Wheelwright pitches shutout as Canyon View softball handles Dixie

Wheelwright pitches shutout as Canyon View softball handles Dixie

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Wheelwright pitches shutout as Canyon View softball handles Dixie

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Maybe Canyon View misses Region 9.

A day after getting blasted 12-0 in a Region 12 softball game by Juab, the Falcons came down to St. George on Thursday to play one of their old foes, the Dixie Flyers.

Pitcher Taylor Wheelwright made sure it went CV’s way as she tossed a complete game shut out in the Falcons’ 7-0 win.

The difference between Wednesday and Thursday came down to how they felt.

Wednesday they were anxious. Thursday they were more relaxed.

“They were laughing with each other and they had fun. That’s kind of what I want them to focus on is just coming out and playing softball,” CV coach Cristy Crane said.

Wheelwright had the same sentiment, saying the team was hoping to get back on its feet after a tough run of losses recently.

So she responded with one of her best outings of the season, giving up just two hits and one walk with four strikeouts.

“I owe a lot of that to my defense,” she said.

There were hardly any rough situations for Wheelwright to pitch out of apart from the third inning.

Dixie had runners at first and third with one out.

Catcher Kaytlyn Condie tagged a runner out at home plate after a ground ball to third, and Wheelwright forced a flyout to right field the next batter.

After that it was smooth sailing.

Recently, the Falcons have gone back to the strategy of having set goals per inning for their pitchers. One goal could be to have a 1-2-3 inning. Another could be to throw a certain pitch more often than others.

“Each inning was different and it kind of kept her more focused,” Crane said.

The return to that strategy made a big difference ford Wheelwright.

“That’s really helped because I have something to work for every inning rather than just go out there throwing,” Wheelwright said.

She retired the first six Flyers batters and didn’t give up a baserunner until the third inning.

By that time, the offense had already pummeled Dixie pitcher Kylee Mills for five runs in the first two innings.

Amber Francisco went 4 for 4 with 2 RBIs and McKayla Clark went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in the fourth inning for CV.

Several Falcons base runners were aided by poor defense by the Flyers.

“Sometimes we boot the ball around a little bit and give it away and we did that again today. We did the same thing against Pine View, but we fought ourselves back, we just didn’t fight back on this one,” Flyers head coach Dave Demas said.

Dixie is a young team, evidenced by the fact that a fair amount of players who played in the varsity game also played in the JV game right after. The Flyers have two seniors and six juniors.

A scary moment happened in the fourth inning.

Falcons’ shortstop Kylie Slack went to field a routine ground ball that took a wicked bounce and hit her just above her eye. She was taken out of the game, but didn’t sustain any serious injuries.

Dixie goes back to Region 9 play next Wednesday against Snow Canyon. Canyon View plays Richfield next Tuesday.

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