A five-run third inning was more than enough for the Canyon View softball team to get past Desert Hills on a gusty Tuesday afternoon.
The Falcons’ 9-2 victory showcased a powerful lineup that produced seven different players garnering at least one RBI. This kind of offensive firepower has been a real strength for Canyon View during its nine-game win streak.
The Falcons — which entered the matchup tied with Snow Canyon atop the Region 9 standings — have scored the second most runs in league play. More importantly, Canyon View appears to be getting stronger as the season goes on, outscoring foes by a combined margin of 88-22 since March 25.
“We got to win out,” CV head coach Kyle DeLange said. “We’ve pretty much solidified a playoff spot, so now it’s about getting the best seed possible. … We’re not completely satisfied with how we’re playing right now, though, as I think we still have plenty of room to grow and improve.”
After a slow start, Canyon View (8-2, 14-4) found its rhythm against Desert Hills’ hurler Kodi Barlow in the third.
The momentum seemed to shift after a tough collision between Barlow and catcher Corrin Grantham on a foul ball play near home plate. From that point on, the righty struggled to find the same consistency she had shown in the previous two innings.
Canyon View took advantage and placed runners on first and second with just one out. Brielle Nicholes capitalized with a line drive double over Desert Hills’ shortstop, which scored two Falcons.
Moments later — and with runners at the corners — Jess Jarvis lined out to center field, scoring Nicholes to put the Falcons up, 3-0.
“I was able to make good contact and drive it,” Nicholes said. “Our biggest strength as a team is offense. We have the ability to hit one through nine and give our ace (Josie Platt, who earned the win Tuesday) plenty of run support. I do think we’ve been a little too aggressive at the plate lately, chasing balls out of the strike zone, so that’s something we need to work on going forward.”
The Falcons soon added to their lead against the Thunder.
Cheyenne Anderson followed that sequence up with a RBI triple to right center and Taylor Wheelwright capped the spurt with an RBI single, increasing the advantage to 5-0 in favor of the road team.
For Desert Hills, the loss was not ideal as it dropped the Thunder to 3-6 in Region 9 (8-10 overall) and prevented them from making up ground on Dixie for the fourth and final playoff seed.
Canyon View has just two region contests left, starting with a road trip to Dixie (Thursday) and a home date with Hurricane (April 29).
CEDAR 5, PINE VIEW 3: Javlyn Weaver had two hits and scored two runs, and the Lady Reds scored in every inning except the second to hold off the Panthers at home.
Marinn Whitney went the distance in the circle for Cedar, scattering 11 hits as they improved to 7-2 in Region 9 and kept pace in the race for first place with three games to play.
SNOW CANYON 9, DIXIE 1: The Warriors tallied three runs in each of the first two innings, added two more runs in the bottom of the third inning, and coasted to an easy 9-1 victory over Dixie (5-4, 8-10) Tuesday afternoon.
Heather Prestwich pitched a complete game for Snow Canyon (8-2, 12-4), allowing only three hits and striking out five batters. Madison Mooring went 2 for 2 at the plate, with two RBIs, including a home run.