ST. GEORGE – For the second game in a row, the Snow Canyon Warriors had to rely on pitching and defense to eke out a victory. That win came at the expense of the visiting Lady Reds of Cedar. The win also propelled Snow Canyon into a three-way tie with Cedar and Desert Hills, a 2-0 winner over Pine View Tuesday. Dixie claimed its first victory in region with a win over Hurricane. Below are the game summaries:
Snow Canyon 2, Cedar 0
Bryton Holyoak and Heather Prestwich both threw one-hitters. Both runs scored by Snow Canyon were unearned. Going into the sixth inning, Prestwich had a perfect game. She took Cedar’s Raegan Urquidez to a 3-2 count before hitting her to give Cedar its first base runner of the game.
Later in the inning, Abbi Anderson hit a bunt that got past a charging first baseman for Cedar’s first hit of the game. “I didn’t know that I had a perfect game through five,” said Prestwich. “I focus one batter at a time. I did get nervous when they had runners on second and third in the sixth inning.”
The runners had advanced on a fielder’s choice for the second out. Prestwich then got Dream Weaver to hit a deep fly ball to left field for the final out of the inning. The seventh inning was just like the first five for Prestwich: three up, three down.
The Lady Warriors did not put up the offensive numbers they usually do. Holyoak’s performance shut down Snow Canyon’s hitters. The sole hit came from Mada Mooring in the bottom of fourth inning to left field.
“She walked me my first time up,” said Mooring. “She started the count on this at-bat with two balls so I knew that I could be picky with the next few pitches. She gave me a good one to hit.”
Mooring was out on a fielder’s choice by the next batter. Taylor Gunn and Katelyn Flowers then reached on errors to load the bases. Camryn Johnson then scored on a passed ball to give the Lady Warriors a 1-0 lead. Holyoak got the next batter to line out back to her before ending the inning with a ground out.
The Lady Warriors added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth. Mooring reached on a fielding error. A fielder’s choice advanced Mooring to second. Flowers then reached on an error that scored Mooring. Flowers got caught at second base for the final out on the play.
“It was a tough loss to a good team,” said Cedar head coach Chris Weaver. “We got hurt with some infield mistakes. Our whole infield is manned by sophomores. They are getting better. Bryton (Holyoak) pitched great. Both of the runs were unearned. And many of the errors we had were atypical. I think there were some nerves in play.”
Prestwich got the win, striking out five and walking none. Holyoak struck out four and walked two in the loss. With the win, Snow Canyon moves to 10-1-1, and 4-1 in region play. The Warriors will begin the second half of region play traveling to Hurricane on Friday. Cedar falls to 11-7 overall and 4-1 in Region 9. The Lady Reds will travel to Desert Hills on Friday for a second consecutive game of Region 9 leaders.
Desert Hills 2, Pine View 0
The Lady Thunder kept pace with Snow Canyon and Cedar by getting a victory at Pine View. Sophie Wilcox, Shelby Reynolds and Morgynn Rosemeyer all had multiple hits.
Kodi Salisbury batted in the first Thunder run in the fifth inning with a single up the middle that scored Megan Wiscombe. Desert Hills added an insurance run in the sixth inning. Again it was Wiscombe crossing the plate on a single my Rosemeyer.
Desert Hills pitcher Brianna St. Clair limited the Lady Panthers to just two hits and struck out 12 batters. Pine View’s Jordan Gosik also pitched well in the loss. Gosik gave up 10 hits in seven innings.
The Lady Thunder moves to 18-3 overall and 4-1 in region play. They will try to avenge an earlier region loss to Cedar on Friday at home. Pine View falls to 2-3 in region and 9-10 overall. The Panthers will travel to Dixie on Friday.
Dixie 7, Hurricane 3
The Lady Flyers got their first win in region play with a great pitching performance from Kylee Mills. She scattered five hits and struck out six in seven innings. The Lady Tigers took a 3-2 lead in the top of the fourth, but Dixie exploded in the bottom half of the inning with four runs and never looked back.
Brittany Grob and Jada Phipps led Dixie with two hits apiece. Savannah Jessop led the Lady Tigers with two hits.
Dixie improves to 3-14 overall and 1-4 in region. The Flyers will host Pine View on Friday. Hurricane falls to 8-10 overall and is 0-5 in Region 9. The Tigers will host Snow Canyon on Friday.
Region 9 Standings
Snow Canyon 4-1 10-1-1
Desert Hills 4-1 18-3
Cedar 4-1 11-7
Pine View 2-3 9-10
Dixie 1-4 3-14
Hurricane 0-5 8-10
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