CEDAR CITY – Canyon View used a fifth-inning rally to put the cap on an 11-7 win over Cedar on Tuesday.
Kaitlyn DeLange hit two home runs, including a three-run blast that gave the Falcons enough of a cushion to hold off the Lady Reds and keep pace with Snow Canyon in the race for the Region 9 crown.
“Just getting base runners on helped us a lot,” DeLange said. “Our whole team came through for us. We came out and were ready to play.”
There was certainly no shortage of base runners as the teams combined for 32 hits, including six home runs in a contest that was nothing short of a prize fight on the diamond between two of the region’s best offenses.
Taylor Wheelwright pitched a complete game for Canyon View and never lost her composure, despite giving up 14 hits to the Redmen, who gave the Falcons as much as they could handle for seven innings.
“I owe everything to my pitching coach,” Wheelwright said. “She taught me to just brush it off and move on because you’ve got the next batter in the box.”
That resiliency was tested from the game’s inception as Hannah Williams sent one of Wheelwright’s first pitches over the fence for a leadoff home run and a quick 1-0 Cedar lead.
“The home run put us down a little bit,” said DeLange. “But we knew we were going to come back. We didn’t let it get us down enough where we couldn’t get back in it.”
The Falcons barely blinked at the deficit and quickly found themselves right back in the game as DeLange hit her first home run as the leadoff batter in the bottom of the inning.
Wheelwright and Kylee DeLange each singled following the homer and Canyon View grabbed the lead when Kelsee Hyatt sent one over the left field fence to give her team a 4-1 advantage.
Not to be outdone, Williams picked up her second round tripper in the top of the second inning, a two-run shot that narrowed Cedar’s gap to 4-3.
Cedar tied it at 4-4 in the top of the third on an RBI single from Brooke Westwood and the back-and-forth battle was on.
Amber Francisco knocked in a pair of runs in the bottom half to put Canyon View up 6-4 before Cedar scored three in the fourth to go ahead 7-6.
Sadie Leavitt had a home run in the rally and Marinn Whitney doubled, scoring Leavitt and Williams.
But that was all the runs Cedar would get as Wheelwright and the Canyon View defense turned up the heat.
KyLee DeLange’s sacrifice grounder knotted the score at 7-7 in the fourth inning and Canyon View took the lead for good at 8-7 on an RBI single from Francisco in the fifth.
Kaitlyn DeLange’s three-run homer two batters later put the final count at 11-7 and sent the Falcons to a 7-2 region record, just one win shy of first-place Snow Canyon (8-2) with three games remaining.
Canyon View travels to Desert Hills on Thursday before a showdown with the Warriors next Tuesday in what could be the final battle for Region 9 supremacy.
Snow Canyon 11, Dixie 1
Desert Hills 9, Hurricane 1
Dixie 2, Snow Canyon 1
Pine View 7, Hurricane 6
Enterprise 9, Delta 3
Pine View 6, Cedar 2
Dixie 2, Snow Canyon 1
Hurricane 2, Desert Hills 1