ST. GEORGE – Succeeding in sports takes effort, skill and heart. And sometimes motivation is the biggest key of all.
Pine View has lost to first-place Snow Canyon twice this year and both times the Lady Panthers have responded with winning streaks and quality softball. Tuesday afternoon Pine View blasted Desert Hills 12-2 in a 10-run mercy-rule shortened game.
“I think we were really disappointed at our showing against Snow Canyon,” coach Randy Green said. “We’re a better team than we showed then. Now, I think we’re playing well.”
It was an emotional game as it is the last home game for a handful of Pine View seniors.
“We let that get to us a little,” Green said. “It’s very emotional. It kind of sinks in that this is their last game here.”
The Lady Panthers did settle down and really got the offense going after the first inning. PV scored three in the second inning, two in the third, four in the fourth and Keltee Shelley hit a 3-run home run to invoke the mercy rule in the bottom of the fifth.
“I was actually just trying to get a hit and see if I could hit for the cycle,” Shelley said. “I like inside pitches and I was just able to turn on that one.”
Desert Hills did briefly make a game of it in the top of the fourth inning. With the score 5-0, the Lady Thunder got a pair of base runners on. Tori Lewis knocked one run home and Alexis Hamlin pushed another across to make it 5-2 with one out.
But Pine View ace Kirsten Anderson worked out of the jam with a couple of pop-ups and it was all Pine View after that.
The Lady Panthers have out-scored their last three opponents 32-6 since that loss to Snow Canyon and can clinch second place with a win at Canyon View Friday..
“We are settling in and letting the game come to us,” Green said. “We feel like we’ve put ourselves in a good position, but this is a big one coming up Friday.”
Pine View, 17-3 overall and 7-3 in region, had five extra-base hits in the game, including two by Shelley and Mallory McLellan had her first triple of the season. Anderson improved to 12-3 on the season.
Desert Hills, 1-14 and 0-9, plays Snow Canyon Friday afternoon.
Snow Canyon 11, Cedar 7 (8 innings)
It hasn’t been easy, but that perfect record is still intact as the Lady Warriors slipped past Cedar Tuesday afternoon. With the win, Snow Canyon, 17-0 overall and 10-0 in region, clinched the league title outright.
As usual, Brytni Gurney got the win in the circle and she is the pitcher of record in all 17 wins. But Cedar battled Gurney and the Lady Warriors all afternoon. Gurney gave up 13 hits and Snow Canyon had three errors, allowing four unearned runs.
SC led 2-0 after a pair of runs in the third inning, but Cedar responded with two of its own in the fifth. Again the Warriors took the lead as McKenzie Langston homered and Snow Canyon went up 5-2 in the sixth. But Cedar reeled them back in with three runs in the bottom of that inning to make it 5-5.
It stayed that way until the ninth, when Snow Canyon marched 11 batters to the plate and score six runs. Cedar came back with two of its own , but Gurney worked out of the jam and the Warriors got the win.
Langston had three singles and that home run in the game for four runs batted in. Freshman Natalie Coulum scored twice and knocked in a run herself, while Mitzi Gates and Shelbee Hutchings each had a double.
Cedar, 9-8 and 4-5, is one game ahead of Dixie in the race for the final playoff spot. The two teams square off Friday afternoon at DHS.
Snow Canyon has five road wins already in region this season and plays at seventh-place Desert Hills Friday afternoon.
Canyon View 6, Hurricane 3
The Lady Falcons got the win behind a strong pitching performance from Josie Platt. Jaycee Slack homered and Kenzii Redd doubled twice as the Falcons, 10-9 overall and 6-3 in region, set up a huge game at home against Pine View Friday afternoon. The winner will most likely be the No. 2 seed from the region.
Hurricane, 5-7 and 3-7, need to win out to have a chance at a playoff spot. The Lady Tigers, who got a Tuesday home run from Sydney Anderson, play a non-league game Thursday at Enterprise before a Tuesday match-up at Cedar.
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