4A state softball: Region 9 has a bad day as 3 teams eliminated

Emma Bingham of Snow Canyon hits a solo home run for her team's only run of the game, Snow Canyon vs. Bear River, Spanish Fork, Utah, May 16, 2019 | Photo by Megan Cafarelli, St. George News / Cedar City News

SPANISH FORK — The first day of the 4A state softball tournament didn’t go well for Region 9 teams. Playing tough teams from the northern parts of the state, Cedar, Snow Canyon, and Canyon View all were eliminated on Thursday, going a collective 0-for-5 for the day.

In its first game, Cedar was run-ruled by Tooele, losing 10-0 in six innings. Tooele pitcher Attlyn Johnston was too much to handle for the Lady Reds, marking down 12 strikeouts, nine of which were over the first four innings.

With Cedar known for having one of the top offenses in the state, the loss was shocking, especially due to the fact that the Lady Reds didn’t score. The Lady Buffs will next play Bear River Friday at noon in the semifinals.

Dropping into the one-loss bracket, Cedar went on to play a close elimination game against Ridgeline, which they lost 5-3. The game was tied 1-1 after one and 2-2 after four innings, but Ridgeline pulled ahead in the fifth by loading the bases and smacking a couple base hits.

“We laid an egg, and we are sorry to Region 9,” an emotional Cedar head coach Chris Weaver said after the game. “For some reason we weren’t able to perform well up here.”

Nevertheless, Weaver said his team had a great year and is already looking forward to next year.

The Lady Reds ended their remarkable season with a 22-4 overall record, including going undefeated in region play for the third year in a row.

In other action at the Spanish Fork Complex, Region 9’s third-seeded Snow Canyon kept things close in their first game against Bear River for a majority of the game. In the fifth inning, however, lightning delayed the game with the score 7-1.

Canyon View runner Kenlee Clove rounds third base, Canyon View vs. Ridgeline, Spanish Fork, Utah, May 16, 2019 | Photo by Megan Cafarelli, St. George News / Cedar City News

The game picked up again after the delay with Bear River up to bat in the bottom of the fifth. The Lady Bears went on a hitting streak, scoring four more runs to end the game 11-1 on the 10-run mercy rule.

Emma Bingham scored Snow Canyon’s lone run with a solo dinger over the center field fence in the fourth. The brief rally continued as first baseman Megan Rodgers and shortstop Jael Wilde each hit a single with one out. However, the next two Warriors got out, leaving the score 4-1 for Bear River.

After the loss to Bear River, Snow Canyon dropped into the one-loss bracket to go up against Spanish Fork, where they lost 10-3. All three of the Lady Warriors’ runs came during a fourth inning rally sparked by Syd McCaul’s two-run single. The Warriors finished their year with a 17-9 overall record.

Finally, in the one-loss bracket Thursday afternoon, Region 9’s second-seeded Canyon View lost a tough game to Ridgeline, 5-1. Kenlee Clove scored the Lady Falcons’ only run on a base hit from Jordan Nielson, who also pitched the entire game. The Falcons ended their season with a record of 17-7.

— Written by Megan Cafarelli, with additional reporting by Jeff Richards

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