By Shawn Harrison
Before the start of the 4A state playoffs, Logan head softball coach Kim Laing told her players they were good enough to make it to the Spanish Fork Complex.
In order to do that, the Grizzlies had to win at least one game. Being the fourth seed from Region 12, Logan would be underdogs going in to win a game period.
The Grizzlies didn’t worry about that and pulled off the biggest upset of the first day with a 8-6 win in eight innings against Region 10 champion Uintah on the Utes home field in Vernal.
“What a team win,” Laing said. “Everyone contributed to this win.”
Mia Marin hit a two-run homer in the extra inning, and Logan scored four times in the eighth, taking an 8-4 lead. That was a good thing as the Utes showed why they are one of the top-ranked teams in the state heading into the playoffs.
Uintah scored two runs in the bottom of the eighth to make it interesting, but suffered just its fourth loss of the season to the disappointment of many fans.
Pershelle Rohrer got the start in the circle and struck out nine. Nya Laing took over in the sixth.
Logan couldn’t keep the momentum going in the second game of the day. The Grizzlies fell to Snow Canyon, 9-3, and will now be in the elimination bracket next Thursday. However, they will be playing at the Spanish Fork Complex.
Nya Laing had seven strikeouts in the second game.
For the day, Kam Laing had an on-base percentage of .800.
Logan (16-11-2) takes on Lehi (17-14), who bounced back from a first-round loss against Mountain Crest to beat Park City, 13-3. The Grizzlies and Pioneers will meet at 1:30 p.m.
“The girls played great,” coach Laing said. “It was a fun environment to be in. Everyone stepped up and played well on the turf. We can’t wait to play again on Thursday.”
MOUNTAIN CREST SPLITS
Mountain Crest (16-9) got a little revenge to open the state tournament at Cedar City.
Lehi had eliminated the Mustangs last year, but this time Mountain Crest came out on top, 4-2. The Mustangs got big plays from two freshmen as Emma Child and Teagan Hall came up big.
“We came out with a lot of energy and excitement against a tough Lehi team,” MC head coach Courtnee Maughan said. “Our defense got caught off guard a couple times in the top of the first but were able to bounce back and play solid the rest of the way and continue to put pressure on and score a few runs. It was fun to see two freshman (Child and Hall) get their first varsity home runs especially in such a high pressure situation.”
Trailing 1-0, the Mustangs knotted the score in the bottom of the second when Child gave the ball a ride out of the park.
Once again the Mustangs were trailing by a run in the bottom of the fourth and tied the score when Maysen Bryson and Child drew walks with two outs. Bryson stole third and scored on an error.
In the fifth, Joci Bradford led off with a single. She was brought home when Hall smacked a homer over the fence in center.
Haylee Brown got the win in the circle and also had a double.
The Mustangs then had to face the hosts, who bombed Park City 15-0. Mountain Crest scored two in the top of the first when Hall got on base, was moved by Madison Bertagnolli’s single and scored on a wild pitch. Brown swatted a RBI single to make it 2-0.
However, Cedar (22-2) scored three in the bottom of the first and finished it off with 10 runs in the fourth.
“We came out ready to roll, and I love that we were able to capitalize and score a couple runs in the top of the first,” Maughan said. “Cedar is a great hitting team, you are gonna have to score runs to keep up with them and we kind of ran out of steam.”
Now the Mustangs will turn their attention to Uintah (21-4) next Thursday.
Ridgeline (18-12) bounced back after a tough start.
The Riverhawks fell to Spanish Fork, 7-0, to start the tournament. The Dons (22-7) scored early and never looked back. Ridgeline had five errors and just five hits, two from Tyler Thornton.
In an elimination game, the Riverhawks took on Desert Hills and advanced with a 6-3 victory.
“Today, I started to see this team’s character,” Ridgeline head coach Mike Anderson. “With their backs against the wall and no place to go but home, they came together and extended their season. Sometimes our best play finally comes out when the season is truly one and done.”
Ridgeline plated three runs in the bottom of the second. Laci Leishman led off with a single, followed by a single from Izzy Telford and Kenzee Hale. The Riverhawks then scored their three runs off three errors.
The Thunder tied up the game in the top of the fifth with three runs, as Ridgeline took its turn with three errors. Addi Betts drilled a three-run homer to even the contest.
In the bottom of the sixth, the Riverhawks got a lead off double from Aree Kidman. Telford walked and Hale singled between a run scoring on a wild pitch. Elizabeth Mons had an RBI single, and Markessa Jensen brought in the third run with a sacrifice fly.
Thornton, Kidman, Telford and Hale each had two hits apiece as the team had 10 base knocks. Tia Washington struck out eight to get the win in the circle.
The Riverhakws will take on Canyon View (17-6) next Thursday.