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Davis, Bountiful softball close out historic seasons

May 31, 2024 08:39AM ● By Catherine Garrett
Davis High’s Serena Roth, who was named co-Region 1 MVP, was 15-2 on the mound for the Darts this year. The sophomore pitcher recorded 114 strikeouts on the year. Photo courtesy Holly Marrelli

Davis High’s Serena Roth, who was named co-Region 1 MVP, was 15-2 on the mound for the Darts this year. The sophomore pitcher recorded 114 strikeouts on the year. Photo courtesy Holly Marrelli


Fifth-seeded Davis defeated No. 4 Pleasant Grove 9-5 May 21 in the first round of bracket play at the 6A state tournament. The Darts jumped out to an 8-0 lead after two innings and held on for the win. 

Sophomore Jewel Korth drove in five runs with a 2-for-3 plate performance, which included a home run and two runs scored. Seniors Rayleigh Starnes and Lauryn Hall also had an RBI while sophomore Serena Roth was the winning pitcher on the mound.

“We have had a historical year for Davis softball, being region champions and now we are in the final six teams of the state,” said head coach Todd Street.

Against top-ranked Riverton May 21, Davis lost 14-4, giving up runs in each inning. Roth and Hall each drove in a run in the loss.

Continuing in bracket play, the Darts again faced Pleasant Grove May 22 but this time lost 15-5. Davis was down 8-0 before they got on the board and 14-1 going into the later innings in the loss that ended their season.

Senior Sydney Marrelli drove in two runs while Hall and senior Jada Chilton also recorded an RBI.

“It was a historical year for Davis High softball with 19 wins! That’s the second most wins in the last 25 years here,” said Street.

Street noted his “amazing senior class” in Chilton, Hall and Starnes who were recognized as First Team All-Region at second base, left field and catcher, respectively, while Marrelli was honored on the Region 1 Second Team for her play in right field. 

“They showed great leadership and carried us to a region championship – only the third in Davis High history,” Street said.

The Darts were also led this year by Roth, who was named Region 1’s Co-Most Valuable Player.

“She was unbelievable in the circle for us this year,” Street said. “She is a very clutch performer.”

Other all-region performers were Korth (First Team All-Region shortstop), junior Hadley Isaacs (Second Team All-Region third baseman), freshman Cambell Christensen (Second Team All-Region pitcher) and junior Katie Klaumann (Second Team All-Region first baseman).

“We had great hitting from Chloe Perry, our designated player, and great fielding from Libby Miller, our flex in the field,” Street said. “We also got great play all year from Adelyn Turpin who we will depend on greatly this next year.”

Also on the DHS squad that went 19-7 this season were juniors Tempe Haslam and Sophia Slour; sophomore Koryn Mafi; and freshmen Rosalie Hartley, Nora Morrow, Hannah Garlock, Avery Cosentino, Alivia King and Presley Bangerter.

Street was assisted on the coaching staff by Rainy Dold and Bobby Sunderland.

“We are excited for the future with these great younger players,” Street said. “Most importantly we have an amazing softball family. We love all our past and current players. We could not have had this historical season without them all. We value everyone on our team, from the super stars to our amazing manager Brynlee Beckstrand. It has been an amazing season. Thanks for all the amazing support from our girls’ parents. These girls are raised in amazing families. That is the key to our success.”


No. 3 Bountiful defeated sixth-seeded Salem Hills 4-0 May 21, scoring two runs to open the game and two runs in their final inning to complete the shutout.

Junior Ella Miller struck out 16 batters in a three-hit performance on the mound. Offensively, senior Athena Tongaonevai drove in the team’s four runs with a 2-for-3 showing at the plate, including a home run.

Against second-seeded Springville May 21, Bountiful lost 8-5. The Redhawks were down 7-3 early and scored two runs in the seventh inning but it wasn’t enough.

Sophomore Kamryn Rasmussen led the offense with two RBIs while senior Jaci Alvey also brought in a run in the loss. Miller had seven strikeouts against Red Devils batters.

Bountiful again played Salem Hills May 22, and again defeated the Skyhawks, this time with a 4-1 score. Salem Hills held a 1-0 lead through four innings before the Redhawks put up four runs to take control of the game.

Miller’s 11 strikeouts shut down the Skyhawks offense. Senior Melissa Turpin hit a key two-RBI single in the fifth inning while junior Claire Yates also drove in a run in the win.

In the final four, Bountiful played Springville May 22 and lost 10-7, ending their season. The Redhawks scored three runs in the first inning and was up 4-1 and 7-4 through five innings before giving up six runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to lose control of the game.

Tongaonevai hit two home runs while Miller also went yard in the loss.

“It was a very good year,” said head coach Butch Latey. “It’s the most wins of any Bountiful team ever – 27. The pitching and the hitting were good all year long. I had a great group of kids that worked hard and had fun and got better every day.”

Also on the BHS team that went 27-5 this season were senior Frankie Galeana; junior Isabeau Hoff; sophomores McKinley Duryea, Aimee Moore, Alivia Trump and Brenna Wentworth; and freshmen Aspyn Danner, Reagan Duryea, Serafina Hoff, Alexa James, Ainslee Jensen and Mia Loya.

Latey was assisted on the coaching staff by Ron Osborne, Katie Tanner, Kylie Flannary-Evans and Darby Freeland.