ST. GEORGE – It’s too early in the season to call it a must-win, but Pine View captured an important bounce-back victory Friday afternoon behind the stellar pitching of Kirsten Anderson, 4-0 over Hurricane.
“This was a very important game for us after losing to Snow Canyon Tuesday,” Panthers coach Randy Green said. “We told the girls we want that loss to sting a little, but then to get back to work. We knew we had to get this one today.”
Anderson was spectacular, allowing very few base runners. The one real scoring threat the Lady Tigers had all game was in the sixth. With Pine View ahead 3-0, Andi Behunin led off the inning with a single. After a fly out, Behunin advanced to second on a fielder’s choice, putting her in scoring position with two outs. A single by Mays sent Behunin scurrying around third and headed for home. But Pine View center fielder Madi Green gunned a one-hopper to the plate. Panthers catcher Elaine Asaasa gloved the ball applied the tag in front of the hard slide by Behunin to snuff out the threat and end the half-inning.
“My daughter Madi has been playing well,” coach Green said. “She had a couple of hard doubles and is doing a great job in center.”
The Lady Panthers didn’t blow the Tigers away early. In fact, they started slow, notching a run here and there. But with Anderson on the mound, even a small leads feels comfortable.
“We did start a little slow,” Anderson said. “But I was able to hit my spots and get lucky a little bit. Playing last summer in the ADIDAS Futures tournament has helped my confidence a lot.”
Anderson had a sacrifice fly RBI in the fifth inning and Kayla Hammond had a triple and then scored on a groundout by Asaasa in the sixth.
The Lady Tigers did get a couple of base runners in the seventh, but Anderson struck out Paisley Pearson and forced Cierra Stratton into a ground out to end the game.
The Panthers, 8-1 overall and 1-1 in region play, are home against Dixie next Tuesday, then go to Desert Hills Wednesday afternoon.
The Tigers, 4-1 and 1-1, have just a single game next week, a Wednesday home game vs. Canyon View.
Dixie 14, Desert Hills 4
The Lady Thunder were their own worst enemies, committing six errors and allowing 11 hits. The Lady Flyers pushed home seven runs in the fourth inning to break open a close 6-3 game. Krista DeKorver got the win for Dixie, which improved to 8-3 overall and 1-1 in region play. Dixie next at Pine View on Tuesday.
The Thunder, 1-7 and 0-2, dropped their fifth straight and have been 10-runned in both of their region losses. DH plays at home vs. Pine View Wednesday.
Snow Canyon 5, Canyon View 0
Brytni Gurney allowed just two hits and Skyler Gates hit a home run as Snow Canyon managed to stay undefeated with the road win. Grace Walton doubled and Gurney struck out 10 Lady Falcons in the victory. SC is now 9-0 overall and 2-0 in region play. Canyon View’s Josie Platt took the loss, though she allowed just six hits. The Lady Falcons fell to 2-6 and 0-1. SC is home for Desert Hills Tuesday. CV plays at Cedar Tuesday and at Hurricane Wednesday.
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