SOFTBALL: Triple play fuels Copper Hills to extra-inning comeback over Fremont

Thursday , May 18, 2017 - 10:34 PM

RYAN COMER, Standard-Examiner Staff

PLAIN CITY — Kaci Bobo started a triple play to end the sixth inning and Copper Hills rallied for a 10-9 extra-inning victory over Fremont in the second round of the 5-A softball tournament Thursday.

The triple play came with Fremont threatening to extend a 5-1 lead. The Silver Wolves had runners on first and second with nobody out, but Ashtyn Meibos hit a liner to Bobo at first. Bobo made the catch, stepped on first to retire the baserunner before she could get back, then threw to shortstop Alyxx Estrada covering second for the third out.

McKenzie Bergener hit a two-run double as part of a four-run seventh, and Copper Hills scored five more in the eighth before holding off Fremont.

“Doing something like that just elevated everybody,” Copper Hills coach Jentry Johnson said of the triple play.

Makaiya Gomez hit a two-run homer, her second of two homers during the game, and Bobo hit a two-run single in the eighth for Copper Hills.

Fremont pulled back within a run in the bottom of the eighth following a three-run homer from Meibos and had the tying run on second base but couldn’t complete the comeback.

The Silver Wolves had a chance to win the game in the bottom of the seventh after a leadoff double by Carlie Peterson, but a strikeout, a popout and a groundout ended the threat.

Fremont took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second on an RBI single by Kynlee Hoggan. Gomez’s first homer tied the game in the top of the fifth, but Fremont scored four in the bottom of the inning.

Rylie Bennett and Brianna George each had RBI singles while Cortney Rhees had a two-run single.

George also had an RBI single in the eighth.

Fremont will now head to the one-loss bracket where it will face Clearfield at 1:15 p.m. Tuesday, May 23, at Valley Softball Complex in Taylorsville.

“I’ve never said it’s about wins and losses, it’s about experience, but now it’s just battling because there is no tomorrow,” Fremont coach Kelly Aiken said. “You just play until you’re done.”


• 5-A Tournament (Second Round)

DAVIS 10, LEHI 6

KAYSVILLE — Davis jumped out to a 9-0 lead and coasted to a win over Lehi in the winner’s bracket of the 5-A tournament.

Davis scored two in the first, four in the second, two in the third and one in the fourth. The Darts added a run in the sixth.

Lehi scored four in the fifth and two in the seventh.

Mia Cullimore pitched a complete game for Davis while striking out eight. She also went 2 for 3 with three RBIs.

Abbie O’Brien batted 2 for 3 with a homer and two RBIs, and Paige Elkins added a homer and two RBIs.

Davis advances to play Copper Hills at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 23, at Valley Softball Complex in Taylorsville.

SYRACUSE 1, BINGHAM 0

SOUTH JORDAN — Ashtyn Bauerle threw a complete-game, one-hit shutout while striking out 10 as Syracuse advanced in the winner’s bracket of the 5-A tournament.

Bauerle walked the first batter of the game but didn’t issue another free pass the rest of the way. She carried a no-hitter into the fifth inning.

Syracuse scored its lone run in the top of the fourth. Kenna Owens reached on a walk and Ashlee Schriever was hit by a pitch. Emery Marshall, who had two of Syracuse’s three hits for the day, singled Owens home.

Jentry Skidmore also recorded a hit for the Titans.

Syracuse will face West in the final four of the winner’s bracket at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday, May 23, at Valley Softball Complex in Taylorsville. The Region 2 foes split the season series.

• 5-A Tournament (One-Loss Bracket)

LAYTON 10, RIVERTON 7

RIVERTON — Kim Taylor homered and Layton produced 15 hits in a win over Riverton in the one-loss bracket of the 5-A tournament.

Shelby Moss, Tylor Comeau and Jocelyn Brandon each doubled.

Layton jumped out to a 9-0 lead and cruised from there.

Jackie Gold pitched all seven innings for the Lancers and struck out seven. Four of the runs she allowed came in the bottom of the seventh.

Layton next plays Bingham at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 23, at Valley Softball Complex in Taylorsville. If the Lancers win, they’ll play again at 3:30 p.m.

CLEARFIELD 10, PLEASANT GROVE 0

CLEARFIELD — Hanna Golder went 4 for 4 with a pair of RBIs, Braxtyn Haynes threw a five-inning complete game and Clearfield advanced in the one-loss bracket of the 5-A tournament.

Clearfield scored three in the second, one in the third, one in the fourth and five in the fifth.

Tomoya Averett ended the game with an RBI single. She also had a sacrifice fly.

Perri Winterbottom batted 2 for 3 with two RBIs for the Falcons.

Clearfield advances to play Fremont at 1:15 p.m. Tuesday, May 23, at Valley Softball Complex in Taylorsville. The winner plays again at 5:45 p.m.

ROY 8, WEST JORDAN 0

ROY — Roy defeated West Jordan to advance in the one-loss bracket of the 5-A tournament.

Maysa Averett and Kenley Harris each homered. Ana Palmer doubled and Whisper Doliwa picked up the win.

Roy next plays Lehi at 1:15 p.m. Tuesday, May 23, at Valley Softball Complex in Taylorsville. If the Royals win, they’ll play again at 5:45 p.m.

TAYLORSVILLE 11, MOUNTAIN CREST 3

TAYLORSVILLE — Mountain Crest was eliminated from the 5-A tournament following a loss to Taylorsville in the one-loss bracket.


• 4-A Tournament (One-Loss Bracket)

BOX ELDER 4, MURRAY 1

BRIGHAM CITY — Mallory Merrill lined a bases-loaded triple, then scored on a ground out in a four-run fourth inning to lead Box Elder to a win over Murray.

The outburst broke a scoreless tie. Merrill’s triple was one of only three hits for the Bees.

Bayleigh Merrill and Brylee Marziale combined to give up eight hits but held Murray to one run.

Box Elder advances to play fellow one-seed Cyprus at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 23, at Valley Softball Complex in Taylorsville. A win would have the Bees playing again at 3:30 p.m.

BONNEVILLE 4, OLYMPUS 2

WASHINGTON TERRACE — Bonneville scored a pair of runs in each of the first and sixth innings and got a strong pitching performance from Sadie Westmoreland to advance in the one-loss bracket of the 4-A tournament.

Westmoreland pitched all seven innings. She allowed six hits, walked one and struck out four.

Lexie Sulkey went 2 for 3 with two doubles, two runs scored and two RBIs, and Ashley Croyle added a double and an RBI.

Bonneville advances to play Timpanogos at 1:15 p.m. Tuesday, May 23, at Valley Softball Complex in Taylorsville. If the Lakers win, they’ll play again at 5:45 p.m.

BOUNTIFUL 6, OREM 0

BOUNTIFUL — McHailee Danner pitched a complete-game shutout and Bountiful beat Orem in the one-loss bracket.

Danner struck out nine hitters, walked only one and went 2 for 4 at the plate.

The Braves scored steadily, totaling two runs in the first, one each in the second and third, and two more runs in the fourth.

Bountiful totaled five doubles at the plate off the bats of Danner, Katie Tanner, Libbie Hawker, Dashani Purcell and Abby Steed.

Steed finished 3 for 3 with two RBIs.

Bountiful advances to play Skyridge at 1:15 p.m. Tuesday, May 23, at Valley Softball Complex in Taylorsville. A win would have the Braves playing again at 5:45 p.m.

KEARNS 6, WOODS CROSS 2

KEARNS — Woods Cross lost an early lead and was eliminated in a road loss at Kearns.

Woods Cross held a 2-0 lead through three innings, but Kearns scored three in the fourth and tacked on two more in the fifth to take control.

Ari Ayala, Caitlin Barber, Corinne Francis and Brooke Brown and Julana T’eo all recorded singles for the Wildcats.


• 3-A Tournament (Second Round) at Spanish Fork Softball Complex

BEAR RIVER 10, NORTH SANPETE 0

SPANISH FORK — Bear River didn’t score until the fourth inning, then found it hard to stop as it run-ruled North Sanpete to advance in the winner’s bracket of the 3-A tournament.

The Bears scored one in the fourth, four in the fifth and five in the sixth.

Kapri Toone pitched a six-inning complete game and allowed just two hits while striking out nine. She also went 2 for 3 with two RBIs.

Abby Giles went 2 for 3, Mercedes Call hit 2 for 4 and Dacia Hobbs also collected a pair of hits for Bear River.

Call and Hobbs each doubled, as did Kati Gibbs and Josie Larkin. Larkin’s two-run double ended the game.

Bear River next faces fellow one-seed Grantsville at 10 a.m. Friday at Spanish Fork Softball Complex. The winner plays in the semifinals at 2 p.m.

Bear River is 2-0 against Grantsville this season.

RIDGELINE 3, JUAB 1

SPANISH FORK — Ridgeline scored two runs in the first inning and Mailee Jensen made the lead stand up to the end as the RiverHawks beat Juab.

Jensen spread five hits and one run across seven innings, striking out four for the win.

Mya Washington led Ridgeline with two hits, including a double, and two RBIs.

Ridgeline advances to play Tooele at 10 a.m. Friday at Spanish Fork Softball Complex. The winner plays in the semifinals at 2 p.m.


Brett Hein contributed to score reports

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