The Firebirds traveled down south to Tucson for their 4th game of the week, losing to the Canyon Del Oro Dorados 6-13 in an offensive battle.
In the top of the first, Mia Rushton (So.) started things off with a walk, advancing to third on back-to-back singles from Haley Boxwell (Jr.) and Maggie Thurston (Sr.). With bases loaded, Rushton then scored on a balk from the pitcher advancing courtesy runner Amber Schweigert (Fr.) to third and Thurston to second. Lauren Werning (So.) then walked, loading the bases for Callie Honig (Fr.) who hit a hard ground ball to second base forcing Schweigert out at home. With the bases loaded and one out, Allie Van Hoveln (So.) then hit another ground ball to second, scoring Thurston but getting thrown out at first on the play. Madisyn Matello (Sr.) then struck out for the third out of the inning, but the Birds led 2-0 with the bottom of the first coming up for the Dorados. Hannah Ross (Jr.) started on the mound for the Birds, and Canyon Del Oro didn’t let Chaparral hold the lead for long, scoring 2 runs on 2 hits. Hope Banales (Jr.) started things off with a double for the Dorados and advanced to third on a past ball. Ross then forced a pop-up from Anya Gonzalez (Sr.) but gave up an infield single to Ellessa Bonstrom (Sr.). Bonstrom then advanced to second on an intentional walk for Alexis Kaiser (Sr.) to load the bases, and a sacrifice fly from Kaylani Felix (Sr.) scored Banales while advancing Bonstrom to third. A balk by Ross then scored Bonstrom, but Ross quickly ended the inning forcing a line out to Lauren Werning (So.) from Katie Stracco (So.).
With things tied up at 2-2, the Birds went quiet on offense, having a 3-up-3-down inning, while the Dorados broke things open in the bottom of the 2nd inning. Miia Campos (Fr.) led things off for the Dorados with a single to left field, advancing to third on a single with an error on a shot to right field by Amya Legarra (So.). The Birds then made a pitching change to Maggie Thurston, but Campos scored on a past ball while Legarra advanced to second. Thurston then walked Mikayla Santa Cruz to put runners on first and second with no outs. Legarra and Santa Cruz then advanced to second and third on a wild pitch, and a single to left field from Banales scored Legarra and put Santa Cruz on third with Banales ending up on second on the throw home. Thurston then struck out Anya Gonzalez (Sr.) for the first out then walked Bonstrom to load the bases. Kaiser then hit a single to left field, scoring Santa Cruz and advancing Banales and Bonstrom, loading the bases again. Thurston then struck out Felix for the second out but gave up a single to Halle Morris (Jr.) while allowing Banales and Bonstrom to score. Thurston stopped the Doroados there, striking out Campos for the third out.
At the top of the 3rd, Chaparral was now down 2-7. Maggie Thurston reached first on a double to left center, and courtesy runner Katie Humburg (So.) scored on a single by Callie Honig. The Birds defense held firm in the bottom of the third with Thurston forcing a ground out to Honig at shortstop and a fly out to Maddie Myers (So.) in right field. Thurston then gave up a single to Banales, but Thurston forced another ground out to Van Hoveln at third for the third out.
With Chaparral still down 3-7, the Dorados shut down the offense getting a 3-up-3-down inning with two ground outs from Matello and Worth, as well as a strikeout from Myers. In the bottom of the 4th, Dorado added 3 runs on 5 hits. Bonstrom started off the inning with a solo homerun to right field. Chaparral then intentionally walked Kaiser again to put her on first, but Felix and Morris loaded the bases with back to back singles. Sabrina Garcia (So.) then hit a ground ball to first base, but Lauren Werning then threw courtesy runner Kristina Kish (Sr.) out at home. With the bases still loaded and one out, Legarra and Santa Cruz hit back-to-back singles, scroing both Felix and Morris. Thurston then struck out both Banales and Gonzalez for the second and third out.
In the top of the 5th, Chaparral added one run on a solo homerun from Boxwell but was unable to push any more across with Dorado still leading. Chaparral then made a pitching change, putting Hannah Ross back on the mound in the bottom of the 5th. Bonstrom hit her second homerun of the game to start things off, but Ross shut down the rest of the inning forcing two ground outs from Kaiser and Felix. Ross nearly gave up a double to Morris, but a bullet throw from Myers in right field caught Morris trying to take second.
Chaparral then added 2 more in the top of the 6th to bring the game closer at 6-11. Allie Van Hoveln reached base on a walk, and a single from Katie Humburg advanced her to second. Van Hoveln then scored on a single to right field by Maddie Myers, and Humburg scored on another single by Rushton. In the bottom of the 6th, Canyon Del Oro then added another 2 runs on 2 hits to put the game out of reach. Chaparral got the first two outs quickly, but a walk by Santa Cruz, a single by Banales, and a double by Gonzalez scored two. After intentionally walking Bonstrom and walking Kaiser, Ross ended the inning with a strikeout.
In the top of the 7th inning, Chaparral was down 6-13 but was unable to overcome the deficit. With two outs, Callie Honig reached first on an error, but a line out by Van Hoveln to right field ended the game, handing Chaparral their second loss of the week at 6-13.