Sports Commentator Patrick Blake is host of Blake’s Take, airing weekdays from 5-6 p.m. on KZNU Sports Radio Southern Utah Sports Network – 93.1 FM 1450 AM – with live stream online at http://www.KZNUsports.com.
ST. GEORGE – The 3A state softball tournament is a little different from the baseball state tournament. In baseball you play two games the first day of the state tournament, in softball if you win your first game, you’re done for the day and advance to Thursday. But if you lose you have to play the opening round of the consolation bracket that day.
Of the four Region 9 teams that made it to the 3A state softball tournament three still remain. All three are still in the winners’ bracket.
The Cedar Lady Reds won their first round game in dominating fashion 16-0 over Union. The Lady Reds advance to take on Tooele who beat Juab 7-0 in the first round. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m. at the Valley Complex in Salt Lake.
The Snow Canyon Lady Warriors advanced to the second round after a first round upset of Region 10 No. 1 seed Wasatch 13-6. The Lady Warriors play Grantsville who beat Payson 12-4 in the first round. First pitch is set for 2 p.m. at the Valley Complex in Salt Lake City.
The final Region 9 team remaining in the state tournament is the Canyon View Lady Falcons, who beat Uintah 8-7 in the first round. The Lady Falcons take on the top seed out of Region 11, Bear River, who beat North Sanpete 2-0 in the first round. Bear River and the Lady Falcons take the field at the Valley Complex in Salt Lake City; first pitch is also at 2 p.m.
The other quarterfinal matchup in the winners’ bracket has Juan Diego taking on Spanish Fork. Juan Diego beat Pine View in the first round 5-4 while Spanish Fork crushed Stansbury 9-0. The Juan Diego vs. Spanish Fork game is also at the Valley Complex in Salt Lake City and will start at 2 p.m.
The Pine View Lady Panthers, who lost to Juan Diego, went down to the consolation bracket where Stansbury sent the team packing 11-1. The Lady Panthers end their season at 12-12 on the season.
Again different from the baseball tournament, softball winners’ bracket teams that lose the 2 p.m. games will have to play again at 4 p.m. against teams in the consolation bracket.
So, the winner of the Lady Reds vs. Tooele will advance to play the winner of the Lady Warriors vs. Grantsville. The loser from the Lady Reds vs. Tooele will play Uintah in the consolation bracket second round at 4 p.m. at the Valley Complex in Salt Lake City.
The loser of the Lady Warriors vs. Grantsville game will play Stansbury in the consolation bracket second round at 4 p.m. at the Valley Complex in Salt Lake City.
Wasatch awaits the loser of the Juan Diego vs. Spanish Fork game while Juab will play the loser of the Lady Falcons vs. Bear River game. Both consolation games will be at 4 p.m. at the Valley Complex in Salt Lake.
The semifinals in the winner’s bracket and third round of the consolation bracket start Friday at noon.
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