Prep softball: Monster weekend continues on local fields

Softball took over the town Friday as teams from all over Utah and Nevada descended on the various local softball venues, St. George, Utah, Mar. 11, 2016 | Photo by Shelly Griffin, special to St. George News

ST. GEORGE — Finding an empty softball field in St. George this weekend is about as likely finding a snowball in Phoenix in July. Dozens of teams from Utah and Nevada filled virtually every softball field in the county as coaches took advantage of the stellar weather to get their players ready for the season.

Our photo gallery is a sampling of some of the action and scenes from the local ball fields.

Five teams from Region 9 saw action Friday and will continue Saturday. Below are the results of the teams that reported their team’s games:

Pleasant Grove 16, Dixie 5 (5 innings)
Corner Canyon 12, Dixie 2 (5 innings)

The Lady Flyers were 10-runned by two larger schools to fall to 0-3 in the early season.

dixie-logo“We are very inexperienced,” said Dixie head coach Dave Demas. “But we are getting that experience quickly playing schools from upper divisions. We are improving.”

Dixie coach Dave Demas works with Hannah Nyberg before their games Friday at DHS, St. George, Utah, Mar. 11, 2016 | Photo by Shelly Griffin, special to St. George News
Dixie coach Dave Demas works with Hannah Nyberg before their games Friday at DHS, St. George, Utah, Mar. 11, 2016 | Photo by Shelly Griffin, special to St. George News

While Dixie is experiencing some growing pains, Demas was also quick to point out that the top of his lineup, where his batters have the most experience, are producing.

“Our top four batters, Mickell Chivester, Jada Phipps, Camryn Jones and Tanner Western are all batting well,” he said. “I have confidence that the girls behind them will keep improving.”

The Flyers will play Oak Christian out of California Saturday at 12:30 p.m. Their later game against North Sanpete begins at 4:30 p.m.

Union 8, Cedar 4
Cedar 12, Roy 2 (5 innings)
Cedar 14, Timpview 7 (5 innings)

Despite home runs from Dream Weaver and Hannah Williams, the Lady Reds fell in the early game to Union.

cedar-logo“We struggled through the morning game,” said Cedar head coach Chris Weaver. “But we ironed some kinks out and played better in the later games.”

Against Roy, the Lady Reds played much better, led by Williams going 3 for 4 at the plate. They continued their good play against Timpview.

Shaun Bauman’s hit in the fifth plated the 14th run to end the game. Sage Oldroyd got two wins on the mound.

“Sage is a strong performer,” said Coach Weaver. “She is very mentally tough which is what we need in the early season. We have a lot to improve. But our girls are like sponges and soak up every bit of information we give them. They work hard and we could not be happier.”

The Lady Reds improve to 2-2. They continue their season at Panguitch on Tuesday. Game time is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.

Snow Canyon 13, Northridge 1 (5 innings)
Snow Canyon 9, Syracuse 9

The Lady Warriors 10-runned visiting Northridge out of Layton. Seven different players had multiple hits as Heather Prestwich got her second win of the season. Prestwich got plenty of help at the plate early as the Snow Canyon bats put up eight runs in the second inning.

snow-canyon-logoIt was a different story in the second game. Syracuse put seven runs on the board over the first four innings before the Lady Warriors could get any offense brewing. SCHS put up five runs in the bottom of the fourth to pull within two. Syracuse answered with two more runs in the top half of the fifth to go up 9-5.

After a scoreless fifth, the Lady Warriors were able to put up two runs in both the sixth and seventh inning. Camryn Johnson’s two-run shot in the bottom of the seventh secured the tie, but the Lady Warriors could not get any more runs across.

The Lady Warriors move to 2-0-1. They will play Payson Saturday at 9 a.m. That game will be followed up with a 1:30 p.m. game against Hunter.

Desert Hills 7, North Sanpete 1
Stansbury 9, Desert Hills 3

The Lady Thunder recorded their first win of the season with an early morning decision over North Sanpete.

desert-hills-logoBoth teams got one run up in the first and entered the fourth inning still tied. Desert Hills then plated six runs over the next three innings. Recording multiple hit games were Shelby Reynolds, Sophie Wilcox and Kodi Salisbury. Brianne St. Clair pitched a complete game and recorded six strikeouts.

In game two after a scoreless couple of innings, Stansbury jumped out to a 6-1 lead after five innings. The Lady Thunder pulled to within 7-3 after six before Stansbury tacked on two more in the seventh. Thunder catcher Morgynn Rosemyer had a double and RBI. Kailee Milne had multiple hits going 2 for 3.

Saturday, Desert Hills (1-2) will play Olympus at 8:30 a.m. The Thunder will host Pleasant Grove in a 4:30 p.m. game.

With the huge Warm-Up and Sunroc Invitational tournaments in town, we put together this photo gallery from Friday’s action:

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