SMITHFIELD — With snow falling, the Bobcats took the field.
The Mustangs shed their coats and hoodies to bat.
Sky View and Mountain Crest were game to get in a Region 12 softball game despite the weather. However, Mother Nature would end up winning on Tuesday afternoon.
After one complete inning and two batters in the second, the Bobcats called time and huddled around startling pitcher Kenzie Schnell in the circle. The snow continued to come down and the wind swirled.
After the Bobcats broke their huddle, the Mustangs’ Emma Child was ready to bat with Teagan Hall on base. Then the game officials gathered and were joined by the head coaches. The game was called as the grass began to turn white and the infield was becoming slippery and muddy.
“We will try and play it tomorrow,” MC coach Courtnee Maughan said.
So will Logan and Ridgeline. The Grizzlies and Riverhawks were supposed to meet, but called their game before even warming up. They will meet at Logan on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.
The Mustangs will make the trek north again on Wednesday, planning on starting at 4 p.m. Mountain Crest has a 4-0 lead in the top of the second.
Schnell enticed a pop-up and a groundout to start the game, but then an error gave the Mustangs some life in the top of the first when Madison Bertagnolli laid down a bunt and was safe when the ball was dropped at first. Haylee Brown was hit by a pitch to put a pair of Mountain Crest players on base.
Brooklyn Clark took the first pitch she saw and ripped it to left field to score the first run. Lindzee Steinmetz made it 3-0 with a two-run double to left.
The Bobcats were retired in order in the bottom of the first as Brown got help with some good defense, and then struck out the third SV batter she faced.
In the top of the second, Maysen Bryson drew a lead-off walk, stole second, went to third on a passed ball and scored on a bunt single by Hall. Then the game was called.
While two region games did not finish, a third did. Bear River and Green Canyon were able to get in a game despite the conditions. It was more rain in North Logan. There was a 15-minute delay in the third inning, but the teams took the field and finished the contest.
The visiting Bears broke a close game open in the third with five runs. Bear River added six more in the fourth and won in five innings, 14-1.
“The weather was horrible,” GC coach Joe Astle said. “It was most definitely not a great day for a ballgame.”
The Bears (14-10, 8-0 region) scored a run in the first and platted two more in the second.
The Wolves (4-18-1, 1-8) got on the scoreboard in the second. Kenna Peterson drew a walk on four straight balls and stole second. With two outs, Shante Falslev hit a ground ball that Bear River misplayed, allowing Peterson to score. It was the lone error of the game for the Bears.
Green Canyon had five errors and finished with seven hits. Jerica Blotter had two of the base knocks for the Wolves. Bear River had 11 hits, including six doubles.
All three of Tuesday’s Region 12 baseball games were moved to Thursday.
Ridgeline’s Kyler Hansen and Sky View’s Parker Murdock were named co-Pitchers of the Week, while Bear River’s Carson Day was tabbed the Hitter of the Week. Every week, the Region 12 coaches select each of these awards.
In Bear River’s three-game sweep of Logan, Lish posted an impressive batting average .750, belted five doubles and drove in three runs.
In Sky View’s 8-1 triumph over Green Canyon in Game 2 of a doubleheader, Murdock went the distance on the mound and didn’t allow any earned runs against the region leaders. Murdock scattered seven hits, struck out three and walked one.
After giving up two runs in the bottom of the first, Hansen shut down Mountain Crest the rest of the way en route to a 4-2 victory. Hansen allowed five hits — all singles — fanned five and issued a trio of free passes.
HJ sports writer Jason Turner contributed to this report