Prep softball: Excellent pitching sparks two one-run contests

Desert Hills celebrates Shelby Reynolds (10) sixth inning home run, Snow Canyon vs. Desert Hills, Softball, St. George, Utah, Apr. 4, 2016, | Photo by Robert Hoppie, ASPpix.com, St. George News

ST. GEORGE – Desert Hills dealt Snow Canyon its first loss of the season. Savannah Garner pitched a no-hitter for Hurricane — in a loss. And Cedar grabbed sole possession of first place by staying undefeated in region play. Below are summaries of Tuesday’s games:

Desert Hills 1, Snow Canyon 0

The matchup between undefeated Snow Canyon and up-and-comer Desert Hills promised to be a good one between two of the best pitchers in the state and two lineups full of good hitters. On this day, the pitching duel dominated. It was rare for either team to get runners in scoring position and when they did, the opposing pitcher would get her team out of the inning.

desert-hills-logosnow-canyon-logoIf the pitching duel were a staring match, then it was the top of the sixth when Snow Canyon’s Heather Prestwich blinked. Taking Desert Hills’ Shelby Reynolds to a 1-2 count, Prestwich threw a pitch that was outside. “I had watched an earlier pitch go by,” said Reynolds. “The one I hit was a bit outside but I got a good swing on it. I knew as soon as I hit it that it was gone.”

Desert Hills' Shelby Reynolds (10) launches a sixth inning home run that would be the game winner, Snow Canyon vs. Desert Hills, Softball, St. George, Utah, Apr. 4, 2016, | Photo by Robert Hoppie, ASPpix.com, St. George News
Desert Hills’ Shelby Reynolds (10) launches a sixth inning home run that would be the game winner, Snow Canyon vs. Desert Hills, Softball, St. George, Utah, Apr. 4, 2016, | Photo by Robert Hoppie, ASPpix.com, St. George News

The solo shot was the only time that either team would get a runner across home plate. Both pitchers hurled complete games. Prestwich suffered her first loss of the season. She struck out six and scattered four hits in seven innings. Brianna St. Clair struck out eight to get the win. She also only allowed four hits in seven innings.

“Brianna pitched extremely well,” said Desert Hills head coach Brady Fonnesbeck. “When they did make contact with the ball, it rarely went to the outfield. Our defense played well backing her up.”

“It is not often you get a 1-0 game in high school softball,” said Snow Canyon head coach Tracee Heaton. “Two good teams played well today. Competition like this prepares us for postseason play.”

The Lady Thunder move to 13-3 overall, 3-1 in Region 9. They will host Pine View on Tuesday, Apr. 12. Game time is scheduled for 4 p.m. Snow Canyon moves to 9-1-1 overall and 3-1 in region play. The Warriors will host first place Cedar on Tuesday, Apr. 12.

Cedar 8, Dixie 4

Cedar grabbed sole possession of first place in the region with Snow Canyon’s loss. The Lady Reds have now won six in a row. Bryton Holyoak pitched a complete game, allowing four runs on 10 hits. Johnson and Dream Weaver both hit home runs in the contest. Abby Anderson had three RBIs. “We got a lot of production from Abby,” said Cedar head coach Chris Weaver. “She was hitting from the ninth spot.”

cedar-logodixie-logoFor Dixie, Hannah Nyberg, Tanner Western and Jessica Watkins all had two hits apiece. The Lady Flyers stranded eight runners. “We could not produce the big hit,” said Dixie head coach Dave Demas. “Defensively, we were able to get out of some tight spots with double plays.”

Cedar will travel to Canyon View Thursday before traveling to Snow Canyon for the next region game on Tuesday. The Lady Reds move to 8-4 and 4-0 in Region 9. The Lady Flyers move to 2-14 overall, 0-4 in region play. They will host Hurricane on Apr. 12. Game time is scheduled for 4 p.m.

Pine View 1, Hurricane 0

It is not often that you pitch a no-hitter and still lose, but that was the scenario for Hurricane’s Savannah Garner. It took extra innings, but Pine View eventually prevailed in another defensive battle in Region 9.

pine-view-logohurricane-logoNeither team could get base runners. Pine View’s Addi Horspool only allowed two hits (both in the seventh inning) in eight innings. She struck out 11 and gave up only two walks to get the win. Garner struck out seven and walked four.

In the extra inning, both teams started with a runner on second base. Hurricane could not get their runner across. Hannah James started on second for the Lady Panthers in the bottom of the eighth. Ashlyn Gubler bunted and reached on a throwing error to advance James to third. Hurricane then intentionally walked Kamree Becker with one out. James then scored on a passed ball.

With the win, Pine View moves to 7-6 overall and 2-2 in Region 9. The Lady Panthers will travel to Desert Hills on Apr. 12. Hurricane falls to 7-8 overall and 0-4 in region. The Tigers will host Enterprise Wednesday and travel to Richfield on Thursday. They will resume region play next Tuesday when they travel to Dixie. All games are scheduled for 4 p.m.

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