It may have been April Fools, but Friday’s softball game was no laughing matter for Snow Canyon (8-0, 3-0 Region 9) star pitcher Heather Prestwich.
The senior allowed just two hits while striking out 10 as Warriors went on the road and came home with a 4-0 victory over Pine View (6-6, 1-2 Region 9).
The Panthers loaded the bases twice in both the first and fifth innings, but couldn’t push any runs across the plate as Prestwich got timely strikeouts to get out of the jam.
“I was pretty nervous, to be honest,” Prestwich said. “But I trusted in my teammates that they would make plays and they did. I’m just glad that we could find a way to win because Pine View is a good team and they beat us last year too. So it was nice to get some revenge.”
With no outs and with a runner on first in the bottom of the seventh, the Panthers looked like they were going to put together one last rally before Mada Mooring made a sweet double play. Prestwich got Kamree Becker to hit a sharp liner to Mooring, who quickly tagged the runner going to second and then threw to first to end any comeback attempt made by the Panthers.
“Mada is so good and made a great double play,” Prestwich said. “She never makes any errors and it’s comforting as a pitcher to have players like that on the team.”
Despite beating teams by an average of more than eight runs a game — including a pair of win over 5A schools — the Warriors knew the Panthers would prove to be a big test.
“It’s a whole new ballgame when region play starts,” Snow Canyon head coach Tracee Heaton said. “Coming here you really have to be on you’re a game and be prepared both mentally and physically because it’s such a tough place to play.”
SC’s Sammy Johnston brought in the first run of the game with an RBI single to center to bring home Mooring in the top of the second. The Warriors then added runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh inning to pull away.
Camryn Johnson brought in a run with a shot to left field, Sonya Hardy has two doubles and Mooring stole home to put the icing on the cake for Snow Canyon.
Pine View’s third baseman Britain Nielson had a great day for the Panthers with a great double play in the third. Nielson didn’t let anything go as the Warriors ended the day with its second-lowest output of the season and six runs bellows its average.
Jordan Gosik pitched seven strong innings for the Panthers and had the Warriors off balance with off-speed pitches and a nasty changeup.
“Jordan pitched her guts out today,” Pine View assistant coach Kerry Cox said. “It’s unfortunate that we couldn’t score to help her out. We left a lot of girls on base today and that’s been our biggest challenge so far this season. We just need to get those key hits when we get runners on base.”
Up next for the Panthers is a home game against Hurricane at 4 p.m. The undefeated Warriors will host Desert Hills Tuesday and will also start at 4 p.m.
Desert Hills 4, Dixie 3
After falling to Cedar in the Region 9 opener, Desert Hills (12-3, 2-1 Region 9) has now won two consecutive games with another thrilling one-run victory.
The Thunder will now go on the road to play Snow Canyon and Dixie (2-12, 0-3 Region 9) travels up north to take on Cedar (6-4, 2-0 Region 9) Tuesday.
Cedar 9, Hurricane 3
The Lady Reds scored six runs in the top of the first to cruise to a 9-3 road victory over Hurricane. With the win, Cedar stays perfect in region play and is now tied with Snow Canyon atop the standings.
Reagan Urquidez went three-for-four with a triple and an RBI and Brighton Holyoak pitched a complete game, striking out nine batters in the win.