Bountiful and Farmington’s softball seasons end deep in 5A state playoffsJun 07, 2021 01:52PM ● By Catherine Garrett
Bountiful’s Amy Black (14) slides safely into third base ahead of the tag from Springville’s Emma Liddiard. The Red Devils rallied in the seventh with a walk-off, three-run homer and advancing to the winners bracket beating the Braves 5-4. Photo by Roger V. Tuttle
Bountiful High’s softball team went 4-2 in the 5A state tournament and lost to eventual champion Spanish Fork to tie for third place. Farmington’s run ended just shy of the semifinal round.
Bountiful lost to Springville 5-4 May 25 despite going up 4-2 after four innings. The Braves gave up a three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh inning in the loss. Athena Tongaonevai, Eva Stoddard and Shiloh Johnson all had one RBI each for Bountiful.
Against Murray in the one-loss bracket later that day, the Braves won 12-2, scoring multiple runs in nearly every inning. Annie Salazar led the way going 2-for-3 from the plate with a double, a home run and four RBIs. Stoddard, Johnson and Livi Arona also drove in a run each.
Bountiful then avenged the loss to Springville, winning 8-1 May 26. The Braves got the scoring started early and held an 8-0 lead until the bottom of the seventh when the Red Devils avoided a shutout with a lone run. Stoddard and Salazar had two RBIs each with Arona and Melissa Turpin adding one run each.
Against the eventual 5A state champion Spanish Fork squad May 26, Bountiful found themselves down 3-0 from the early innings and scored its only run – on a double by Shambre Maestas – in the last frame.
“We overachieved in the state tournament to finish tied for third with Wasatch,” said head coach Butch Latey, of his 20-8 team that went undefeated in Region 5 play this week to win their fourth straight region title.
Farmington lost to Wasatch 3-2 May 25 when a 2-0 lead didn’t hold up as the Wasps scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to win. Paige Herbon and Hadley Eichmeier each drove in a run for the Phoenix squad.
Against Lehi in the one-loss bracket May 25, Farmington won 11-3, scoring 10 runs through the middle innings to take control of the game.
Delaney Baker had a home run and drove in five runs while also striking out six Pioneer batters on her way to a complete game on the mound. Hannah Barton (three RBIs), Courtney Christiansen (one), Lexi Crowley (one) and Nev Carrasquel (one) also drove in runs for Farmington.
In a rematch with Wasatch May 26, the Phoenix lost 6-4, scoring first and holding a 4-2 lead until the bottom of the fifth inning when the Wasps put up four runs. Baker drove in two runs while Herbon also had an RBI in the season-ending loss.
Farmington finished the year just shy of the semifinal round with a 17-9 overall record.