They thought they had played their last softball game wearing Mountain Pointe colors.
Then, Arielle Cano and Sienna Martinez had to retrieve their uniforms for one more game.
Cano and Martinez were named to the 5A-I senior North All-Star team last week at Gilbert Mesquite High School.
“I didn’t know anything about it,” Martinez said after her team beat the South All-Stars, 6-4, in extra innings.
And it’s no wonder the Pride teammates were unfamiliar with post-season All-Star games. They were the first Mountain Pointe players to be selected for the game since 2004 when Pride teammates Kari Quinn and Val Villea made the team.
“It was pretty exciting,” Martinez said. “What a way to go out.”
She has had some exciting moments during her senior season at Mountain Pointe. Martinez was on the Pride badminton team that finished second in the state 5A-I tournament and shared the individual doubles title with softball teammate, Holly Phillips last fall.
“It’s been a really good year,” she added.
But after playing softball in school and club year-round since her middle school days she said she is going to take a break before joining her new team at Chandler-Gilbert Community College.
“I’m going to keep working on my own, throwing, hitting and running, but I’m going to take some time off to do other things before I start college.”
Mountain Pointe made the state 5A-I softball playoffs as the No. 11 seed this season after finishing 1-17 in 2009.
Martinez and Cano learned they would have a final opportunity to play together one more time two weeks after they were eliminated in this year’s playoffs.
“We didn’t know what to expect,” said Cano, who will continue her softball career at Phoenix College next season. “We had one practice the morning before the game.”
Although Cano also plays club softball, she said she didn’t know any of her teammates on the All-Star team.
She also had to adjust to playing in the outfield for a couple of innings due to the game format of shifting players to different positions.
“I had always been an infielder in high school so playing in the outfield was different,” Cano said.
She plans to continue to play club ball through the summer before she reports to Phoenix College.
“But I’m just going to play in local tournaments now,” she said.
Martinez has also grown up on the infield dirt, but made the transition to the grass.
“I had played some outfield in club but not in high school,” she said. “But that was a lot of fun, and I’m glad we had a chance to do it even though we didn’t know we’d be playing after we graduated.”