Dixie High started the softball weekend strong with a convincing , 10-2 win over North Sanpete in the Sunroc Tournament.
The Flyers started out hot, piling up four runs in the first inning, and by the fourth, their lead was 9-0 with the mercy rule looming. In the bottom of the fourth, however, the Hawks, who had only gotten one hit through the first three innings, started to get the better of Flyer pitcher Alisi Fakahua.
“I think they saw that mercy rule coming and decided they weren’t going to quit, and they went and got some runs,” said Dixie coach Dave Demas, “North Sanpete isn’t an easy, pushover team — they’re a tough team, and they can come after it pretty well.”
In the fourth, the Hawks scored two runs on four quick hits, and the momentum had visibly shifted in their favor. With only one out, and a Hawk runner in scoring position, Fakahua struck out one batter, and, after another runner was caught stealing, the Flyers escaped the inning.
“Coach always says go for ’em. Get ahead early and go for ’em,” said Fakahua.
The Hawks changed pitchers to open the fifth, which disrupted the Flyers offense to the point that they got only one more hit in the last three innings.
Though they remained quiet on offense, the Flyers defense locked things down to keep the Hawks off the board and finish the game on top.
“I think when we got ahead by so much, we thought we could go out all nonchalant, but we almost let them back in it. But our team is really good at picking each other up, so we got back into it and got over our lack of focus,” said Dixie’s Stacia Gelter.
The Sunroc Tournament continues through Saturday evening.
SNOW CANYON 11, JUAB 0: Pitcher Brytni Gurney led Snow Canyon with a winning effort from the circle.
SNOW CANYON 10, CYPRUS 2: The Warriors were led by four home runs in this game by Brytni Gurney, Kenzee Langston, Mitzi Gates, and Shelbee Hutchings.
SOUTH SUMMIT 13, BEAVER 3: The Beavers allowed 14 hits in the loss on Friday. Kylie Atkinson led the winning effort with a double. For Beaver, Brielle Christensen had a triple.
GUNNISON 9, PAROWAN 1: Alyssa Morgan smacked a double and a triple to lead Gunnison past Parowan. The Rams’ McKinsey Smith was given the loss from the circle.
PINE VIEW 17, NORTH SEVIER 3: No details reported.
CANYON VIEW 5, BONNEVILLE 3: The Falcons were led by Ty Nielson’s winning effort on the mound. Juan Lares and Keaton Kringlen each had a triple.
SPANISH FORK 5, CANYON VIEW 4: Jaycee Slack and Josie Platt each hit home runs, but their collective effort wasn’t enough as the Falcons fell short against the Dons.
HERRIMAN 8, DIXIE 5: Krista Dekorver and Summer Simkins each had a double for Dixie on Friday.