Friday afternoon softball games across the valley saw players, coaches, umpires, fans and trainers lift their heads skyward repeatedly with lightning threatening to delay or postpone one or all of the three scheduled games.
One game, Sky View at Logan, wound up having a delayed start before eventually being suspended in the third inning with the Grizzlies up 1-0 and Logan pitcher Nya Laing three innings into a no-hitter, with seven strikeouts already.
The game will be resumed on May 2 when Logan visits Sky View, where the two teams will essentially play a doubleheader by finishing Friday’s game and then the originally scheduled game for that day.
Region 12’s two other softball games were able to reach a conclusion. Ridgeline finished off a 15-0 drubbing of Green Canyon so fast that weather delays and cancellations were hardly even a blip on anyone’s radar.
The Riverhawks bludgeoned the Wolves with a 12-run first inning, making it through their entire batting order before GC could string together two outs. Aree Kidman, Tyler Thornton and Tia Washington belted home runs in the bottom of the first for Ridgeline.
Thornton, who had two at-bats in the first inning, led the Riverhawks with four RBIs, three coming on her second-inning homer. Washington, Brooklyn Anderson, Markessa Jensen and Ellie Mons each had multiple RBIs (Washington had three and the rest had two apiece). Washington, Mons and Kidman each went perfect at the plate, going a combined 7 for 7.
Jensen pitched three innings of no-hit ball for the Riverhawks, striking out three of the nine batters she face, while allowing none on base overall.
Bear River and Mountain Crest played to a more thrilling finish, going all seven innings with the Bears pulling out a 4-2 win on the road. The Bears jumped out to an early 2-0 lead with back-to-back hits in the first inning — a single and a double that each sent a runner across the plate.
Bear River later bumped it to 4-0 in the third inning before MC cut the lead back to two with a two-run home run by Brooklyn Clark over the center field fence.
The Mustangs suffered most of the game from an inability to get hits with runners on base, with the lone exception being Clark’s home run. Only three players got a hit Friday. Clark went 2 for 2, Teagan Hall was 2 for 3 and Emma Child got one hit on three at-bats.
Haylee Brown pitched all seven innings and fanned seven batters. She gave up seven hits, one of which was a home run, and walked two.
RIVERHAWKS 4, MUSTANGS 2Ridgeline took home the deciding game of the series between the Riverhawks and Mustangs and are now 5-1 in its last six games after a rough 2-4 start to region play.
Though the Riverhawks only managed four hits in the game, Mountain Crest gifted the visitors three errors. Two of those preceded a crazy sequence the sent in two Ridgeline runners and tied the game up 2-2. Conner Dahlke and Kyler Hansen advanced to third and second, respectively, on a wild pitch in the top of the fifth inning with zero outs. Dahlke then made it home with Hansen going to third on a balk by pitcher Hayden Simper. Ptallon Takis then grounded out at first, but sent Hansen home.
Ridgeline then scored a pair of runs in the seventh to edge ahead and take the win.
“That was a great win for us because we win the series against (MC) and it keeps us in the mix with the region standings,” RHS head coach Paul Bowler said. “Kyler started out a little slow, but got better and stronger each inning on the mound. He really pitched a good game, and we had solid defense behind him.
“(Austin) Pond has been great at second base all year and made a number of plays today. Dahlke got on with a walk, Kyler and Sawyer (Triplett) came up with big hits, and Jace (Ward) with a sac fly to score two runs. I am really proud of all of them.”
The Riverhawks (9-10, 7-5) got a triple from Dax Purser.
Meanwhile, after sweeping its first two region series, the Mustangs (13-8, 8-4) have now lost their last two series — first to Green Canyon, which supplanted MC as the first-place team in region, and now to the Riverhawks.
BEARS 9, GRIZZLIES 5
Bear River continues to plod along, keeping itself within striking distance of the region title with a climactic series against Green Canyon upcoming. The win Friday by the Bears (15-7, 8-4) completed a sweep of the Grizzlies, the second consecutive series sweep by Bear River, which is in the midst of a six-game win streak.
Logan opened the game with hot bats, scoring five runs in the top of the first inning. The Grizzlies got two players on via error then Dakota Jenson, Chris Shopbell and Zac Egbert hit back-to-back-to-back doubles to make it 4-0 before Egbert later scored via error to bring the score to 5-0.
However, after the error-driven five-run blast, the Grizzlies never made it back on the scoreboard and allowed Bear River to score in each of the first three innings, which erased the early advantage by the end of the third. BR led 7-5 entering the fourth inning and would tack on another pair of runs in the fifth for unneeded insurance.
Jenson shined at the plate as he doubled three times for the Grizzlies.