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Pusch Ridge squad's record stands at 77-3 over last 3 seasons

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Posted: Tuesday, August 12, 2008 11:00 pm | Updated: 8:03 am, Thu Mar 24, 2011.

Game by game, Pusch Ridge continues to close in on the Junior Softball Little League World Series title.

As of Monday night, the girls had won their first two games of pool play in Kirkland, Wash.

Sunday’s victory over East Greensburg, Pa., offered a 3-2 squeaker — while Monday’s 14-0 stomp of the Netherlands team reflected Pusch Ridge’s typical margins.

Third-baseman Sarah Rodriguez tallied four base hits during Monday’s victory, and threw one inning of relief for hurler Makayla McAdams.

“Our bats have been alive, and our defense has been pretty solid,” Sarah Rodriguez said last week. “So we just work with that, and work as a team.”

Pitcher Kayla Bonstrom earned Sunday’s win, yet coach Rob Wenzel credited Pennsylvania’s fight.

“Their pitcher threw harder than ours,” Wenzel said. “But Kayla, with her experience, just got it done.”

Pusch Ridge’s World Series bid came after they beat Sunnyside in the Western Regional tournament, during an all-Tucson final that ended 13-2. The squad outscored foes 63-6 during the six-game series.

Bonstrom threw five complete innings during the final win in Tucson, last Wednesday.

“I think we’ve bonded well together as a team, which made us stronger,” Bonstrom said last week. “That’s what’s going to help us down the line.

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Tuesday, September 30

Boys Golf (3 p.m.)

Mountain View at Haven Golf Course

Ironwood Ridge, Buena, Catalina at Rincon (Dell Urich)

Girls Volleyball (4, 5, 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Marana at CDO

Maricopa at Mountain View

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Poston Butte at Catalina Foothills

San Miguel at Pusch Ridge

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Wednesday, October 1

Girls Golf (3 p.m.)

Mountain View vs. Ironwood Ridge (Omnu Tucson National)

CDO, Sunnyside at Flowing Wells (Silverbell)

Sabino at Catalina Foothills

Cross Country (4:30 p.m.)

Ironwood Ridge, Sahuarita at Flowing Wells (Columbus Park)

Marana, St. Gregory at Catalina Foothills

Girls Volleyball (4, 5, 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

CDO at Ironwood Ridge

Freshman Football (6 p.m.)

Mountain View at Salpointe

Catalina Foothills at CDO

JV Football (6.p.m.)

Marana at Maricopa

Salpointe at Mountain View

CDO at Catalina Foothills

Thursday, October 2

Swimming (4 p.m.)

Mountain View, St. Gregory’s, Pusch Ridge at Marana

Girls Volleyball (4, 5, 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Mountain View at Poston Butte

Catalina Foothills at Flowing Wells

Pusch Ridge at Willcox

Varsity Football (7p.m.)

Maricopa at Marana

Mountain View at Salpointe

Catalina Foothills @ CDO

Ironwood Ridge at Rincon

Friday, October 3

Boys Golf (all day)

CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Santa Rita/Flowing Wells Invitational

Girls Vollyeball (all day)

CDO, Catalina Foothills at Falcon Invitational

Cross Country

Catalina Foothills, CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Desert Twilight Festival

Varsity Footbal (7 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge at San Tan Valley

Saturday, October 4

Boys Golf (all day)

CDO at Santa Rita/Flowing Wells Invitational

Swimming (all day)

Catalina Foothills, CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Brophy/Xavier Swim Invitational

Girls Volleyball (4 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge at Desert Christian

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