Region play amps up for softball teams, including second-ranked BountifulApr 08, 2022 10:19AM ● By Catherine Garrett
Davis defeated Syracuse 5-3 March 29, for its first region win of the season. The Darts were down 2-0 after the first inning, but scored five runs in the second in what proved to be all they needed.
Abby Olsen and Avery Kartchner drove in two runs each while Nina Attanasio was the winning pitcher on the mound and also had an RBI at the plate.
“We continue to play great defensively, which was highlighted by great production by Alix Thaxton at shortstop,” said head coach Todd Street. “We’re hoping to get a little better with the bats and our base running.”
Against Clearfield March 31, the Darts lost 7-5.
“We kept battling to the end, but struggled with getting runs across the plate,” Street said. “We had 14 hits to their 11, but we just needed to cut down on base-running mistakes.”
Street particularly noted Kartchner, Sadie Hathaway and Aubrey Noriega for their contributions on the field this season. “They own their position defensively and have great at-bats,” he said.
An 8-0 loss to Bountiful April 1 puts Davis’ record at .500 through 14 games with a 1-4 showing in Region 1.
“We played well, but Eva Stoddard [Bountiful’s pitcher] was just too much for us. She pitched a gem,” said Street.
Farmington beat Weber 14-4 March 29 behind five RBIs from Courtney Christiansen.
Also contributing offensively were Paige Herbon with two RBIs and Delaney Baker and Madison Kelker with one each. Baker picked up the win on the mound for the Phoenix.
Against Wasatch April 1, the Phoenix squad won 5-1. They led the entire game with Wasatch adding a late run to avoid the shutout.
Christiansen, Kelker and Lexi Crowley each batted in a run to lead Farmington offensively.
In its first Region 5 game of the year, Bountiful defeated Bonneville 3-2 March 29.
Head coach Butch Latey called the seven-inning game a “thriller.”
In a tight one-run game in the fifth inning with the Lakers having two runners on and two outs, Malissa Turpin “made one of the greatest catches in right field,” according to Latey. In the decisive seventh inning, the Redhawks had a lead-off double courtesy of Shiloh Johnson before Mylie Burns laid down a “beautiful bunt” and beat out the throw and then both runners continued running the bases with no coverage on second base. With Burns sliding into second on a close play, Latey sent Johnson home for the winning run.
Claire Yates and Eva Stoddard had an RBI each in the win. Stoddard struck out 10 Bonneville batters in the game.
Against Davis April 1, Bountiful won 8-0. Stoddard pitched a four-hitter and again struck out 10.
“We were led by two home runs by Shiloh and one by Athena [Tonganoevai], who also had two other hits,” said Latey. “Frankie Galeana also chipped in two hits for us.”
The Redhawks improved to 6-3 this season with a 1-0 mark in Region 1 play.
Viewmont lost to Sky View 10-8 March 28. The Vikings led 3-0 through three innings before the Bobcats scored six runs to take control of the game.
Kennedy Embrey led with three RBIs while Sydni Steed (two RBIs), Molly Roberts (one), Lily Hawker (one) and Oakley Sovic (one) also contributed offensively.
Against Woods Cross March 29, Viewmont was winning 7-6 after five innings “before the rain took its toll,” according to head coach Stacie Toney, and the game was called in favor of the Vikings.
Lily Hawker, Sydni Steed and Kennedy Embrey each drove in a run in the win.
“I’m excited to see us fire on all cylinders as we work through some things,” Toney said, particularly noting Embrey’s offensive production. “Kennedy has had two great greats this week, going 7-for-7 so far this week. She’s seeing the ball really well right now.”
Against Bonneville, Viewmont lost 10-8 despite two RBIs each from Roberts, Hawker and Anna Moore.
The Vikings are now 1-1 in Region 5 and 9-4 overall.
Woods Cross lost 9-4 to Taylorsville March 28, giving up a 9-4 lead after four innings by allowing six runs over the final three innings in the loss.
Against Viewmont, Ali Ebberts (two RBIs), Kenna Cowley (one), Libby Clark (one), Noa Latu (one) and Kaii Crockett (one) led the offense.
“It was a crazy weather game,” said head coach Casey Plowman.
The game against Northridge March 31 was moved to WXHS because of the muddy conditions on the Knights’ field. The Wildcats lost 12-11.
“We were down 8-1 going into the third inning and we fought back the rest of the game and ended up falling short,” Plowman said. “It was a fun game.”
Woods Cross is still winless in Region 5 through two games and has a 6-7 record overall. l