Prep softball playoffs: Layton scores late, bests Riverton in up-and-down win

Thursday , May 17, 2018 - 8:56 PM1 comment

LAYTON — Jackie Gold kept running, the ball dropped out of the Riverton second baseman’s glove, the go-ahead run scored and there was a sense of relief.

Particularly, there was a sense of relief for Gold, Layton’s ace pitcher.

The Lancers watched their 6-2 lead disappear in Thursday’s second-round 6A playoff game against Riverton, but they prevailed over the Silverwolves 7-6 on that go-ahead run in the sixth inning.

Next week they’ll face Herriman in the 6A quarterfinals, but for a moment Thursday, Gold was worried.

With a 6-2 lead in the top of the fifth inning, Gold fielded a bunt and her throw to first base went out of play, scoring two runs.

A wild pitch brought another run in to make it 6-5. A single by Riverton’s Angie Alldredge skipped past third base and tied the score 6-6 in the sixth inning.

“During the middle of the game I got tight and was stressed about it, but then I remembered the game isn’t over until the last out of the game and (the umpire) calls the game,” Gold said.

Gold got through it, retiring the final two batters with a strikeout, one of her nine in her complete game.

She dons a pair of brown, Ray Ban-esque sunglasses for every game, but she doesn’t have to take them off to see that there’s something intriguing happening with Layton softball right now.

Riverton led 1-0 after the top of the first and Mallory Anderson immediately responded with a two-out, two-run single down the left field line.

In the third inning of a 2-2 game, she hit an RBI double to right field in her second at-bat.

“Actually I have been feeling kind of sick all day, so that was kind of funny,” Anderson said. “I was trying to hit to the right side, trying to hit gaps and stuff. We’ve been working on that and it finally paid off today at a good time.”

Where Emalie Bennion started the game in the No. 7 spot in the lineup, Layton head coach Kiley Crockett put Maci Harrop in for the second time through the batting order.

The thought was that Riverton’s pitcher was throwing right in Harrop’s sweet spot. Harrop followed Anderson’s RBI double with a two-run double off the left-field fence for a 5-2 Lancer lead.

Kenzie Myers’ sac bunt made it 6-2 and then Layton got nervous, something that hasn’t happened a lot lately.

The Lancers actually lost to Riverton 6-0 in the season opener and started Region 1 play 2-3 this year despite having lofty preseason goals.

Then they beat Davis in a nine-inning game. After that, it was as if someone had doused a burn pile with lighter fluid.

Layton won its next seven region games, scored 10 runs in the first inning of Tuesday’s first-round playoff romp over American Fork, then survived Thursday’s gut check.

“There’s no pressure, they’re not tight, practices are smooth — it’s like a college team,” Crockett said.

“They’ve got it dialed in.”

You can reach prep sports reporter Patrick Carr at pcarr@standard.net. Follow him on Twitter at @patrickcarr_ or like him on Facebook at Facebook.com/patrickcarr17.

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