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On March 19, the Phoenix baseball and softball teams took on the Lightridge Lightning in an intense double-header. The games ended with the Lightning taking home both wins with scores of 20-1 for softball and 15-0 for baseball.
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Aline Gonzalez
Senior Kyle Woody and sophomore Riya Cheruki pitch for their teams. The game had many ups and downs for both the opponent and the Phoenix, but in the end, the Lightning were able to secure the win for both their softball and baseball teams.

While both softball and baseball have similar goals and concepts, including getting to home base and the various positions played, there are many differences between the two sports. For example, pitching styles differ between the sports. Baseball pitching styles include the overhand, three-quarter, sidearm, and submarine. Softball, on the other hand, has a wider variety of pitches such as two-seam fastball, changeup, curveball, and many more. 

On March 19, the Phoenix softball and baseball teams competed against the Lightridge Lightning, with the Lightning taking home both wins. The softball team fell to the Lightning with a mercy rule of 20-1 and the Lightning baseball team won 15-0. 

Softball

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The softball game started with both teams fighting for the win. The Phoenix girls hustled to keep the Lightning opponents from getting any home runs. However, the pressure of the game can often get in the way of the team dynamic. Senior Bennett Koch says it can be intimidating being on the field in the heat of the game. “It’s scary because everything is on you and these girls come out really strong and know exactly what they’re doing, but you’re just a baby,” Koch said. “You don’t know what you’re doing.” 

Even though the softball game resulted in a loss, freshman pitcher Lily Omo believes the team will get better with practice as the season progresses. “I think it’s about everybody showing up to practice and trying their best,”  Omo said. “I think by the end of the season we’ll have a lot more improvement. We have a lot of new people and it’s hard trying to teach this sport and play against people who have been playing their whole lives.”

Baseball

Like softball, the baseball team didn’t get the results they were looking for out of the game. However, the loss didn’t stop the team from taking it as a lesson. Senior first-baseman Paul Smith found that there are some things that both the team, as well as himself, could improve on. However, Smith likes to focus on went well. “Our pitching is pretty good, we need to keep hitting better and our defense is still consistently pretty good,” Smith said.

Throughout practice every day, the team spends two to three hours with pitching and fielding. They use the rest of their practice for hitting, demonstrating their dependable and persistent skills with batting on home plate at games.

Overall, both teams had good and bad moments throughout both games, but it was the Lightning teams that took home the victories. 

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Aline Gonzalez
Aline Gonzalez, Staff Writer
Aline is a junior at Rock Ridge High School and this is her second year on staff. Aline joined newspaper because she has a deep passion for journalism and plans to pursue a career in this field. Aline also has an interest in the law field and would also like to become a lawyer. Aline has many hobbies ranging from reading, drawing, painting, to playing video games with her friends and family. She likes to play football in her free time with her friends. Aline looks forward to making lots of new friends this year.
Maddie Nyman
Maddie Nyman, Staff Writer
Maddie Nyman is a senior, and this is her second year on The Blaze. She enjoys working on The Blaze because she can focus on one of her favorite things: writing. She is starting her third year of running indoor and outdoor track on the Rock Ridge team, and is co-president of Chapter 9 ¾ of National English Honor Society. When not in school, Maddie enjoys running, reading, watching movies, listening to music, and spending time with friends.  She hopes to continue writing great pieces for The Blaze and make this year the best yet!
Nadia Shirr
Nadia Shirr, Staff Writer
Nadia Shirr is a junior and this is her second year on The Blaze. She joined so she could have a more fun, and chill class. When there's a new event to cover, she likes to write about it so she can give her perspective on the topic. Shirr has also been involved in crew for the last two years. Shirr would like to go out of state for college, but is still undecided as to what she’d like to study.

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