Tuesday’s non-region matchup with South Sevier served as a wake-up call for Parowan.
With their postseason standing already determined and a first-round matchup with San Juan scheduled for Thursday, Parowan looked to pick up some momentum in their regular-season finale.
South Sevier faced a similar situation, needing to snap a four-game losing skid before its playoff meeting with Duchesne.
South Sevier accomplished its goal while Parowan was left with a 17-4 beating on its home field that raised some questions about its playoff readiness.
Ashley Rice pitched five innings for Parowan, which fell behind quickly and was never able to recover, ending the season with an overall record of 12-10 and a 6-6 mark in Region 13.
“We beat Enterprise (on April 25), and there was a lot of emotion there,” head coach Doug Rogerson said. “I don’t know what’s changed. It’s hard to get them to focus and get back where we were.”
It was the second straight loss for Parowan since the big win against the Wolves in the region closer almost two weeks ago.
Parowan definitely lost some steam, but the players kept their composure, remaining confident they are ready to make a run at a state title.
“I feel if we work together and we know how to play together, we’ll do well,” said right fielder Alyssa Packwood. “We rallied against Enterprise; why can’t we rally at state?”
Packwood got Parowan on the board in the fourth inning with an RBI single that scored Shelby Bartlett and Ally Simpson.
South Sevier pitcher Sami Lindgren had done well in keeping Parowan off the bags to that point, allowing only five batters to reach base over four innings before Packwood was able to find a pitch she liked.
“(Lindgren) likes to throw a lot of rise balls and when I got ahold of it, I knew it was going to go,” Packwood said.
It was a marginal victory considering South Sevier already had an 11-0 lead but it helped avoid a shutout and provided Parowan with a little bit of confidence.
“It makes you feel good,” said Bartlett who was the first Parowan player to cross the plate. “You want to be able to get out there and do everything to help your team win.”
Bartlett drove in both of Parowan’s remaining runs with a double in the bottom of the fifth inning that scored Shelby Fiack and Kelsey Wilkey and brought the final count to 17-4.
The game was decided almost from the very start with South Sevier blowing it open in the top of the first inning.
A leadoff double by Dacey Mattinson followed by a triple from Lindgren and a single from Brielle Chisholm put the score at 2-0 before the first out was recorded.
South Sevier pushed the lead to 6-0 on five more hits in the inning, and Chisholm added two more RBIs with a double that made it 8-0.
Three more runs in the fourth inning and six more in the fifth put the cap on the game and sent both teams into the postseason in very different directions.