The Arizona Stealth had one big inning on offense Sunday, and Dallas McBride pitched a complete-game gem as the Stealth defeated the Scottsdale Fever 95 7-1 and captured the ASA 14u A state championship at Rio Vista Park in Peoria
The Stealth scored all seven runs in the fourth, highlighted by Jordan Beck’s grand slam.
Jade Bernal reached second on an error to start the inning and quickly advanced to third on a single by Natalie Cravens. Makenzie Sullivan plated both runners with a double.
Lauren Lattera reached on an error and stole second base before Rachel Browne loaded the bases with an infield single. Browne smacked a liner right at Fever pitcher Kayla Escobar, who made a nice play to knock the ball down.
Browne had a good day at the plate out of the nine hole, going 2-for-2 with one run scored.
Escobar made another excellent play a batter later on a groundball and cut Sullivan down at home to save a run and record an out.
A wild pitch scored Laterra to put the Stealth up 3-0. Mallory Belknap then beat out an infield single to load the bases again and set the stage for Beck’s big fly. With the bases juiced, Beck deposited the pitch just beyond the wall in center to give the Stealth a 7-0 lead.
Beck finished the game 1-for-2 with four RBI and a walk.
The Fever nearly responded in the top half of the fifth before the Stealth defense turned a quick double play to end the threat.
Liz Aguilar singled with one out and moved to second when Ashlen Vega reached on an error. With one down and runners on base, Escobar nailed a screaming line drive right at the Stealth third baseman, who snagged the ball and quickly threw to second to double off the runner.
The Fever was finally able to break through against Stealth starter McBride before time expired in the top of the sixth. Victoria Belloc hit a one-out single and moved up when an errant pitch hit Marian Ruf. After fielder’s choice forced out Belloc at third, but pinch runner Brit Medina scored on a single by Cait Evrons.
After Linsy Townsend walked to load the bases, McBride gained a strikeout to end the game.
The young fireballer allowed one run on five hits over six innings. She struck out four and walked two.
Belloc was perfect at the plate for the Fever, going 3-for-3.