NORTH LOGAN — Beginning a game with four straight singles would normally be the sign of good things.
However, it has just been one of those kind of seasons for the Green Canyon softball team where even when good things are happening, it’s just not enough. In the Wolves final game of the season, they welcomed 5A Alta to town for a non-region contest.
While the Wolves could not take advantage of their start at the plate, the Hawks certainly did. Alta scored four runs in the top of the first on two hits and two Green Canyon errors. The Hawks went on to win in six innings, 13-3.
“Once again errors,” Wolves coach Joe Astle said. “When you start with that, everyone tenses up. It shuts us down. We need to get past it. We have talked about it the whole season. We will continue to work on it.”
After giving up those four runs, Green Canyon (3-20) looked to be responding with some bat power. Maddi Peterson singled, followed by a single from Morgan Gittins. Then some trouble began. Jerica Blotter and Kourtney Calderwood both singled, but their hits were just in front of Alta outfielders, who gunned out Wolves on the bases as they had to hold up to see if the ball was going to be caught.
“We get batters on base, and we hit the ball, but just right to them,” GC pitcher Kymmie McClimans said. “... “It felt good to get some runs in, and we fought back and tried to come back.”
Alta (15-10) added two more runs in the second off one hit and another Green Canyon error. The Wolves would end up with seven errors for the game.
“We get base runners on and we just can’t clear them off,” Astle said. “It is something we really need to work on and focus on, and be more aggressive.”
Three errors in the sixth helped the Hawks score four runs on just two hits. Alta took a 13-0 lead into the bottom of the sixth.
Green Canyon almost pushed the game to the seventh frame. The Wolves cashed in on the only two errors of the day by the Hawks, which both came in the bottom of the sixth.
Jerica Blotter reached on an error and went on to second on the same miscue. On a flyout by Kourtney Calderwood to right field, Blotter tagged up and went on home on a throwing error by the Hawks to get the goose egg off the scoreboard for the hosts.
Kenna Peterson drew a walk and Katyie Jensen was hit by a pitch between a groundout. Kenna Peterson, who stole second base before the groundout, scored on a double steal. An RBI bunt single by Meagan Martin brought Jensen home, and it was looking like the game was headed to the seventh.
“They play so much better when they are relaxed,” Astle said. “... Hopefully, we can continue to get better and have a better season next year.”
A groundout ended the rally, the game and the season for the Wolves.
Neither pitcher recorded a strikeout as both teams came out swinging. Alta finished with nine hits, including five doubles. Green Canyon had six base knocks from six different players, with a double from Jensen.
Four Wolves played their final game in a Green Canyon uniform in seniors Calderwood, Kenna Peterson, Martin and McClimans.
“I hope next year’s team will be really good and excel,” McClimans said.