Road teams roll to victory as Region 9 softball opens regular season

Cedar's Kelsi Oldroyd puts the ball in play against Dixie, St. George, Utah, March 19, 2019 | Photo courtesy of Jennifer Weaver, St. George News / Cedar City News

CEDAR CITY — Visiting teams cruised to easy wins in all three of the Region 9 softball matchups Tuesday, the opening day of the regular season. Cedar won at Dixie, Canyon View won at Hurricane and Snow Canyon shut out Pine View.

Cedar 12, Dixie 2
At Dixie, the Cedar Lady Reds defeated the Flyers 12-2 in six innings. The game was originally scheduled to be played at Cedar City but the venue was switched to Dixie High due to soggy field conditions in Cedar.

Cedar shortstop Japrix Weaver doubled to lead off the top of the first inning. Kelsi Oldroyd then followed with a double on the next pitch, and Brittnie Simcox drove in Oldroyd to give the Lady Reds an early 2-0 lead.

Cedar went on to add more runs in the third, fifth and six innings, eventually building the 10-run lead that ended the game one inning early.

The Lady Reds amassed 12 hits. Denim Henkel and Simcox each belted a solo home run.

For Dixie, Kylee Terrell hit a solo homer in the fifth inning.

Starting pitcher Kenzie Waters threw all six innings and picked up the win for Cedar, while Dixie starter Joslyn Bundy took the loss.

Canyon View 6, Hurricane 0
At Hurricane, Canyon View senior Jordan Nielson threw a complete game one-hitter, as the Falcons shut out the Lady Tigers 6-0.

Neither team scored in the first three innings, but Canyon View’s Sidney Webster knocked a three-run homer in the top of the fourth to put the Falcons ahead 3-0.

Canyon View added its other three runs in the sixth inning.

Chantell Pearson pitched the entire game for Hurricane, giving up six hits and striking out seven.

“Chantell pitched well tonight,” said Hurricane head coach Chris Hurst. “We had a few errors that really hurt us today that we will need to work to clean up. Our bats were a little cold tonight and Canyon View made some good defensive plays when we did hit the ball hard.”

Snow Canyon’s Emma Bingham hits a home run, Snow Canyon at Pine View softball, St. George, Utah, March 19, 2019 | Photo by Dave Larson, St. George News

Snow Canyon 12, Pine View 0
At Pine View, the Snow Canyon Lady Warriors posted a decisive 12-0 win over the Panthers. Starting pitcher Payten Jensen went the distance for Snow Canyon, allowing just two hits, no walks and striking out 12.

The Warriors got on the board in the top of the first, thanks to a bases-loaded double by Kambrie Stuart that brought in three runs to make it 3-0.

Snow Canyon picked one run in the third inning and a couple more runs in the fourth, thanks to a two-run homer by Emma Bingham.

The Warriors invoked the mercy rule by adding six more runs in the fifth, getting four singles, a sacrifice fly and having two batters reach base safely on errors.

Pitcher Audrey Lester took the loss for Pine View.

Region 9 softball standings
Snow Canyon 1-0 (8-2)
Cedar 1-0 (9-2)
Canyon View 1-0 (8-1)
Desert Hills 0-0 (8-3)
Dixie 0-1 (7-4)
Hurricane 0-1 (7-2)
Pine View 0-1 (4-4)

Friday’s schedule is as follows: Pine View plays at Canyon View at 3:30 p.m., Desert Hills plays at Hurricane at 4 p.m., and Snow Canyon plays at Dixie at 4 p.m., with Cedar having a bye.

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