shot from Abraya Vigil. Briski, a junior, and McKenzie Leitgen, a freshman, each finished 4 for 4. Leitgen had a slightly better day with two singles, a double and a grand slam in the fourth. Briski had three singles and a two-run homer in the 10-run outburst. Another perfect day at home plate belonged to senior Jessica Mettham – 3 for 3.

Briski worked 3 2/3 perfect runs. She struck out nine of the 11 batters she faced. Asi ended up allowing the hit and recording two Ks in 1 1/3 innings. Brookelyn Ross of the Highlands broke the game no-hitter and perfect with a two-out right single in the fourth inning.

Highland will next play Thursday – an out-of-region road game against Gilbert District rivals Campo Verde. Desert Vista visits Corona del Sol in their next game on Friday.

Briski singles in the 1st inning, the first of his four hits. (Photo Azpreps365)