For the second consecutive year, Snow Canyon and Tooele met in the consolation bracket with both programs needing a win in order to keep their championship hopes alive.
And just like last year, the Lady Buffs’ high-powered offense was too much to overcome in a 12-7 loss for the Warriors.
“Tooele is a great team, and we knew they could hit the ball,” Snow Canyon head coach Tracee Heaton said. “We had our opportunities but weren’t able to finish like they (Tooele) were able to do.”
Tooele led right from the start as the Buffs jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the top of the first.
Snow Canyon battled back in the bottom of the third as the Warriors cut the deficit to 3-2. With the bases loaded, Camryn Johnson brought in Courtney Averett for the first run of the game for Snow Canyon with an infield base hit. Sonya Hardy then added another run after stealing home on a wild pitch.
The Buffs answered an inning later to go up 4-2, before the Warriors cut the deficit again to one at 4-3. Nikenna Durante started off the inning with a base hit and advanced to second after Mada Mooring was hit by a pitch. Johnson added her second RBI of the game with another infield single.
But that’s as close as the Warriors would get as Tooele rolled off eight runs in the top of the sixth thanks to a two-run home run by Siearrah Anderson as well as several errors made by Snow Canyon.
The Warriors did add four runs in the bottom half of the inning but couldn’t get anything going offensively in the seventh as the Buffs celebrated the victory jumping up and down in the pitcher’s circle.
The loss certainly doesn’t define the season for the Warriors who won its second consecutive Region 9 title.
“It’s never fun losing, but we still had a great year, Heaton said. “I told the kids (seniors) afterwards that this is just another chapter of your life and whatever the end up choosing to do they are going to be successful.”
Snow Canyon loses five seniors to graduation but should make another run at the state title next year with a number of starters returning.
“Those seniors changed the program and have helped shape the direction of it,” Heaton added. “We’re just going to keep building off of that and I’m grateful for what they’ve taught us.”