ST. GEORGE – Round 3 of the Region 9 softball wars took place Friday afternoon, with Snow Canyon and Cedar staying spotless, and Desert Hills squeaking its second region win in three tries. Here’s a look at the action:
Snow Canyon 4, Pine View 0
Lady Warrior pitcher Heather Prestwich held Pine View scoreless in a complete, two-hit game, striking out 10 batters. The score was only separated by one run through the first four innings before Snow Canyon added one run in each of the final three innings.
The Warriors, defending region champs, have allowed just one run in three region games this season, all wins. SC went 10-2 last year in Region 9.
Prestwich, who was 9-3 last season in the circle, improves to 8-0 this year for a 17-3 overall varsity record.
Snow Canyon moves to 8-0-1 overall and 3-0 in Region 9. The Warriors will host Desert Hills on Tuesday. The Panthers have dropped three straight after winning five in a row. The loss drops them to 6-6 and 1-2 in region play. They will host Hurricane on Tuesday. Game times are set for 4 p.m.
Desert Hills 4, Dixie 3
With one out in the seventh and the score tied 3-3, Kodi Salisbury stepped to the plate. Desert Hills had runners in scoring position on second and third. Salisbury watched one pitch go by for ball one on the outside. The next pitch hit the outside corner, but was just enough for her to grab it and send it through the right side for the base hit.
Salisbury got her second game-winning RBI in two games. She hit the game-winning home run against Hurricane on Wednesday.
“It was a pitching mistake,” said Dixie head coach Dave Demas. “We did not want to give her anything good to hit with first base open. The first pitch was where we wanted it. But the next one hit that outside corner.”
“My coaches told me to hit a ground ball to the right side,” said Salisbury. “When that second pitch came in I knew I could get it there.”
In a tight game throughout, the Lady Thunder struck first. In the bottom of the first, Shelby Reynolds reached safely on a fielding error. The error proved costly as Sophie Wilcox rapped one over the left center wall for a two-run homer.
“I had an earlier called strike,” said Wilcox. “It was on the outside, so I let it go by. Her next pitch was right down the middle. I knew as soon as I hit it that it was gone.”
Dixie answered with one run in the next inning. Tanner Western hit a single to left field. Thunder pitcher Brianna St. Clair struck out the next two batters. Kylie Mills then hit a triple to right center to score Western. The throw to third base went long and Mills raced for home on the miscue. But the throw home was in time and Mills was called out to end the inning. But Dixie had halved the lead 2-1.
The Lady Flyers kept the pressure on in the next inning. Brittany Grob hit a one-out single through the left side to begin things. Mickell Chidester then reached on a throwing error, ending up at second base. With runners on second and third, Kamryn Jones hit a grounder to pitcher St. Clair, who checked the runners and threw Jones out at first. However, a throwing error from first allowed both runners to score. The next batter fouled out to the catcher, but the damage had been done and the Lady Flyers had their first lead, 3-2.
In the bottom of the fifth, the Lady Thunder tied up the game. With one out, Shelby Reynolds singled up the middle. Wilcox was hit by a pitch to put runners at first and second. Salisbury hit a single to right field to score Reynolds. The Flyers left fielder Chidester made one of several good catches to end the inning. The Thunder had caught up 3-3 to set up Salisbury’s game winning single in the seventh.
“Dixie played very well,” said Desert Hills head coach Brady Fonnesbeck. “They are well coached and played our hitters well. Our girls persevered and came back.”
St. Clair got the win. She pitched a complete game, scattered four hits and struck out 10. Mills took the loss for Dixie, pitching a complete game, striking out three and allowing nine hits.
Desert Hills moves to 12-3 overall, 2-1 in Region 9. The Thunder will play at Snow Canyon on Tuesday. Dixie falls to 0-3 in region, 2-13 overall and will play at Cedar on Tuesday. Game times for both games is 4 p.m.
Cedar 9, Hurricane 3
The Lady Reds stayed undefeated in region with a convincing victory over Hurricane. Reagan Urquidez and Dream Weaver led Cedar with multiple hits and a total of 11 hits for the team. Cedar jumped on top of Hurricane early taking a 6-2 lead in the first inning.
Bryton Holyoak got the win from the circle for the Lady Reds. Cedar wins its fifth in a row to improve to 7-4 overall, 3-0 in region. Cedar will host Dixie on Tuesday. Hurricane falls to 7-7 and 0-3 in Region 9. The Tigers will travel to Pine View on Tuesday. Both games are scheduled for 4 p.m.
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