Softball teams winding down regular season playApr 29, 2021 12:48PM ● By Catherine Garrett
Farmington won five games last week, losing just one, while Bountiful went 2-1 as the Region 5 frontrunners gear up for a final showdown in closing out season play during the next two weeks. Woods Cross made some moves in the region standings with three wins this week taking over third place.
Davis lost to Layton 19-12 April 20, going down 8-4 after two innings and fell short in a comeback attempt with eight runs late in the loss.
“We fell behind 7 to 0 in the top of the first, but the girls kept great energy despite the slow start and we eventually tied it up at 12-all,” head coach Todd Street said. “I’m so proud of our team’s fight tonight. I hope we can build on it as a team.”
Nina Attanasio drove in six runs to lead the Darts while Ellie Anderson (three RBIs), Laney Tuft (one), Sadie Hathaway (one) and Abby Clark (one) also helped offensively.
Against Weber April 22, the Darts lost 6-5, scoring three runs in the final inning to come up just short.
“We played amazing,” Street said. “We made some great plays in the field and at the plate. We are getting better each day. I’m so proud of our girls.”
Anderson had two RBIs to lead Davis with Alix Thaxton, Hathaway and Emily Dent also driving in a run each.
In a rescheduled game with Weber from March 25, the Darts defeated the Warriors 7-6. In this matchup, Davis broke a scoreless tie in the fourth inning with two runs and then went up 4-2 in the sixth before Weber scored four runs to take the lead in the seventh inning. The Darts responded with three runs to end the game.
Anderson hit two home runs, driving in four runs, with Thaxton (two RBIs) and Larkyn Robinson (one) also providing scoring. Davis is now 2-8 in Region 1 play and 3-11 overall.
Bountiful defeated Box Elder 7-1 April 20, turning a scoreless game into a 5-0 lead in the fourth inning before adding two more runs in the sixth. Livi Arona and Eva Stoddard both had four RBIs for the Braves and Athena Tongaonevai and Mylie Burnes drove in a run each as well.
Against Bonneville April 22, Bountiful squeaked out a 6-5 win. The game was scoreless through four innings before the Lakers got on the board with three runs in the fifth and the Braves answering with all six of their runs in the bottom half of the inning. Bonneville got two more runs in the sixth inning to close the margin.
“The game ended on a perfect throw by centerfielder Amy Black to our catcher Tongaonevai, who tagged out the runner” head coach Butch Latey said.
Arona went 3-for-3 with one RBI while Tongaonevai (two RBIs), Annie Salazar (one) and Amy Black (one) also assisted the offense. Salazar pitched in relief and picked up the win on the mound.
In a game with Payson, Bountiful lost 4-3. The teams were tied at 1-all which forced the game into extra innings. Both squads scored a run in the eighth and then the Lions added two runs in the top of the ninth with the Braves scoring just one to counter in the loss. Stoddard and Black had an RBI each for Bountiful.
The Braves are 10-3 on the season and 6-0 in Region 5.
Viewmont defeated Alta 27-17 April 19. The high scoring got started in the first inning with the Vikings holding a 10-7 lead heading into the second, and 15 more runs through the middle innings put the game out of reach.
“The girls came out ready to play,” head coach Stacie Toney said. “We are still getting better every game which is exactly what we want to happen so we are playing our best softball by the time the state tournament gets here.” Lily Hawker had three doubles and a triple, driving in four runs to lead the Vikings.
Molly Roberts struck out nine batters as the winning pitcher while also helping herself at the plate, recording two RBIs. Also producing offense for Viewmont was Lily Wright with five RBIs, Sydni Steed three, Oakley Sovic three, Grace Nielson three, Jenavieve Eggett two and Kennedy Embrey one.
Against Woods Cross April 20, the Vikings lost 12-2, avoiding the shutout with two runs – driven in by Wright and Eggett – in the fourth inning.
Viewmont lost 23-6 to Box Elder April 21, staying even with the Bees after the first inning as the teams were tied at 4-all, but Box Elder blew the game open over the next three innings. Savana Walker had two RBIs to lead the Vikings while Steed, Sovic and Eggett had one each.
Viewmont lost to Farmington 10-0 April 22. The Vikings are still looking for their first region win through six games and are 5-9 overall.
Woods Cross won its second region game with a 12-2 victory over Viewmont, jumping out with 10 runs through the first three innings in the big win.
“It was a good team win with 15 hits,” head coach Casey Plowman said.
Jade Valdez pitched a six-hitter while four players – Autumn Johnson, Ali Ebberts, Kenna Cowley and Elizabeth Busdicker – each had two RBIs. Noa Latu and Libby Clark also drove in a run each in the win.
Against Mountain Crest April 21, the Wildcats won 7-2, scoring in each of the first four innings before adding a couple of insurance runs in the seventh.
“Ali threw a complete game, throwing 77 pitches and 68 were strikes with no walks and two strikeouts!” Plowman said. Johnson led the way with two RBIs, hitting her fourth home run of the season, with Clark and Latu driving in one run each.
Woods Cross defeated Box Elder 13-9 April 22, responding to five runs scored by the Bees – due to Wildcats errors – in the second inning with five of their own in the third before adding eight more runs in the last three innings.
Latu belted two home runs, driving in four runs with Johnson and Clark also taking it out of the park – recording two RBIs each. Ebberts had four RBIs and Busdicker added one to round out the offense for Woods Cross. The Wildcats evened their Region 5 mark at 3-3 and are now 7-9 this season.
Farmington defeated Bonneville 8-3 April 20, turning a tied 3-3 game in the middle of the fourth inning into a big win with five runs in the final three innings.
Delaney Baker was the winning pitcher and also drove in two runs. Paige Herbon (two RBIs), Kate Hansen (one), Elle Mortensen (one) and Hadley Eichmeier (one) also provided offense for the Phoenix.
Against Viewmont, Farmington won 10-0 April 22 with Baker again pitching the Phoenix to the win.
Nev Carrasquel drove in six runs to lead the offense while Eichmeier and Lauren Gray had an RBI each.
At the Cache Valley Tournament April 24, Farmington defeated Ridgeline 11-4, Alta 12-3 and Hunter 14-1 while also losing to Sky View 9-7. Baker drove in 13 runs on the weekend while Eichmeier and Crowley had eight and six RBIs, respectively. The Phoenix are now 11-5 overall with a 5-1 Region 5 mark.