CEDAR CITY – The tying run was at bat for the Hurricane High School softball team after scoring two runs in the top of the seventh inning against Canyon View.
The ball popped up and was caught for the final out of the game, and the Tigers’ comeback bid was cut short. The Falcons won 9-6 after scoring five runs in the second and four runs in the sixth.
CV head coach Kyle DeLange was just happy with the win.
“In Region 9, anything can happen, and we kind of had a light practice yesterday and I was hoping the kids didn’t get the idea I was giving them a day off or anything, and they came out, and they played well,” DeLange said. “We were working on a lot of things that we’ve been doing with our hitting. It was a little bit of a challenge for them to get through today’s game, but we were able to get nine runs and that’s where we wanted to get.”
After a quick first inning with no runs, the second inning started out with two singles for Hurricane. The inning seemed to start a spurt as the Tigers would score two runs, and the Falcons would score five runs.
Kaitlyn DeLange hit a two RBI double and then scored after stealing third and home on a error throw to third to catch her stealing.
“I thought we came into the game strong,” Kaitlyn DeLange said. “We played a good game, and we hit a lot. I just know that if I have baserunners in front of me, I need to hit the ball hard and move them and score them. I just get ready and I think, ”stay relaxed in the box and just hit the ball.'”
Hurricane head coach Gordon Dotson was disappointed with the loss, but is keeping his head up for the future.
“It’s frustrating, we’re young and we’re just trying to develop and get better,” Hurricane head coach Gordon Dotson. “We still made some easy mistakes and we had three critical base-running errors. You make those critical errors and mental errors; it’s just hard to overcome sometimes.”
The entire game was plagued with errors on both sides of the ball. Canyon View had four errors which led to four runs for the Tigers. Hurricane had two errors and a few wild pitches that helped Canyon View get its lead.
“We had too many errors,” Kyle DeLange said. “We gave them six runs. Hurricane did a nice job against us. We’re just happy to have a win.”
After four runs for the Falcons in the sixth inning, Hurricane ended the game with all it could muster though as the Tigers were down 9-3 and came back with two outs to put the tying run at the plate, only to fall just short.
Hurricane next plays against Desert Hills on Tuesday in Hurricane.
“We just trying to be mentally tough and mentally prepared for a game,” Dotson said. “Then, when mistakes happen, we just need to flush it and get it out of our system and move on. We’re preparing for each game to play the top game.”
Canyon View has a weekend slate against Bishop Gorman and Palo Verde high schools before returning to Region 9 play against Dixie on Friday, April 17.
Pine View 9, Cedar 8
Snow Canyon 10, Desert Hills 0