The Enterprise Wolves have been a mainstay in the 2A state softball playoffs for more than a decade with top three-finishes the last three years.
Enterprise looked more than comfortable settling into its first game of this year’s playoffs, picking up eight runs in the first inning against American Leadership Academy.
The Wolves finished off the Eagles, 15-0, in a mercy-run, four-inning Game 1 before moving on to face South Sevier in Round 2.
The Rams struck first, but the Wolves packed on seven unanswered runs to defeat South Sevier, 7-2, and advance to play Manti in the quarterfinals of the winner’s bracket (weather permitting) Friday at 2 p.m.
“It went like we hoped it would,” Enterprise head coach Duane Wallin said following Game 1. “Good hitting, a lot of extra base hits.”
The Wolves shot out of the gates with McKenzy Huntsman leading off with a triple. Kaylee Christensen reached first after being hit by a pitch and stole second shortly after. Then Jaycee Reber loaded the bases for Dakota Robinson on a single.
Robinson promptly cleared all of the bases with a grand slam.
“It was just right down the middle, so I just swung, and it went over,” Robinson said.
The Wolves kept up the pressure, totaling 14 hits and finishing off the game in four innings by putting up five runs in the final frame. Robinson added a triple to her grand slam and also got the win in the circle, striking out five and giving up four hits.
Huntsman (3 for 4) added a triple and a pair of singles, while Reber (3 for 3) picked up a pair of doubles and a single in the win.
Game 2 had a different feel, as Robinson put two South Sevier runners on by hitting them. Courtney Gaylord promptly reached base and drove both runners in on an error. Robinson followed the miscue up by delivering nine straight strikes between the first and second innings.
“We came in that first game, and we just took care of business,” Huntsman said. “That second game was a tougher game for us, but we just had the same thought, to go take care of business.”
The Wolves came away empty in the first, but Huntsman plated two runs on a two-out double — her third of the day — in the second to temporarily tie the game.
“When I walked out of that dugout and I saw that there were two outs, my heart just dropped,” Huntsman said. “That first pitch went by, and I was like, ‘I got to hit this,’ and I hit it, and I got lucky, I guess. It went pretty far, so I was pretty happy about that.”
Christensen dug into the batter’s box, following Huntsman, and drove the go-ahead run in on an RBI single.
Reber contributed a two-run double, and Robinson added a two-run single in the fourth.
After the first inning, Robinson walked only one batter. She then finished each inning, three-up, three-down and pitched a complete game, no-hitter for her second win of the day.
“These girls, they’ve got a chip on their shoulder,” Wallin said. “We’ve been third, third and second (in recent playoff finishes), so they’ve got their sights set on something.”
SAN JUAN 14, PAROWAN 3: The Rams stared down a 14-0 deficit heading into the fifth inning. They rallied to pick up three before falling to the Broncos.
MANTI 15, KANAB 0: Templars’ starter Kali Thomson kept the Cowboys hitless in three innings of mercy-run softball.
LOSER’S BRACKET ROUND 1
DELTA 10, PAROWAN 9: The Rams put up five runs in the fourth to grab a 6-2 lead, but the Rabbits countered with six in the bottom half of the inning. Then for the third time this year, the Rabbits did enough to pull ahead and defeat the Rams by one run.
KANAB 21, ROWLAND HALL 1: The Cowboys rebounded quickly in their second game. Pitcher Taylor Clark held the Winged Lions to one hit, while the Cowboys packed on 17. Emma Reidhead and Jessica Johnson both tripled and doubled, and Clark also doubled.
LOSER’S BRACKET GAME 2
SOUTH SUMMIT 8, KANAB 4: The Cowboys held to a one-run lead through five innings before the Wildcats strung together a handful of extra-base hits. The Cowboys rallied with two outs, adding three runs in the top of the seventh but fell short.