The Region 9 softball teams acquitted themselves well in the opening rounds of the Utah State Softball 3A Tournament. Region 9 champion Snow Canyon shut out Morgan while Cedar carried a no-hit shutout to late in the game. The only upset was Desert Hills’ loss to Logan. Pine View’s first-round draw was against top-ranked Bear River. Both teams also lost their games in the one-loss bracket to end their seasons. Below are summaries of the games played today:
First Round Games
Snow Canyon 10, Morgan 0
The Lady Warriors blanked Morgan in five innings. Heather Prestwich pitched a two-hitter, striking out 11, and did not issue any free-pass walks. The Snow Canyon offense collected 12 hits in just four innings. Sonya Hardy led the way with two doubles. Also collecting multiple hits were Camryn Johnson, Nikenna Durante and Brittany Reyes. The Lady Warriors move to 15-2-1 and will face Stansbury on Thursday.
Cedar 10, Juan Diego 1
Cedar’s Bryton Holyoak had a no-hit shutout going until the seventh inning. She gave up a double that eventually turned into Juan Diego’s sole run. She collected six strikeouts while giving up only two walks in the one-hitter. Offensively, Cedar as a team had 13 hits. Allie Miesner had a three-run homer. Dream Weaver and Reagan Urquidez each had doubles. The Lady Reds sprung ahead in the third inning. Sadie Leavitt got Cedar on board by knocking in Weaver. Then Meisner followed that up with the home run. “Those were big hits for us,’ said Cedar head coach Chris Weaver. “We never looked back from that point.” Cedar improves to 16-9 on the year and will advance to play Grantsville on Thursday. Cedar lost to Grantsville in their first game of the season 9-4.
Logan 6, Desert Hills 0
The Lady Thunder were upset in the first round of the tournament. “We had good pitching,” said Desert Hills head coach Brady Fonnesbeck. “Errors killed us and that, coupled with our bats going cold at the wrong time, proved fatal.” The game was scoreless through three innings and going into the sixth inning Desert Hills only trailed 2-0. But three errors in the sixth inning led to four Grizzly runs. Brianna St. Clair pitched a complete game. Only one of the runs scored was earned. Sophie Wilcox and Morgynn Rosemyer both went 2-3, but the Thunder could not string together enough hits to put runs on the scoreboard. The loss knocked the Thunder to the one-loss bracket where they faced Union.
Bear River 9, Pine View 0
The Pine View Panthers were blanked by Bear River pitcher Kapri Toone. Toone threw a perfect game. The Lady Panthers could not get a base hit and Toone did not allow any walks. The Lady Bears took an early 4-0 lead. Pine View was able to keep it close for the next few innings, but Bear River lit it up again in the fifth and sixth innings with five more runs. Jordan Gosik took the loss for Pine View, striking out two and walking two. She gave up 13 hits. The loss dropped the Panthers to the one-loss bracket where they faced Canyon View.
One-Loss Bracket Games
Union 5, Desert Hills 2
Union knocked Desert Hills from the tournament. All five runs scored against the Thunder were unearned. Again, it was defensive miscues that doomed Desert Hills. “We committed five errors in the game,” said Fonnesbeck. “And each error scored a run for Union.” Wilcox again went 2-3 at the plate and Megan Wiscombe hit a mammoth home run over the Juab scoreboard. But like the earlier game, it was too little. “Obviously we are disappointed,” said Fonnesbeck. “The losses are a sour ending to such a sweet season. But I assure you we will be back.” Desert Hills finished the season 21-8.
Canyon View 11, Pine View 1
Pine View was eliminated in its first game in the one-loss bracket. The Lady Falcons got a big inning in the third with six runs to take a 7-1 lead and never looked back. The struggle at the plate continued in the later game for Pine View. Addi Horspool got the loss from the circle. Pine View finished the year 13-14.
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