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A pitcher who did not feel good pitched lights out. A power hitter who set the table rather than drive in runs. And a cleanup hitter that delivered what her role requires. Perry used those contributions Friday to put a stranglehold on the lead in the 5A East Valley Region softball race by defeating Skyline, 6-0, at Skyline High School.

Saguaro used the return to action of its ace, offensive pressure from the get-go and superior defense to win its 19th consecutive game Thursday in a showdown for first place in the 4A Desert Sky Region. Travis Steinheiser pitched five solid innings and Brandon Demerest, Matt Morris and Ben Tingley cracked long homers as the Sabercats beat host Queen Creek, 12-5.