Prep softball: Warriors stay undefeated with big win over Canyon View

Snow Canyon's Sonya Hardy (21), Snow Canyon vs. Canyon View, Softball, St. George, Utah, Mar. 15, 2016, | Photo by Robert Hoppie, ASPpix.com, St. George News

ST. GEORGE – Big innings have been the big story so far this season for the Snow Canyon softball team. Tuesday afternoon, once again it was a big inning that propelled the Lady Warriors to victory over visiting Canyon View 15-4 at Warrior Field.

snow-canyon-logocanyon-view-logoSnow Canyon has had a few games in this short season where they have put together 5-10 runs to take command. In this meeting between the top two teams from Region 9 a year ago, it was close for awhile, with a big fourth inning changing everything.

Canyon View came out early to take a 4-2 lead off a two-run home run from McKayla Clark in the top of the third inning.

Snow Canyon's  Brittany Reyes (14) slides in to home safely, Snow Canyon vs. Canyon View, Softball, St. George, Utah, Mar. 15, 2016, | Photo by Robert Hoppie, ASPpix.com, St. George News
Snow Canyon’s Brittany Reyes (14) slides in to home safely, Snow Canyon vs. Canyon View, Softball, St. George, Utah, Mar. 15, 2016, | Photo by Robert Hoppie, ASPpix.com, St. George News

“I told our girls we still have a lot of ballgame left,” said Snow Canyon head coach Tracee Heaton. “Even when we were not scoring in the early innings, we were hitting the ball hard. I knew it was only a matter of time before we put some runs up.”

The Lady Warriors got one run in the bottom of the third. Three consecutive singles scored Teegan Trent, who had entered the game as a pinch runner for Taylor Gunn. Natalie Gunn’s shot through the right side scored the speedy Trent to pull the score to 4-3.

It was three-up, three-down with the last out coming on a strikeout by pitcher Heather Prestwich for the Lady Falcon batters in the fourth.

And then the flood gates opened for the Warrior offense.

Warrior second baseman Mada Mooring reached on a throwing error to start things off. Nikenna Durante bunt-sacrificed Mooring to second. Sonya Hardy singled in Mooring. Cammie Johnson and Kaitlyn Flowers hit singles to load the bases. Taylor Gunn reached on a fielding error by the center fielder to score Hardy. Brittany Reyes, Natalie Gunn and Sammi Johnston all singled to bat in a run each. The score had reached 8-4 when Falcon coach Cristy Crane called in Jordan Nielson to relieve starter Taylor Wheelwright.

Snow Canyon's  Sammy Johnston (20), Snow Canyon vs. Canyon View, Softball, St. George, Utah, Mar. 15, 2016, | Photo by Robert Hoppie, ASPpix.com, St. George News
Snow Canyon’s Sammy Johnston (20), Snow Canyon vs. Canyon View, Softball, St. George, Utah, Mar. 15, 2016, | Photo by Robert Hoppie, ASPpix.com, St. George News

Mooring reached again, this time on a fielding error, to score Reyes. Durante then singled to right field to score Natalie Gunn and Johnston. Hardy then singled to score Mooring and moved Durante to third. A wild pitch scored Durante, but Hardy got caught at third base for the second out. After Johnson drew a walk, Canyon View was finally able to get out of the inning when Flowers flew out to second. But the damage was done and the Lady Warriors had put up 10 runs to take a 13-4 lead.

Prestwich retired the three batters she faced in the fifth. “I play with some of these girls in the summer league,” said Prestwich. “It gave me an advantage because I know their weaknesses. I knew if I could place the ball that they would have trouble getting on base.”

Needing only one run to extend the lead to 10 and end the game, Snow Canyon put on its first two batters, Taylor Gunn and Reyes, on consecutive singles to start the inning. Natalie Gunn flew out to right field but moved pinch runner Trent to third base. Coach Heaton then inserted Courtney Averett as a pinch hitter. Averett took the 2-2 pitch and hit a line drive down the first base line for the game-ending triple.

“I was a little nervous,” said Averett. “But I knew if I got it out of the infield that Teegan (Trent) would score.” Both Trent and Reyes crossed the plate before the game was called to get to the 15-4 margin.

“We have really good leadership on our team,” said Heaton. “Even when we are chasing on the scoreboard, our seniors stay positive. With the way we can hit the ball, we know that we can build momentum quickly.”

The win moves Snow Canyon to 5-0-1. Canyon View falls to 3-3. The Lady Warriors will host Richfield this Friday at 3:30 p.m. before beginning Region 9 play next week. Canyon View is at Cedar Thursday afternoon.

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