Wednesday , April 11, 2018 - 9:49 PM
ROY — It’s still relatively early in the Region 5 softball season, but Bountiful’s young team is apparently not kidding around.
The Braves (8-2, 4-1 Region 5) hit three home runs Wednesday and built an early lead in a 7-3 win over Roy (7-6, 4-2). Bountiful sophomore shortstop Dashani Purcell went 2 for 3 with a grand slam, a solo home run and five RBIs.
While early, the Royals, Braves and Box Elder have all established themselves as title contenders, which put a higher premium on Wednesday’s game given the slim margin between first place and third place.
Round 1 between these two schools went to Roy last month when Royals pitcher Maysa Averett pitched a complete game and allowed one run in a 2-1 win.
It took just one hit for Bountiful to return the favor Wednesday. That one hit was a pitch inside to Purcell that she blasted for a grand slam, a line drive that just barely stayed fair as it sped down the left-field line.
It put Bountiful ahead 5-0 a day after the Braves torched Copper Hills in a 19-6 win.
Averett helped her cause in the bottom half of the second when her base hit skipped off Bountiful pitcher McHailee Danner and wrong-footed Katie Tanner at second base, allowing a run to score.
Leading 5-1, the Braves — Purcell in particular — weren’t done with the long ball yet. Purcell, leading off the fifth inning, latched onto a fastball right down the middle of the plate and took Averett deep to left for a solo home run.
Bountiful's 1st run of the day.. pic.twitter.com/7B8ywb7Hrp— Patrick Carr (@patrickcarr_) April 12, 2018
Three batters later, junior outfielder Alyssa Bowles hit a solo homer of her own to left field. Roy wasn’t about to let the Braves off the hook, though.
Junior catcher Ana Palmer ripped an RBI single up the middle and Kylie Wright drove a run home with a base hit two batters later to cut the lead to 7-3.
Bountiful had other scoring chances, if not for stellar defensive plays by Karli Jamison at second base and Mia Fernandes at shortstop.
Jamison made a tough, backpedaling catch over her shoulder in the second inning, then dove to her left and caught a hard-hit line drive in the fifth.
Have a couple videos from today's Bountiful/Roy softball game but not much, was busy taking some photos. Here's Ana Palmer's RBI pic.twitter.com/M1BopqcnP6— Patrick Carr (@patrickcarr_) April 12, 2018
Fernandes started a vital double play in the sixth, trailing 7-3, by tagging a runner bound for third base and throwing another runner out at first.
That kept Roy within striking distance for the final two innings, but Danner retired the Royals in order in both frames to preserve the win. She struck out four batters on her way to her seventh win in the pitcher’s circle this season.
CLEARFIELD 15, VIEWMONT 0
CLEARFIELD — Clearfield led Viewmont 4-0 going into the bottom of the fourth, then scored 11 runs to end the game by run rule in four innings.
Macy Benincosa and Kaycee Valencia each went 2 for 3 with a double for the Falcons, Benincosa had three RBIs and scored two runs, while Valencia scored once and drove in one.
Jessie Golder went 2 for 4 with two RBIs and three runs scored and Rachael Brown hit a double and three RBIs.
Braxtyn Haynes picked up the win, pitching a one-hitter.
SOUTH SUMMIT 12, MORGAN 7 (9)
MORGAN — South Summit outlasted Morgan in a Region 13 slugfest.
The Wildcats and Trojans went into extra innings tied 4-4 and both teams scored twice in the eighth. But South Summit plated six in the top of the ninth, and the Trojans could not respond.
Brooke Loertscher hit a triple, and Taylor Pickrell and Danielle Cook each doubled for Morgan, who pounded 13 hits but committed five errors.
STANSBURY 12, BONNEVILLE 7
WASHINGTON TERRACE — Talia Afuvai hit a grand slam to help Bonneville take a 6-4 lead after one inning, but Stansbury responded with eight unanswered runs to claim the Region 11 win.
GRANTSVILLE 9, FREMONT 8
GRANTSVILLE — Fremont fell on the road against defending 3A state champion Grantsville. Breanna George went 2 for 3 with a double, a three-run home run and four RBIs. Cortney Rhees went 3 for 4 with a double and an RBI.
The Silver Wolves lept out to a 5-0 lead before Grantsville batted, but the Cowboys scored four runs in the bottom of the first inning, then added three more in the third.
BEN LOMOND 2, PARK CITY 1
PARK CITY — Ben Lomond scored in each half and limited Park City to one second-half score in the Region 11 win.
Erik Arroyo opened the scoring for the Scots, and Ruben Soto gave Ben Lomond a 2-0 lead in the second stanza.
BONNEVILLE 5, TOOELE 1
WASHINGTON TERRACE — Bonneville took a 3-0 lead into the half in a Region 11 victory over Tooele.
Joe Cloward had a hat trick for the Lakers. Jaiden Marriott had a goal and an assist. Mathis Burton scored on a penalty kick. Dallin DeGroot and Thomas Deardon each had an assist.
LAYTON CHRISTIAN 6, ST. JOSEPH 0
OGDEN — Layton Christian scored twice in the first half and added four goals in the second for the Region 16 win at St. Joseph.
Jesus Tomasi tallied a hat trick for the Eagles. Thiago Padiha, Henry Nkusi and Kolby Olsen each score once.
Pello Bahon Villanueva recorded the shutout in goal.
Justin Johnson contributed to score reports.
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