Cedar’s flawless defense was the perfect complement to its formidable offense Saturday as the Reds cruised through the first round of the 3A playoffs with a 7-0 victory over Carbon.
Marinn Whitney pitched a complete game shutout for Cedar, allowing six hits and striking out three batters while the Reds’ defense finished the game without an error to keep Carbon off the board and earn a matchup with defending state champs Stansbury at Spanish Fork on Thursday.
“That’s a big win for us,” head coach Dave Carter said. “You lose this one and it’s a long road. They played great. (Whitney) was hitting her spots and keeping them off balance and our girls were playing great defense behind her. That’s what it’s all about.”
For Whitney it was just another day at the office.
I felt really good,” Whitney said. “I was a little nervous but once we started scoring I calmed down.”
The nerves were apparent as Whitney faced the first few Carbon batters.
She allowed three hits to start the game as the Dinos loaded the bases with only one out.
But she quickly collected herself and struck out Taylor Passarella on the next at bat, then caught a line drive from Cyene Bigelow to retire the side and get out of the jam.
It was a defining moment for the junior; still, Whitney was quick to give credit to her teammates for their support.
“It’s not just me,” she said. “Everyone helped and did well.”
With the field taken care of, Javlyn Weaver provided the lumber, driving in four of Cedar’s runs including a two-run homer that put the Reds on top early.
“It’s amazing,” Weaver said of the Reds’ start to the post season after missing out last year. “We’re just proud of ourselves right now.”
Weaver came up to bat with one out in the first inning and Hannah Williams on base.
She took a couple of Kinley Nelson’s fastballs before finding one she liked and smacked it over the left field fence.
“It took me a while to adjust to her speed but then she threw a beautiful pitch and I just hit it,” Weaver said.
The shot put Cedar up 2-0 and quickly got the crowd behind the team.
Weaver added two more runs in the third inning with a single that scored Williams and Lisa Ballenger, putting Cedar up 4-0.
A passed ball in the fourth allowed Ballenger to cross the plate for the second time as Cedar added to its lead while Whitney kept Carbon off the bases.
She retired 12 of the 14 batters she faced between the second and fifth innings, allowing just one hit and issuing a walk over the stretch.
Carbon picked up a pair of hits in the sixth inning but left the runners stranded and didn’t get another player on base for the rest of the contest.
Williams knocked in the Reds’ final two runs in the bottom of the sixth, bringing home Raegan Urguidez and Brooke Westwood to bring the final count to 7-0.
“We’re so ready and excited to go to state,” Whitney added. “I feel like we will compete with anybody. We just have to play hard and play good.”
CANYON VIEW 11, NORTH SANPETE 1: Josie Platt earned the win from the circle for the Falcons after giving up just one run n three hits on Saturday. Brielle Nicholes and Shontae Clark each had a double for Canyon View while teammates Kenzie Sawyer, Kaitlyn DeLange and Jaycee Slack each homered in the win.