Region 9 softball: Warriors hold onto first place with narrow win over Pine View

ST. GEORGE — Snow Canyon’s first six region wins have been blowouts, five of them ending early via the 10-run mercy rule.

snow-canyon-smPine-view-smBut Wednesday afternoon, the Lady Warriors faced a Pine View team that had given them their only loss of the season. And though SC did get the win, the Panthers proved to be all the Warriors could handle. Snow Canyon came away with a 5-4 10-inning victory behind the heroics of Heather Prestwich and Sonya Hardy.

Prestwich pitched all 10 innings, striking out 10 batters and allowing just five hits. She got a big strikeout in the ninth with two runners on base to preserve the tie. In the 10th, Pine View’s Madi Green knocked home the go-ahead run on a groundout to short.

Needing one to tie and two to win, SC’s Mada Mooring singled home Katelyn Flowers with one out. Mooring then stole second base and moved to third on a fielder’s choice. Hardy came to the plate and ripped a ground ball to the hole on the left side. The ball was fielded, but the throw had no chance to get the speedy Hardy or Mooring rushing home from third.

Sonya Hardy, file photo from Dixie vs. Snow Canyon, Softball, St. George, Utah, Mar. 27, 2015 | Photo by Robert Hoppie,, St. George News
Sonya Hardy, file photo from Dixie vs. Snow Canyon, Softball, St. George, Utah, Mar. 27, 2015 | Photo by Robert Hoppie,, St. George News

It was Hardy’s second hit and second RBI of the game. Mooring also had a pair of hits as the Warriors improved to 12-1 overall and 7-1 in region play.

Jordan Gosik was the hard-luck loser for the Panthers, pitching nine and two-thirds innings and allowing just two earned runs. Green had two hits and Kamree Becker had a pair of RBIs as Pine View dropped to 7-10 overall and 4-4 in region play.

The Panthers beat Snow Canyon 8-7 back on Mar. 20 by scoring three runs in the bottom of the seventh.

SC, a game and a half ahead of both Cedar and Canyon View in the region standings, will host the Lady reds Friday afternoon at 4. Pine View, in fourth place a game ahead of Desert Hills, plays at the Thunder Friday afternoon.

Wednesday’s game was a make-up for Tuesday’s postponement. The game was rescheduled due to a scheduling error between Snow Canyon and the umpires association.

Stats: pvscsb41515

Desert Hills 10, Hurricane 6 (Tuesday)

The Lady Tigers have yet to win a region game, but Tuesday they had the Lady Thunder right where they wanted them.

Desert-Hills-smhurricane-smHurricane started the game with a four-run rally in the first inning and still held a 6-2 edge after three. But Desert Hills scored eight unanswered runs, including a six-spot in the fourth, to record the road win.

Shelby Reynolds had two hits and four runs batted in for DH, while Mica Betts, Megan Wiscombe and Ashlee File scored two runs each for the Thunder. Sophie Wilcox got the win in the circle for Desert Hills.

The Thunder, 7-15 overall and 3-5 in region, are chasing Pine View for that fourth playoff spot in the region. The two teams meet Friday at D-Hills.

The Tigers, 7-12 and 0-8, are off Friday and will try again for their first win Tuesday at Pine View.

Stats: dhhur41515

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