Bountiful softball is region’s best for 5th year in a rowMay 12, 2022 11:08AM ● By Catherine Garrett
After getting hit by a line-drive, Viewmont pitcher Grace Nielson (13) takes a “breather” as coaches from both teams check on her condition. After this incident, officials called the game in the 4th at 16 - 1 for Bountiful. Photo by Roger V. Tuttle
The Bountiful High softball team went 2-1 this past week in Region 5 to win its fifth consecutive region title. Davis, Farmington and Viewmont all picked up wins as well.
Bountiful beat Viewmont 16-1 in four innings May 3, scoring 11 runs in the first two to put the game away early.
Athena Tongaonevai and Eva Stoddard led the Redhawks offensively with two RBIs each while Izzy Rodrigues, Ella Miller, Malissa Turpin, Katelyn Rodgers and Mylie Burnes also drove in a run in the big win.
Against Box Elder May 4, Bountiful lost 5-3. The Redhawks were down 3-0 after three innings and 5-1 until putting up two runs in the bottom of the seventh, but it wasn’t enough in the loss.
Katelyn Rodgers drove in all three of Bountiful’s runs.
The BHS squad then beat Northridge 18-2, scoring 10 runs in the first inning to dominate the Knights.
Miller struck out nine batters in the three inning matchup while also belting a three-run homer to help herself at the plate. Shiloh Johnson also produced three hits and scored four runs in the lead-off spot for Bountiful while Stoddard also hit a home run.
The Redhawks are now 9-1 in Region 5 and 15-5-1 on the year.
Davis beat Clearfield 9-5. The Darts went up 5-0 in the fifth inning before the Falcons got on the board. Four more runs in the sixth inning put the game out of reach.
“We hit the ball really well, highlighted by home runs from Abby Olsen and Larkyn Robinson,” said head coach Todd Street. “We also had some great plays in the field by those two along with Alix Thaxton.”
Olsen’s four RBIs led the team with Robinson (two RBIs), Avery Kartchner (one RBI), Sadie Hathaway (1 RBI) and Aubrey Noriega (1 RBI) also providing offense in the win.
Davis improved to 3-8 in Region 1 play and are 9-12 on the season.
Farmington defeated Clearfield 8-0 May 5, jumping out to an early 4-0 lead and adding four more runs in the middle innings to shut out the Falcons.
Lexi Crowley drove in two runs while Nev Carrasquel and Paige Herbon added one RBI each.
The Phoenix are now 9-2 in the Region 1 standings with a 14-7 overall record.
In its 16-1 loss to Bountiful, Viewmont’s long run came in the third inning – courtesy of Lily Hawker – to avoid the shutout.
Against Box Elder May 5, the Vikings lost 16-5. They were down 2-0 early before coming back to lead 4-2 and then giving up nine runs in the bottom of the third inning to let the game get away from them.
Kennedy Embrey led Viewmont with two RBIs while Molly Roberts, Oakley Sovic and Lily Wright also brought in a run each.
The Vikings bounced back against Taylorsville May 6 with a 15-6 win over the Warriors. Viewmont came out strong with eight runs in the first inning and added seven more throughout the middle innings.
Roberts had a big game for the Vikings with four RBIs on three hits – including a home run in the first – while also picking up the win on the mound.
“Molly pitched a great game and hit the ball well,” said head coach Stacie Toney, also noting the team’s solid defense and ability to see the ball well at the plate. “Jena Eggett, in particular, has a hot bat and is in a great spot to flip the lineup over.”
Also bringing in runs in the win were Anna Moore (three RBIs), Eggett (one), Hawker (one), Embrey (one), Sovic (one) and Sydni Steed (one).
Viewmont is now 4-7 in Region 5 play and 13-10 overall.
“It’s been a tough few weeks with multiple three to four game weeks in a row,” Toney said. “These girls are working their tails off on and off the field and give it their all every day.We reached one of our season goals and I couldn’t be more proud of them. They are writing history and bringing this program back in the light. We are excited for the playoffs and state tournament.”
Woods Cross lost to Box Elder 8-3 May 3. Despite scoring the game’s first run in the first inning, the Wildcats managed just one more in the fourth inning and a late run to end the game.
“We couldn’t string enough hits together to score who we had on base,” said head coach Casey Plowman. “We made lots of contact, but it was right to their players.”
Noa Latu hit a double, knocking in a run, while Mel Zarate also recorded an RBI.
Against Bonneville, Woods Cross lost 13-1.
“It was not a great game for us,” said Plowman. “We didn’t hit well, but Ali Ebbert did hit a home run!”
Ebbert’s home run in the second inning was the Wildcats’ lone score before giving up 11 more runs the rest of the way.
A Region 5 win remains elusive for Woods Cross who are now 0-10 and 7-15 this season. λ