Region 9 softball: Pine View protects home field; Warriors rip Cedar

Thunder base runner Shelby Reynolds slides safely in to second base, Desert Hills vs. Pine View, Softball, St. George, Utah, Mar. 24, 2015 | Photo by Robert Hoppie, ASPpix.com, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — Pine View and Canyon View took care of business on their home fields, while Snow Canyon rebounded from its first loss to blow away Cedar on a windy day in Iron County. It was a day filled with home runs, rallies and even one walk-off hit. The turn of events left the Lady Reds, Panthers and Warriors all tied at 2-1 in region play, with the Falcons at 2-0.

Here’s a recap of the day’s wild action:

Pine View 10, Desert Hills 6

Whatever momentum Pine View had from Friday’s rousing 8-7 come-from-behind victory over Snow Canyon was erased in short order by Desert Hills Tuesday afternoon with a 3-run rally in the top of the first inning against PV. So the Panthers had to create some new momentum, scoring six runs of their own in the bottom of the first and never looking back.

Pine-view-smDesert-Hills-sm“We knew we just had to pick ourselves up after that first half-inning,” said Addison Horspool, who pitched the win for PV and also had two huge hits and three RBIs. “We weren’t mad or upset. We knew we just had to go out there with our bats and make up for it.”

The response was almost immediate for the Panthers after giving up the three to D-Hills on just one hit. Madi Green led off with a walk, followed by singles from Laikin Paxman and Horspool. The Horspool single made it 3-1 and Ashlyn Gubler made it 3-2 on a fielder’s choice. Kayla Leavitt walked and then two more runs came home on a Desert Hills error, making it 4-3 with still no one out.

Addi Horspool makes contact for the Panthers, Desert Hills vs. Pine View, Softball, St. George, Utah, Mar. 24, 2015 | Photo by Robert Hoppie, ASPpix.com, St. George News
Addi Horspool makes contact for the Panthers, Desert Hills vs. Pine View, Softball, St. George, Utah, Mar. 24, 2015 | Photo by Robert Hoppie, ASPpix.com, St. George News

A fifth run scored on a sacrifice fly by Jazmyn Knowles, the first out of the inning. After a strikeout, Madi Bentley made it 6-3 with an RBI single. The lead went to 8-3 in the second inning on a 2-run single by Kamree Becker.

The Lady Thunder didn’t quit, though, and closed to within 8-5 on an RBI by Kodi Salisbury and a PV error in the fifth. But Horspool’s 2-run double in the bottom of the fifth pretty much iced the victory for PV, which improved to 4-5 overall.

Madi Green fields a ground ball for the Panthers, Desert Hills vs. Pine View, Softball, St. George, Utah, Mar. 24, 2015 | Photo by Robert Hoppie, ASPpix.com, St. George News
Madi Green fields a ground ball for the Panthers, Desert Hills vs. Pine View, Softball, St. George, Utah, Mar. 24, 2015 | Photo by Robert Hoppie, ASPpix.com, St. George News

“We’re playing with more confidence than we were early on,” PV coach Randy Green said. “The girls are starting to understand that if we get ourselves in trouble, we can get ourselves out. We’re learning to not push the panic button and understand that we can score runs, too.”

Horspool finished with two hits, a walk, two runs scored and three RBIs. Madi Green also had a double and scored twice. Pine View has won two straight and plays at Hurricane Friday afternoon.

Ashlee File had two hits and scored twice for D-Hills, which dropped to 4-9 overall and 1-2 in region. The Lady Thunder are off Friday and play at Canyon View next Tuesday.

Snow Canyon 16, Cedar 2

The Lady Warriors unleashed a home run barrage Tuesday afternoon, going yard five times on the windy day at CHS.

snow-canyon-smcedar-smThere’s no doubt SC can put up runs, having scored at least 12 runs in six of eight games in 2015. But the Warriors hit the road Tuesday coming off a disappointing loss against Pine View and facing a red-hot Cedar team. Go figure.

Snow Canyon's  home run crew. | Photo courtesy Snow Canyon Athletics
Snow Canyon’s home run crew. | Photo courtesy Snow Canyon Athletics

This one was never close as Snow Canyon just feasted on Cedar pitching. Mada Mooring homered twice and Sonya Hardy, Shelbee Hutchings and Katelyn Flowers all went deep in the rout, which halted a five-game winning streak by the Lady Reds.

Heather Prestwich got the win for Snow Canyon, which improved to 7-1 overall and 2-1 in region play. The Warriors play at home against Dixie Friday afternoon.

Cedar, 6-5 overall and 2-1 in region, is home for Canyon View Friday afternoon.

Canyon View 4, Dixie 3

Kelsee Hyatt picked the perfect time to hit her first home run. The sophomore ended the game with a homer in the bottom of the seventh, a walk-off victory for the Lady Falcons.

canyon-view-smdixie-smIt is the third straight win after starting the year 0-6 for Canyon View. The Falcons, 2-0 in region, are a half-game ahead of the Panthers, Lady Reds and Warriors heading into Friday’s game at Cedar.

Dixie, which dropped to 3-5 overall and 0-2 in region play, will head to Snow Canyon for a battle Friday afternoon.

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