TEMPE, Ariz. - For the first time in school history, the Yuma Catholic Shamrocks softball team makes an appearance in the state championship game; in this case for the 3A title.
Under second year head coach Madison Miller, the Shamrocks have made back-to-back deep playoff pushes (both of them further than the program had previously made before all-time).
The Rocks looked like they were in great position to take the school's first state title in softball; thanks to a rally win over Page in the first round, another late win over Snowflake in the quarterfinals and a shutout performance over Sabino in the semifinal round.
YC only had to get by the Cinderella Empire Ravens team that put everyone on notice, when they knocked out overall tournament favorite River Valley in the previous round.
At first, the Rocks looked like the team that would take care of business, as they drew first blood in scoring the game's first run in the bottom of the 2nd.
Almost immediately after that, the Ravens responded by putting up four runs in the top half of the 3rd and then putting up another six runs combined in the 6th and 7th innnings.
As the Rocks have done before, they would attempt to rally late. But they could only eek out a single run in the bottom of the 7th to fall way short in a 10-2 loss; a tough ending in what has otherwise been a dream season for YC softball.