Napa girls rally past Casa

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The Casa Grande High School softball team let a Vine Valley Athletic League game slip away Thursday afternoon when the Gauchos were beaten by Napa, 12-8.

The Gauchos built a 7-2 lead through the first four innings, before the Grizzlies battled back, finishing off the win with seven runs in the seventh inning.

Casa hit well, collecting 10 safeties, led by Sam Dedrickson’s 3-for-4 performance that included a double. Ava Luiz and Skylar Thorpe each had two hits, with each also blasting a double and driving in two runs. Cathy Newburn belted two home runs and had three hits for the Grizzlies, while Grace Guzman and Halee Giarritta each contributed three hits to Napa’s 14-hit attack.

The win improved Napa’s record to 4-5 and advanced the Grizzlies to 3-2 in league play, just a half step behind league-leading Vintage. Casa Grande is now 5-5 and 2-3 in VVAL action.

Casa Grande also suffered a 6-3 non-league loss to Montgomery last week.

Montgomery out-hit the visiting Gauchos, 10-4, but Casa still had the game tied at 3-3 before Montgomery went ahead with a run in the last of the fifth, and added a pair of insurance runs in the sixth.

Ashley Cooper, Mo Lynch, Ava Luiz and Presley Ruoff had hits for Casa Grande.

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