Canyon View pitcher Josie Platt needed to bounce back in a big way. She did, and after pitching a complete game 7-1 loss against Uintah in the 3A state softball tournament, she came back with a shutout against Carbon in an elimination game as the Falcons won 7-0.
In Canyon View’s first game, everything went Uintah’s way. Ute pitcher Summer Stensgard kept the Falcon bats at bay, and added two home runs to pace Uintah in the victory.
Canyon View made solid contact several times, only to have hits taken away by Uintah’s defense. Kenzie Sawyer provided Canyon View with its only bright spot on offense, launching a solo home run in the third inning for the Falcons’ only run.
Coach Kyle DeLange said it was tough to play again directly after the loss.
“It was very difficult to get our girls back in it and get excited again,” DeLange said.
Platt forced groundouts and mostly kept the bases clear as the Falcons avoided elimination.
“I just had to stay mentally tough,” Platt said.
DeLange said he’s still waiting for his team’s offense to heat up.
“Hopefully we can get back to hitting like we can tomorrow,” he said.
Canyon View next faces Tooele Friday at 11 a.m.
In an elimination game against Payson, Snow Canyon battled to stay in the game in the first couple innings, only to blow it open in the third. The Warriors’ four-run third inning sparked them to a 10-4 win.
After the Warriors loaded the bases — two walks and a hit batsman — a single gave them an 8-4 lead.
Snow Canyon pitcher Heather Prestwich, supported by a steady stream of hits from her teammates, settled in, allowing zero runs after the second inning.
The Warriors move on to play Bear River Friday at 11 a.m.
One of the top pitchers in the state silenced Cedar, as the Lady Reds fell 5-0 to defending champ Stansbury. Stansbury’s Kimbri Herring held Cedar scoreless, carrying a no-hit bid into the fourth inning.
“She’s a great pitcher,” said Cedar head coach Dave Carter. “She did her job against us today.”
In their second game, the Lady Reds were edged out by Bear River, 7-5.
Cedar’s Javlyn Weaver ignited the team with an early three-run home run to put the Lady Reds up 3-1 — a lead they wouldn’t give up until the sixth inning.
Cedar pitcher Marrin Whitney, who pitched both games for Cedar, escaped jams in the middle of the game, before a double with two runners on base and a sacrifice fly from Bear River hitters in the top of the sixth put the Bears up 7-5.
Coach Carter was proud of how Whitney battled, particularly in the first game.
“She pitched a great game,” Carter said. “We just didn’t get her the runs she needed.”
Carter expressed his admiration for his team and said he has high hopes for the future of the program.
“The season was great,” he said. “Our goal at the beginning of the year was just to make it to state, and we ended up co-champions of our region. We started out young and without a lot of experience. I’m proud of the girls.”