Bountiful and Farmington atop Region 5 softballApr 22, 2021 02:39PM ● By Catherine Garrett
Bountiful and Farmington, two of the top five teams in 5A, squared off this week with Braves claiming the upper hand by a run in extra innings to get a leg up in Region 5. Davis and Woods Cross went 1-1 this week while Viewmont won one out of its three matchups.
Bountiful defeated Woods Cross 15-0 in three innings April 13, outhitting the Wildcats 12 to two.
“Shiloh (Johnson) was a key player for us going 2-for-2 with a home run and scoring three runs,” head coach Butch Latey said, also noting Livi Arona’s “outstanding” offense which produced three hits in three at-bats while scoring three runs.
The Braves were led by winning pitcher Annie Salazar on the mound – while she also got on base and scored in each of her three plate appearances. Eva Stoddard also had five RBIs, Amy Black two, Kaitlyn Ricks two, Shambre Maestas one, Carli Sexton one and Athena Tongaonevai one.
Against Farmington in a battle for the top of the region, Bountiful won 5-4 in extra innings. Annie Salazar scored from third base after Phoenix pitcher Delaney Baker gathered in a grounder and checked Salazar off before throwing to first base to get Shambre Maestas out. Salazar used her speed to get to the plate and the catcher dropped the throw to end the game.
Salazar and Livi Arona had solo home runs while Stoddard and Maestas also had one RBI each. Eva Stoddard was the winning pitcher.
The Braves are undefeated through four games in Region 5 and have an 8-2 overall record.
Farmington defeated Box Elder 10-1, dominating the matchup and allowing the Bees lone run late in the game after the Phoenix had all but secured the win. Madison Kelker and Lexi Crowley drove in two runs each to lead Farmington while Nev Carrasquel and Delaney Baker each had an RBI to help offensively.
Against Bountiful, Farmington was led by Lauren Gray’s two RBIs in the one-run loss. Paige Herbon and Hadley Eichmeier also drove in a run each.
The Phoenix squad is now 3-1 in Region 5 and 6-4 on the year.
Davis defeated Northridge 10-9 April 13. The Darts took an early 2-0 lead before going down 5-3 and coming back to tie the game in the bottom of the fourth inning. Davis again came from behind in the seventh inning, scoring two runs with Alix Thaxton hitting a walk-off single to end the game.
“We had a great team effort and played from behind nearly the entire game,” head coach Todd Street said. “They took the lead in the top of the second inning and we battled to put it into extra innings. So proud of how our team kept battling. It was fun to pull off a win!”
Ellie Black won the game on the mound, “finishing the game amazing,” according to Street, who also noted the contributions of seniors Ellie Anderson, Emily Dent and Abby Clark, who “made plays to keep us in the game.”
Laney Tuft drove in four runs while Thaxton (two RBIs), Kelli Scadden (one), Sadie Hathaway (one) and Anderson (one) also contributed offensively.
Against Fremont Apr. 15, the Darts lost 11-0, getting down by 10 runs after the first two innings.
“Fremont is a great team,” Street said. “They outplayed us in every aspect of the game. There is a reason they are in first place in our region.”
Davis is now 2-9 overall with a 1-6 Region 1 record.
Viewmont lost to Bonneville 23-17 April 13. The Vikings came out strong with five first-inning runs before giving up 15 the next three innings before scoring again. The Lakers kept on the gas with eight more runs to close out the high-scoring affair.
Viewmont was led offensively by Oakley Sovic with three RBIs, Kennedy Embrey (two), Molly Roberts (two), Savana Walker (two), Lily Hawker (one), Anna Moore (one), Sydni Steed (one) and Lily Wright (one).
In a weather-shortened Bengal Bash Tournament April 16-17, the Vikings defeated Providence Hall 7-2, jumping out to an early 1-0 lead behind Sovic’s RBI single and then adding four more runs in the third inning with RBIs from Sovic, Steed and Wright to widen the margin. Grace Nielson was the winning pitcher.
Against West Jordan, Viewmont lost 10-3, giving up eight runs through the game’s final two innings in the loss. Walker had one RBI for the Vikings.
Viewmont is still looking for its first region win in three tries and is 5-6 this season.
Woods Cross was blanked by Bountiful 15-0 April 13. Kenna Cowley had the team’s lone extra-base hit with a triple.
Against Bonneville April 15, the Wildcats won 10-6, picking up its first region win of the year. Woods Cross got on the board early with two runs, but found themselves down 4-2 after two innings of play. The Wildcats scored in each of the game’s last four innings to pull off the win.
“We played well together as a team,” head coach Casey Plowman said. “We had our rough inning (the second) but we were able to come back and keep fighting. It was just a full team effort.”
Ali Ebberts pitched a six-hitter while she also helped herself at the plate, driving in four runs, including a home run. Also contributing offensively was Autumn Johnson (a homer and two RBIs), Noa Latu (solo HR), Mekenna Trader (one) and Libby Clark (one).
Woods Cross is now 1-3 in Region 5 and 4-9 overall.