Softball roundup: Lady Thunder climb into playoff contention with road win at Pine View

Desert Hills at Pine View, St. George, Utah, April 4, 2014 | Photo by Dave Amodt, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — Desert Hills is sailing into some uncharted territory.

Desert-Hills-smPine-view-smThe Lady Thunder won a road game for the second time this region season and are starting to look a lot like a playoff team with Friday’s 4-1 victory at Pine View.

Kodi Barlow pitched a gem and the Desert Hills defense played error-free in the victory, which put the Lady Thunder at 3-2 in region, in fourth place, but just a game behind region leaders Snow Canyon and Cedar and a half-game behind Canyon View.

DH was in control throughout, scoring a pair of runs in the first inning and another in the second for an early 3-0 advantage. The Thunder added an insurance run in the fourth inning for a 4-0 edge.

Desert Hills at Pine View, St. George, Utah,  April 4, 2014 | Photo by Dave Amodt, St. George News
Desert Hills at Pine View, St. George, Utah, April 4, 2014 | Photo by Dave Amodt, St. George News

Meanwhile, Barlow was keeping PV batters off-balance while scattering eight hits through the seven innings. Pine View’s lone blast of offense came off the bat of Britain Nielson, who hit a solo home run in the bottom of the sixth inning.

DH, 8-6 overall, had nine hits in the game. The Lady Thunder host defending region champion Snow Canyon Tuesday in a key region match-up at DHHS.

Pine View, 5-7 overall and 1-4 in region, plays at Dixie Tuesday. The Lady Panthers have lost four straight.

Cedar 8, Dixie 0

cedar-smdixie-smMarinn Whitney pitched a shutout and got lots of run support Friday afternoon in the home victory.

The Lady Reds scored five runs in the second inning and then added three insurance runs later in the game in cruising to the easy win.

With the victory, Cedar pulls into a tie with Snow Canyon for first in region at 4-1. Cedar is 6-7 overall. The Lady Reds play at Hurricane Tuesday.

For Dixie, the defeat sends the Lady Flyers down to fifth place in region at 2-3. Dixie is 5-9 overall. The Lady Flyers host Pine View Tuesday.

Canyon View 18, Hurricane 0

canyon-view-smhurricane-smJaycee Slack and Kenzie Sawyer both homered as the Lady Falcons broke out the big bats in the rout of Hurricane.

CV needed the win to keep pace a half-game behind Cedar and Snow Canyon in the region playoff race. The Lady Falcons, winners of four straight after starting region 0-2, are 9-4 overall. They have a bye Tuesday and start the second half of region play at Snow Canyon next Friday.

Hurricane, 4-9 overall and 0-5 in region, is home vs. Cedar Tuesday.

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