Farmington and Bountiful at top of Region 5Apr 01, 2021 01:49PM ● By Catherine Garrett
Farmington and Bountiful won both of their Region 5 games this past week, while Davis, Viewmont and Woods Cross all went winless in their region matchups.
Davis faced Clearfield March 23 and scored the game’s first run in the third inning before the Falcons tied things up in the bottom of the sixth inning. Clearfield scored the winning run in the eighth to end the 2-1 game. Emily Dent drove in the Darts’ lone run.
“We took another step in the right direction,” head coach Todd Street said. “We were one play from our first region win. We had a lot of great at bats. Our defense was amazing led by great pitching. We just need to keep going in the right direction. We are close to breaking through with a great win. I’m so proud of our team.”
Against Roy March 24, Davis lost 11-6, going down 6-2 early. The Darts chipped away to get back in it and put together a three-run fifth inning but it wasn’t enough.
“We came up short again,” Street said. “We finished the game strong but got off to a weak start. We need to put seven innings together. Tomorrow is another day to get better. Better days are ahead. We need to hold ourselves to a higher standard.”
Ellie Anderson and Alix Thaxton both had two RBIs while Laney Tuft and Nina Attanasio each drove in a run. Davis’ game with Weber, which was scheduled for March 25, was cancelled due to weather. The Darts are 0-6 overall and 0-4 in Region 1 this season.
Bountiful’s first game of the week was supposed to be Corner Canyon March 22 but the Chargers field was unplayable, so the Braves suited up to face Bonneville the next day and came out swinging, scoring 18 runs to the Lakers six.
Eva Stoddard had the win on the mound while also driving in four runs, including a home run. Carli Sexton blasted a three-run homer while Livi Arona, Shiloh Johnson and Athena Tongaonevai had multiple hits in the “coldest weather we have had this year,” according to head coach Butch Latey.
Against Clearfield March 24, Bountiful lost 4-1. The Braves were down 4-0 the entire game until scoring in the bottom of the seventh to avoid the shutout.
Kaitlyn Ricks had the team’s lone RBI while Stoddard went 2-for-3 from the plate.
Bountiful defeated Viewmont 17-4 March 25, scoring nine runs in the second inning and added eight more in the bottom of the fourth for the big win.
Latey noted Sexton’s “two great catches in left field,” while crediting Maestas for her pitching and hitting. Maestas drove in three runs while winning the game on the Mound. Johnson, Arona, Stoddard, Sexton and Ricks all added one RBI each.
The Braves’ record is now 5-2 and 2-0 in Region 5.
Viewmont lost 17-0 to Farmington March 23, struggling to put anything together offensively. Sydni Steed and Kennedy Embrey combined for the team’s three hits in the loss.
Against Bountiful March 25, the Vikings lost by 13.
“That was a tough one with the cold and rain,” head coach Stacey Toney said. “I was pleased with how we responded though. We controlled the controllables today and made some adjustments as a whole.”
Oakley Sovic and Grace Nielson both drove in runs for Viewmont.
“I’m pleased with the direction this team is headed,” Toney said. “If we can stick together we will go far.”
The Vikings are now 2-4 this season with an 0-2 Region 5 mark.
Woods Cross lost to Box Elder 9-6 March 23. The Wildcats bounced back from being down 4-0 to tie things up at 5-all by the sixth inning but then gave up four runs in the eighth in the loss.
“We experienced all weather with snow, rain, sun and clouds,” head coach Casey Plowman said. “We had a hard time answering back and had a chance to win it with a runner on second and third and two outs and we couldn’t produce a run. We went extra innings with them and we weren’t able to answer back after they put up four more runs. I’m proud of the girls for not giving up and putting up a fight to give themselves a chance.”
Ali Ebberts drove in two runs while Kenna Cowley and Libby Clark also had an RBI each for Woods Cross.
Against Northridge March 24, the Wildcats lost 14-1, scoring their lone run in the final inning of the game to avoid being blanked.
“It was a game for my girls to learn,” Plowman said. “I am out with a lot of injuries right now so a few of my girls had the opportunity to play in a varsity game. I am super proud of the way they played and how they are willing to learn.”
Plowman noted the efforts of her pitcher Ali Ebberts. “She pitched amazing,” Plowman said. “She was able to get us our ground balls and fly balls that we were needing.” Natalie Wall drove in the one run.
Woods Cross lost to Farmington 11-0 March 25.
“It was very wet, cold and rainy,” Plowman said, crediting Clark for “pitching a great game.” “We gave ourselves a lot of chances to score and give them a game, we just couldn’t score when we needed to.” Cowley, Clark and Ebberts combined for the team’s four hits. The Wildcats’ record stands at 3-6 and they are 0-2 in Region 5 play.
Farmington blanked Viewmont 17-0 March 23 with a 14-run third inning that decided the game. Delaney Baker had four RBIs with a home run while Nev Carrasquel (three RBIs), Lexi Crowley (two RBIs) and Madison Kelker (one RBI) also homered. Courtney Christiansen (two RBIs), Paige Herbon (one) and Lauren Gray (one) also drove in runs for the Phoenix.
Against Woods Cross March 25, Farmington shut out the Wildcats 11-0 behind a 13- hit performance. Baker had four RBIs on four hits while Emily Barton homered and added two RBIs to go with an RBI each from Crowley, Kelker, Carrasquel, Christiansen and Elle Mortensen.
The Phoenix improved to 5-1 overall and tied for first place with Bountiful atop Region 5 with a 2-0 record.