Riding a nine-game win streak heading into its Region 9 matchup against Dixie Thursday, it’s hard to imagine Canyon View as deficient in any area.
Even in a tie for first place with Snow Canyon and with the battery of talent in the Falcons’ lineup, they had yet to have a real breakout game against a solid foe.
The Flyers came to town on the wrong day.
Five Canyon View home runs defined the day and the Falcons got the statement game they were looking for in their 10th straight win, a 13-1 beatdown of Dixie.
Kenzie Sawyer drilled three big flies to lead the charge and Canyon View momentarily claimed sole possession of first place in the region standings.
“I just told myself that I needed to be really patient at the plate because I knew eventually I was going to get my pitch, and I did,” said Sawyer, who drove in six of Canyon View’s runs, including three in the first inning that helped the Falcons run up an 8-0 lead to start the game.
“They were throwing strikes and we were just hitting it wherever it was.”
The patience paid off, as the offense came alive and did what head coach Kyle DeLange has been waiting for all season.
“I’ve been waiting for that hitting exposure to happen for our girls. That’s what they’re capable of doing,” DeLange said. “It was discouraging because they can hit like this and they just weren’t doing it. It finally got through to them today.”
Dixie starter Summer Simkins faced just seven batters, allowing six runs on four hits before being replaced by Kylee Mills with one out in the first inning.
Josie Platt picked up her 12th win for Canyon View (12-3), pitching four innings and allowing one run on four hits, while collecting seven strikeouts.
The game went Canyon View’s way from the start.
Sawyer’s leadoff homer set the tone and the rest of the team followed suit.
Brielle Nicholes’ RBI double made it 2-0 and Canyon View loaded the bases for Cheyenne Anderson.
Anderson hit a long fly ball that just missed the foul pole, but took the next pitch over the center field fence for a grand slam.
“The second pitch was in the same spot,” Anderson said. “I just got it a little better.”
The shot put the Falcons ahead 6-0, but they weren’t done yet.
Sawyer hit her second round-tripper with one on and two out, giving Canyon View a healthy 8-0 lead before the first frame had ended.
Sawyer came up to bat again in the third inning with two out and Jessica Jarvis and Shontae Clark on base.
Mills could have walked Sawyer to get to Kaitlyn DeLange, but chose to pitch to her instead. The result was Sawyer’s third home run and an 11-0 Canyon View lead.
Dixie picked up a run in the fourth inning on an RBI single from Mills that scored Shaunna Gelter, but the hole was already too deep for the Flyers.
Platt homered in the bottom half of the inning and Jarvis added an RBI single to bring the final count to 13-1.
CEDAR 14, SNOW CANYON 9: Javlyn Weaver homered twice and Sadie Leavitt added a grand slam in a six-run fourth inning as the Lady Reds held off the Warriors at home Thursday.
After Cedar (8-2 Region 9) scored twice in the first, Snow Canyon (8-3) committed one of its six errors with two out in the second, that kept the inning alive and led to four runs. Weaver made the Warriors pay with a three-run blast that extended the lead to 6-0.
Snow Canyon got a run back in the third on a solo home run, then scored five in the top of the fourth to temporarily tie the game at 6-6. Again, Cedar had a two-out answer in the bottom of the frame, and Leavitt brought the hammer when she crushed the first pitch she saw over the fence to push the Lady Reds in front at 12-6.
Weaver would add a solo home run in the fifth, finishing with six RBIs, and Leavitt wrapped up her five-RBI day with a run-scoring single in the sixth.