IP-Superstition Holds Off Mission Heights
By Daniel Dullum
It’s not always textbook softball for the fledgling Imagine Prep-Superstition program, but the Lady Panthers are 4-3 in their first five games.
“It gives us more confidence for our next games,” Lady Panthers pitcher Jayla Noble said.
IPS saw its three-game winning streak snapped on March 28 when they were defeated 15-8 by Phoenix Paradise Valley Christian Academy. Two days earlier, the Lady Panthers held off Casa Grande Mission Heights Prep 8-6 at Prospector Park.
“There’s still things to work on, but getting the win is the bottom line,” IPS Coach Joe Bachmann said. “(Mission Heights) kept coming back, coming at us. I didn’t think they had the same ammo that we did, but they only came up short in one inning. We made the most of the baserunners we had.”
“It was good to come back, but we’ll see them again, and I suspect they’ll give us another good game.”
Litzy Vega delivered the go-ahead hit for Imagine Prep in the fourth inning.
“Once I got into position, I knew it was a good pitch and I needed to swing at it,” Vega said. “The adrenaline really hit. It was really exciting, actually.”
Lady Panthers pitcher Jayla Noble struck out seven Mission Heights Phantoms for her third win of the season.
“I was trying my best to beat (Mission Heights). It was a tough game, but we got through it,” Jayla Noble said. “I was just trying to strikes as much as I could. In the last inning, it was just throwing strikes and getting it done. It wasn’t an easy game.”
Noting a willingness of the players to take ownership of their early success, Bachmann said, “I’m glad to see that. It’s all part of the learning process.”
The Lady Panthers are in fourth place in the Division II, Region 1 standings. IPS hosts first-place American Leadership Academy-Gilbert (7-2) on Wednesday at Prospector Park.
Photo above: Jorian Foley (1) of Imagine Prep-Superstition is ready to advance on the basepaths in the Lady Panthers’ game against Casa Grande Mission Heights on March 26 at Prospector Park. (Photo by Daniel Dullum)