Cullimore leads Davis over Syracuse in Region 2 softball opener; roundup

Thursday , March 16, 2017 - 10:37 PM

RYAN COMER, Standard-Examiner Staff

SYRACUSE — The more pitches Mia Cullimore threw Thursday, the stronger she appeared to get.

Cullimore struck out eight, with five coming in the final two innings, and Davis defeated Syracuse 7-3 in the Region 2 opener for both teams.

“My momentum was building and I was getting hyped up,” Cullimore said. “The adrenaline rush and really not wanting them to score and wanting to keep the lead was really pushing me to do better.”

Syracuse loaded the bases and brought the tying run to the plate in the bottom of the seventh, but Cullimore ended the threat, and the game, with a strikeout.

The victory was the third in a row for the Darts, who improved to 5-2. The Titans fell to 2-1.

Cullimore also produced a pair of key hits. She laced an RBI single to right field in the top of the first to give Davis a 1-0 lead, then smacked a two-run double to right-center field in the top of the fifth to give the Darts a 4-2 advantage.

Abbie O’Brien hit a solo homer, Rachel Stott and Emily Kunzler each tallied RBI singles and Davis also took advantage of an error following a Paige Elkins single to score a run.

Fallyn Marshall hit an RBI double while Ashtyn Bauerle and Kenna Shaw each hit RBI singles for Syracuse.

BOUNTIFUL 11, HIGHLAND 4

SALT LAKE CITY — McHailee Danner pitched four innings, allowing zero runs on one hit while striking out eight, and the Braves won their Region 5 opener.

Shortstop Dashani Purcell paced Bountiful with a 3-for-3 performance at the plate. She hit two doubles, drove in three runs and scored twice. Morgan Ashley added a solo home run.

BOX ELDER 11, EAST 0

BRIGHAM CITY — Bayleigh Merrill pitched a complete game, three-hit shutout, striking out seven and walking two, as Box Elder moved to 1-0 in Region 5 play.

Brylee Marziale reached base and scored in each of her three plate appearances, including a two-run home run. Taylor Sorenson, Maycen O’Neal and Kyra Hardy each hit doubles for the Bees.

LAYTON 5, GRANGER 4

LAYTON — The Lancers took a 3-0 lead after the first inning and never trailed to start Region 2 play with a victory.

Tylor Comeau hit a two-run home run. Layton starting pitcher Jocelyn Brandon picked up the win.

OLYMPUS AT NORTHRIDGE - PPD

LAYTON — Northridge’s home contest with Olympus was postponed. A makeup date was not announced.

PREP BASEBALL

VIEWMONT 8, ROY 3

ROY — Hunter Tueller struck out four, allowing one hit and one run over five innings as the Vikings won at Roy.

The Royals’ Corbin Richards held Viewmont to one earned run in four innings, but didn’t make it out of the fifth.

The first three Viking batters of the fifth inning reached base on errors. Viewmont posted five runs in the frame, all of which were unearned.

Nathan Embrey, Lucas Bushey and Joshua Ericson each hit doubles for the Vikings.

Brady Perkes, Anthony Durbano and Kru Flint each drove in a run for the Royals.

GRANTSVILLE 10, BEAR RIVER 0

GRANTSVILLE — Bear River’s offense managed only three hits and their defense allowed seven first-inning runs in the shutout loss to the Cowboys.

LAYTON 8, RIVERTON 5

RIVERTON — Layton jumped out to a 7-0 lead and picked up its second win of the season.

Jordan Harrop tallied three hits, including a double, and drove in three runs. Drew Ferneau homered, and Ivan Paiz and Braxton Gold each tallied two hits.

Carson Lomax started for Layton and allowed one run in 4 1/3 innings.

EAST 5, MORGAN 4

SALT LAKE CITY — The Trojans took a 4-1 lead into the fifth inning but East scored three runs in the bottom of the inning to tie and one more in the sixth for the victory.

BONNEVILLE AT LOGAN - PPD

LOGAN — Due to field conditions at Logan High School, the game was rescheduled to Friday, March 17, at Bonneville.

Justin Johnson contributed to score reports.

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