After an opening game win Friday, Snow Canyon’s 3A state tourney run came to a screeching halt, as the Warriors went down to Juab, 15-0 in four innings.
“We fell flat,” SC head coach Brandyn Sargent said. “Everything that could’ve gone wrong in the second game did.”
In their first game against Bear River, the Warriors relied on timely hitting and defense to edge out the Bears, 4-3.
Bear River jumped out to a 2-0 lead after two innings, but in the bottom of the third, Snow Canyon’s Shelbee Hutchings knocked in two runs with a sharp single up the middle.
Warrior shortstop Sonya Hardy, who ended up with two hits for Snow Canyon, doubled home left fielder Lauren Smith to give the Warriors the lead.
Preserving the lead was Smith, who made two impressive, ranging catches in the top in the fifth — the second of which she made over her head with her back up against the fence.
Pitcher Heather Prestwich took a 4-3 lead into the top of the seventh. With two runners on and two outs, she recorded her only strikeout of the game, sealing the win for the Warriors.
The Warriors’ relief was short lived, as Juab used a 10-run third inning to dispose of Snow Canyon in the second game.
Sargent said the elimination bracket wore out the team’s pitching.
“It’s hard to prepare to throw that many games,” Sargent said.
After losing their first tournament game, the Warriors won three games in a row before being eliminated.
“We played really well,” Sargent said. “I couldn’t be prouder.”
Canyon View survives losers’ bracket, advances to final day of competition
After falling to a 1-0 deficit against Toole in the first game, a three-run blast from center fielder Kenzie Sawyer put the Falcons up 3-1.
Tooele bounced back, scoring two runs in the third inning and a run in the fourth. In the sixth, Canyon View scored two runs to regain the lead.
Pitcher Josie Platt closed out the 5-4 Falcon victory, behind a sprinting catch by left fielder Taylor Wheelright.
Canyon View won its second game, 13-7, in extra innings, as the Falcons erupted for six runs in the eighth.
Falcon third baseman Cheyenne Anderson put Canyon View on the board early with a two-run home run. In the sixth inning, Platt, who also pitched the second game, helped out her own cause with a solo shot.
Entering the eighth inning tied at 7-7, Falcon hitters smacked six singles and drew two walks, as six Canyon View runners crossed home plate.
Carrying a 13-7 lead into the bottom of the eighth, the Falcons allowed just one run, winning 13-8.
“That could have gone either way for us,” CV head coach Kyle DeLange said. “That game really showed how mentally tough we are.”
In the last game of the day for Canyon View, the Falcons edged out Juab, 4-3, to advance to the last day of the tournament. The win capped an emotional day for the team.
“What a long day, but an exciting one as well,” DeLange said. “That took everybody’s heart.”
Defense was key for the Falcons. Although their defense wasn’t perfect, it was certainly clutch, as the team came up with highlight reel plays and timely stops to preserve a lead it held the whole game.
“We were very fortunate to get four runs and hold them to three,” DeLange said.
Whether it was second baseman Kaitlyn DeLange’s diving stop and snap throw for an out in the second, Anderson’s jumping snare to rob an extra base hit in the fifth, or Platt’s snare of a line drive to get out of a jam in the sixth, the Falcons held tight when they needed to.
Coach DeLange was especially proud of his battery for all three games — Platt and catcher Brielle Nichols.
“No rest for either one of them, all day,” he said. “They came through big for us.”
Canyon view will play Uintah in the semifinal Saturday at 10 a.m., with the winner facing Stansbury in the championship beginning at 12:30 p.m.