The Cedar softball team did what it needed to do Tuesday evening with a 6-3 win over Dixie. An outcome that proved vital as it moved Cedar to within a half game of Canyon View, which sits atop the Region 9 standings.
“It’s huge if we’re able to get a No. 1 seed,” Cedar head coach David Carter said. “We have to win our last (region) game against Hurricane to have a chance, so we’re just focusing on what we need to do.”
The Lady Reds used that urgent mindset to jump out to an early 3-1 lead. Yet Dixie — which is fighting for the fourth and final playoff seed — rallied in the bottom of the third to put pressure on the visitors.
Dixie put up two runs on the scoreboard after Stacia Gelter’s RBI double to left center and Summer Simkins’ ensuing RBI single up the middle. The spurt closed the gap to 4-3.
Cedar, however, responded with a critical run in the top of the fourth.
Javelin Weaver crushed a RBI double to left-center off of Simkins, scoring Hannah Williams.
Cedar (9-2, 12-9) tacked on an insurance run in the sixth to give the Lady Reds a 6-3 advantage.
Carter said he thought his team played a little tight, but overall, he likes the way his team has been playing of late, and he’s confident they’ll enter the state tournament in strong fashion.
One reason for this is the play of ace Marinn Whitney.
Although she allowed three Flyers’ runs Tuesday, the junior kept her poise and fended off multiple pressure-packed situations.
Dixie (5-6, 8-12) placed runners in scoring position in the fourth and seventh innings, but the Flyers came away with nothing to add to the scoreboard.
“I was able to come in and get ahead in key situations,” Whitney said. “We just have to keep pushing and take care of business to give ourselves a chance at a region title. … I think we’ve gotten better all year, both mentally and with our play on the field. We just need to cut down on our mental mistakes before state.”
Cedar will play its final region contest vs. Hurricane Friday while Dixie will conclude its regular season at Pine View the same day. Both games are slated for 4 p.m.
FALCONS 12, TIGERS 3: Jaycee Slack and Cheyenne Anderson hit home runs to ignite an eight-run third inning, and Canyon View clinched no worse than a share of the Region 9 title with the win over Hurricane at home on a windy Tuesday.
The Falcons won its 11th straight game and finished with a 10-2 record in Region 9 play, 15-4 overall.
Slack hit a three-run homer to get Canyon View started, then Anderson added a grand slam later in the inning to back the pitching of Josie Platt, who went the distance in the circle, struck out 10 and improved her season record to 13-3. Kelsee Hyatt added a two-run homer as a pinch-hitter in the sixth inning to complete the scoring.
Hurricane got back-to-back homers in the fourth inning and scored a run on a Canyon View error in the fifth.
PANTHERS 8, THUNDER 5: No details reported