If this week’s games are a sign of things to come in Region 9 softball, Desert Hills might want to buckle up.
After nearly erasing a nine-run deficit at Cedar on Tuesday, Thunder third baseman Kodi Salisbury hit a two-run, go-ahead homer as the Thunder edged Hurricane, 11-10.
The Thunder overcame a handful of errors, a prolonged fifth inning and a resilient Tigers team.
“We gave them a lot of extra outs with the way we played defense and they’re a good team. They’re going to take advantage of that every time,” Desert Hills coach Brady Fonnesbeck said.
Hurricane and Desert Hills traded multi-run innings back-to-back, and back some more. The Tigers led 2-0 after the first inning.
The Thunder scored four runs in the top of the second, helped by a two-RBI double by catcher Morgynn Rosemeyer and a two-RBI double by pitcher Brianna St. Clair.
Hurricane scored three in the bottom of the second with Hayley Teta’s RBI double, a beeline for home base by Allan on a wild pitch and a sac-fly from Jaiden Smith.
Desert Hills responded and retook the lead in the top of the third when Megan Wiscombe belted a pitch to left field that appeared to bounce off the fence.
Both runners scored, and the Thunder led 6-5. They extended their lead to 8-5 in the fourth.
And then the bottom of the fifth inning happened, promptly grinding the game to a halt.
The Tigers trailed 8-5, had runners on second and third, no outs and Morgan Huntsman up to bat with a 1-1 count.
The field umpire called for timeout and conversed with the home plate umpire.
Eventually, Fonnesbeck and Tigers coach Gordon Dotson huddled with the umpires and assistant coaches near first base while the field umpire flipped through a rulebook.
“There were some interesting calls that we had to get talking about, and their pitcher works so slow anyway so it just kinda became a marathon,” Dotson said.
They were discussing St. Clair’s pivot foot, which Dotson reportedly argued that she needed to have both feet on the pitcher’s plate.
The umpires determined that she just needed a pivot foot on the mound.
To ease the tension of the lengthy stoppage, Rosemeyer trotted out to the pitcher’s mound and told St. Clair a joke, which had her fall over laughing.
When the at-bat finally resumed after the first-base convention, though, St. Clair’s rhythm was off.
Heather Stout scored on the next at-bat off an error by the shortstop. With two out, Jaquois Allan hit a first-pitch, two-RBI double to center field to tie the game 8-8.
A wild pitch on the next at-bat brought another runner home to make it 9-8 Tigers.
Thunder first baseman Shyann Reynolds dropped a throw that would’ve been the third out of the inning and Hurricane scored its 10th run.
At 6:10 p.m., a girl on the Hurricane JV team arrived thinking she was 10 minutes late and sprinted toward the Tigers dugout on the other side not knowing she’d actually be 35 minutes early.
St. Clair finally forced a groundout, ending the inning at 6:11 p.m. after it started around 5:40 p.m., around the time a game should’ve ended.
Still, the errors were on Fonnesbeck’s mind.
“After the fifth was over I got after the girls pretty good because we haven’t had a game all year where we’ve had more than 4 errors,” Fonnesbeck said.
Both coaches were frustrated with how the inning transpired. Dotson said it was ridiculous.
But Salisbury wiped away the frustration for the Thunder.
Trailing 10-9 with two outs and a 2-2 count, she hit a towering two-run home run to right-center field.
“I just had those butterflies and I was like, ‘All right, you know what I just gotta hit the ball,’ it just flowed,” Salisbury said.
Snow Canyon 10, Dixie 0
Camryn Johnson and Sonya Hardy combined for eight of the Warriors’ 14 hits on Tuesday as they cruised past the Flyers.
Johnson had 5 RBIs and fell a triple shy of hitting for the cycle.
Heather Prestwich pitched a complete game shutout, allowing three hits and striking out 11.
Cedar 7, Pine View 1
Cedar used a four-run seventh inning to pull away from the Panthers on Wednesday.
Abby Anderson had three hits and two RBIs for Cedar.