ST. GEORGE — Kirsten Anderson says she can’t remember the last time she threw a no-hitter. Maybe she never had, until Thursday. Now she can cross it off her bucket list as the Pine View senior baffled Payson en route to a nearly perfect game.
Anderson walked two and allowed no hits in helping Pine View survive its second loser-out game 5-0 over Payson Thursday at the 3A State Tournament at Little Valley.
“All my pitches were working today, especially my rise ball,” Anderson said after the masterpiece. “I don’t remember the last time I had a no-hitter. But I know this: My teammates had my back. They made all the plays.”
She’s right on that as the Lady Panthers committed no errors and made Payson pay for every ball hit. PV coach Randy Green said his team didn’t make any spectacular plays, but they made all the routine plays.
“That’s how you win games,” he said. “Kirsten was really hitting her spots and the defense was solid behind her.”
Anderson struck out five, induced 12 ground-outs, forced two pop-ups and allowed to soft infield line drives. The Pine View outfielders must have grown bored as amazingly not a single batted ball made it out of the infield in fair territory for Payson.
Meanwhile, the Lady Panthers grabbed an early lead with Maddee Green scoring on a wild pitch in the first inning. In the fifth, Pine View put the game away with a four-run rally. Green knocked home a run and then Keltie Shelley followed three batters later with a line shot home run to make it 5-0, more than enough for the untouchable Anderson.
“It’s our seniors, they’re not ready for the season to end yet,” Randy Green said. “They don’t want it to be over, so they’re going to battle.”
Pine View could potentially have three games Friday if it can keep winning. The first one is at 10 a.m. against Uintah. A win there would put the Panthers in a 12:15 game against the loser of Canyon View and Bear River. Another win would put PV in a 5:30 game. Any loss would end PV’s season.
Stansbury 9, Uintah 0
The Lady Stallions cruised to an easy win on Thursday afternoon and will play a winners bracket game Friday vs. Snow Canyon.
Canyon View 8, Spanish Fork 6
The Lady Dons were cruising along with a 6-1 lead heading into the seventh when Canyon View exploded for seven runs. Josie Platt led the charge offensively and also got the win in the circle for the Lady Falcons.
Bear River 10, Juan Diego 3
The Lady Bears pulled away late in the game to knock Juan Diego into the one-loss bracket.
Spanish Fork 6, Juab 5
SF stayed alive and will face Tooele in an elimination game at 10 a.m. Friday.
Tooele 6, Juan Diego 3
The Lady Buffaloes stayed alive and will face Spanish Fork in an elimination game at 10 a.m. Friday.
Uintah 10, Grantsville 9
The Lady Utes stayed alive and will face Pine View in an elimination game at 10 a.m. Friday.
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