Last Saturday was an eventful one for all five of Cache County’s prep softball programs as they all competed in at least three games at the Ridgeline Invitational.
Ridgeline led the way with three wins — including a big 1-0 shutout of two-time defending 3A champion Grantsville. Logan went undefeated in its four games, although two of them ended in ties.
Ridgeline: In addition to beating Grantsville, the Riverhawks reigned supreme against Payson, 9-6, and Roy, 4-0 . Ridgeline’s lone setback was to Farmington, 6-0.
A Kenzee Hale RBI double in the bottom of the second was the difference for Ridgeline against Grantsville. Tia Washington shined in the circle for the Riverhawks as she went the full seven innings, scattered seven hits, struck out five and walked two.
Izzy Telford had a monster day at the plate in Ridgeline’s triumph over Payson. Telford homered twice, driving in four runs in the process. Aree Kidman chipped in with a pair of hits for the Riverhawks, who got three RBIs from Washington, a triple from Tyler Thornton and a double from Markessa Jensen.
Washington pitched another complete-game shutout against Roy. The Royals only managed a pair of hits off Washington, who fanned six and walked one. Ridgeline scored three of its runs in the first frame and got a pair of runs from Thornton.
The Riverhawks were limited to one base knock against Farmington, which was a double by future Utah State Aggie Thornton.
Ridgeline also played a non-region game Monday and lost at home to Davis, 4-2. Ellie Mons belted a two-run homer in the bottom of the second to give the Riverhawks (15-9) a 2-0 lead. Washington doubled and struck out seven batters in seven innings for the Riverhawks.
Logan: The Grizzlies (11-8-2) were rock solid at the plate in wins against Maple Mountain, 8-3, and Farmington, 12-2. Logan battled its way to ties against Grand, 5-5, and Region 5 leader Bountiful, 4-4.
Nya Laing got the job done at the plate and in the circle against Maple Mountain. Laing doubled, singled and drove in a pair of runs. The senior only allowed two earned runs in seven innings, struck out five and issued zero free passes.
Laing, younger sister Kamryn, Joci Norris and Cheyenne Weekes finished with two hits apiece against Bountiful. Nya Laing doubled and added two RBIs, while Weekes scored twice. Pershelle Rohrer went the distance in the circle for the Grizzlies, only allowed four hits and one earned run, fanned four and walked four.
Mia Marin was unstoppable offensively against Farmington as she racked up four base knocks and drove in five runs. Weekes contributed two hits and four runs for the Grizzlies, who got doubles from Nya Laing and Marin. Nya Laing pitched all seven innings, gave up five hits, fanned eight and walked none.
Amaya Maes tripled, singled, scored once and drove in a run against Grand. Nya Laing belted a two-run bomb in the first inning for Logan, which received a solid pitching performance from Rohrer.
Mountain Crest: The Mustangs started their tournament with wins over Maple Mountain, 6-4, and Layton, 6-1. The Mustangs (13-7) were defeated by Grantsville, 8-3, in their third and final game.
The Mustangs racked up 11 hits against Layton, including two apiece from Maysen Bryson and Joci Bradford. Bryson and Brooklyn Clark doubled, and Clark drove in a pair of runs. Haylee Brown limited the Lancers to one run in seven innings. She sat down nine batters and walked four.
Six Mustangs recorded a hit against Maple Mountain. Teagan Hall tripled, while Emma Child and Brown doubled, and Brown also had two RBIs.
Ana Tidrow contributed two hits and two runs against Grantsville, while Brown and Bradford doubled.
Green Canyon: The Wolves (4-17-1) went 0-3-1 at the tournament, falling to Grand, Hunter and Morgan, and battling their way to a 5-5 deadlock with Northridge.
Kenna Peterson singled twice and Jerica Blotter doubled against Grand. The Wolves hit the ball better against Northridge and Morgan as they amassed nine base knocks in each of those contests.
Kourtney Caldwerwood, Maddie Peterson and Blotter each smacked a pair of hits and all three players drove in one run against Northridge. Peterson scored twice, and Kymmie McClimans went the distance in the circle.
Morgan Gittins and Kaytie Jensen both singled twice against Morgan, and Jensen was responsible for two RBIs. Maddie Peterson and Calderwood doubled.
Sky View: The Bobcats went 0-4 with setbacks to Payson, Northridge, Morgan and Roy. Sky View did plate seven runs against Morgan and four against Payson, but gave up at least 11 in all four games.
Keiko Schwartz gave the Trojans fits at the plate as she tripled, singled twice, scored three times and drove in two runs. Darcee Lundberg chipped in with two hits — a triple and double — and three runs. Mikellie Sorensen and Addie Hall doubled for Sky View.
Hall had two of Sky View’s four base knocks against Roy. The Bobcats were limited to three hits against Northridge — one being a Macy Neidig double.
Isabella Fierro recorded two hits and two RBIs against Payson, while Bobcat teammate Rachel Larson singled and doubled.
PREP TRACK & FIELD
The Logan boys managed to place fourth out of 24 teams at the Morgan Invitational, despite missing a few of its elite athletes. The Grizzlies accumulated 55 points at last Saturday’s meet.
Bracken Taylor led the way for the Logan boys by earning a spot on the podium in all three of his individual events. The junior was the runner-up in the 400 meters (50.53 seconds), finished fourth in the 200 (23.23) and tied for the No. 4 position by clearing the bar at 5 feet, 10 inches in the high jump.
Logan senior Damon Simmons was the silver medalist in the long jump (21-7.75) and placed sixth in the 100 (11.46), while teammate Isaac Hopkins beat everyone by one competitor in the shot put (42-7).
Other Grizzlies to secure a spot in the top eight in an individual event were Alex Rasmussen in the 3,200 (seventh, 10:00), Bo Stearns in the long jump (sixth, 20-2) and high jump (5-10), Nathan Orton in the 200 (sixth, 23.31) and Shea Davidson in the long jump (sixth, 16-7).
The Preston boys and girls enjoyed some success at the one of Idaho’s most prestigious meets, the two-day Tiger-Grizz Invitational, which concluded last Saturday.
Savannah Royal was Preston’s top medalist as she was the runner-up in the triple jump with a career-best effort of 36-8. The senior currently ranks third in 4A with that mark.
Preston’s Andrew Iverson and Josh Harrison finished in the top eight in two individual races apiece. Iverson placed fourth in the 300 hurdles (PR of 41.78) and seventh in the 110 hurdles (16.89), while Harrison occupied the No. 7 spot in the 1,600 (4:34.84) and 3,2000 (10:01).
Other Preston athletes who finished in the top 10 in an individual event were Sam Jeppsen in the 3,200 (ninth, 10:03), Taite Priestley in the high jump (fourth, 6-4), Riley Ward in the 800 (ninth, 2:35.61), Andie Bell in the 3,200 (seventh, 12:22), Quincy Hyde in the shot put (seventh, 32-11) and Larissa Knapp in the discus (10th, 97-8). Scott Dunn posted the 10th-best qualifying time in the 200 with of PR of 23.12.
A trio of Preston freshman were silver medalists in a event in the freshman division — Ward in the 1,600 (5:45), Garrett Hale in the 1,600 (4:53) and Nick Nielson in the long jump (18-11.5).
Preston was swept at home by Twin Falls last Saturday by scores of 12-5 and 10-4. The Indians (4-15) hit the ball well in both games, but ultimately gave up too many hits to the Bruins.
In Game 1, the Indians got two hits apiece from Dillon Haslem, Jackson Facer and Tate Greene. Haslem and Alex Hansen doubled, Facer drove in two runs and Greene and Haslem crossed home plate twice each.
In the nightcap, Greene walked three times and singled. Isaiah Smith and Justin Inglet doubled for Preston, while Haslem singled twice.
Preston returned to action Monday and lost at Century, 9-3. Greene went 3 for 4 for the Indians, who got a two-run triple from Smith. Hansen and Inglet doubled.