SPANISH FORK — It was a shorter stay than the Mustangs had hoped for.
Mountain Crest made it to the final eight of the 4A State Softball Championships. The Mustangs had their season come to an end after a lightening-delayed game against Spanish Fork. The Dons plated four runs in the sixth after trailing most of the game and escaped with a 6-4 win.
“We had a great year and had each other’s backs,” MC senior Haylee Brown said. “These last games have proved we have come a long way. ... I loved coming down here and seeing all the Cache Valley teams. We have a tough region.”
Brown felt the Mustangs kept fighting against Spanish Fork, but the Dons continually put pressure on Mountain Crest.
“They (Dons) chipped away and kept the pressure on,” Courtnee Maughan said. “We got ours in chunks.”
Mountain Crest (17-10) had built a 4-0 lead — scoring three runs in the first and one in the top of the fifth. Spanish Fork cut the deficit in half in the bottom of the fifth with a two-run homer.
In the sixth, the Dons scored a run to get within 4-3. With two outs, Spanish Fork loaded the bases. Two singles and a walk later, the home team was in front and a storm rolled in.
There was a lightening delay for more than 30 minutes.
“That definitely is hard to stop and then get going again,” Brown said.
When the teams returned, the Mustangs were able to stop the bleeding as the Dons left the bags juiced, but they had a 6-4 lead.
In the top of the seventh, Mountain Crest went down in order as the rain fell. It was the end of a successful season, but left the Mustangs hungry for more.
“We have had a great season, but like I’ve said before, you always want one more game, one more win,” Maughan said. “I told the girls you can’t hang your heads about it. It’s something to talk about that we are even here, where we are. No one expects anybody from up there (Region 12) to come down here and make it to the third round.”
The Dons finished with 11 hits, while the Mustangs had seven. Teagan Hall was 3 for 4, while Brown was 2 for 3 with a double.
In their first game of the day against Region 10 champion Uintah, it was a slugfest. Both teams finished with 13 hits. The Mustangs plated three runs in the bottom of the sixth to build some breathing room and win, 8-5.
Brown had a monster game as she hit two home runs, was 3 for 3 at the plate and was intentionally walked on her fourth plate appearance.
“Intentional walks have never happened to me before, but I guess you have proven yourself,” said Brown, who also struck out seven.
Hall, a freshman, also had three hits, including two doubles and a home run. She started the scoring in the sixth with a RBI single. Brooklyn Clark brought home two insurance runs wit ha double.
“That was a heck of a ball game,” Maughan said of the win against the Utes. “We made the defensive plays when we needed to. They (Utes) earned every run they got. We were able to execute and come out on top.”
Brown got the scoring started in the bottom of the first with an RBI double after Ana Tidrow had doubled. Maysen Bryson made it 2-0 with a RBI double.
The Utes scored four runs in the top of the second, but the Mustangs got a run back in the third on Brown’s first homer. Hall and Brown hit solo shots in the fourth to put Mountain Crest back in front.
It was a wild one right down to the last out.
“We are going to miss these seniors,” Maughan said.