SALT LAKE CITY -- For the first time since 2007, the Falcons are soaring into the postseason.
Clearfield High, which won only one game last year while going winless during both the 2009 and 2010 seasons, extended its winning streak to six Wednesday with a 16-2 five-inning Region 6 runaway over Highland.
With four league games remaining -- two versus league-leading Bountiful at home, one against the Rams at home and then a road game versus Cyprus -- the Falcons could finish as high as second place in Region 6 and get a first-round home game in the state 4-A playoffs.
Wednesday's game was switched to Highland because of Clearfield's home track and field meet with Bountiful and Woods Cross.
Freshman right-hander Lexi Anderson, normally the team's catcher, threw a two-hitter with 11 strikeouts and three walks.
"We try to throw Lexi at open gyms," said Clearfield coach Nicole Tindall. "This is only her second varsity game and the second game Lexi has won.
"Our big concern was how many walks she would give up and Lexi did great," she said. "Lexi throws hard, but her lack of experience is a concern. We know she has the mindset to be a pitcher, even though Lexi catches for us.
"It's good to know we have somebody to count on besides (freshman right-hander) Bailey (Douglas)," Tindall said. "If we didn't have confidence in Lexi, we wouldn't throw her out there."
After getting 16 hits on Tuesday against Woods Cross, the Falcons had just four on Wednesday.
Clearfield (13-8 overall, 8-3 league) drew 19 walks off two Rams pitchers.
"It was a little disappointing that we didn't hit (the ball) like we did Tuesday, but we walked 19 times," said Tindall, now in her second year with Clearfield. "The girls were disciplined at the plate, and sometimes you feel like you can hit anything. It would have been great to get more hits, but you have to take what they give you.
"One of our goals was to finish in the top three in region," she said. "When you say that, you have to wonder if it's attainable. The girls realized that once we started winning they could be a better team.
"With Bailey on the mound, and if we keep hitting, they can keep going," Tindall said. "They have been taking it one game at a time. The girls want to beat the good teams and continue to learn about the game."
* BEAR RIVER 15, GRANTSVILLE 2: At Grantsville, the two-time defending league champion Bears pounded out a season-high 22 hits -- seven for extra bases -- including three home runs.
"The kids hit the ball well, but I'm surprised that we had 22 hits against Grantsville because they have a pretty good team," Bear River coach Calvin Bingham said. "In filling out the state 3-A tournament bracket a couple of weeks ago trying to project where everybody would be, I had Grantsville going in as our second-place team. But that might not happen after we beat them and they lost to Ogden (on Monday)."
Junior right-hander Jordan Theurer tossed a five-hitter with seven strikeouts, one walk and a hit batter.
Leadoff batter Morgan Summers went 4-for-5 with two stolen bases and scored two runs. Kassi Fronk was 2-for-4 with a double, two RBIs and three runs; Theurer went 4-for-5 with a double and two RBIs; Shaunie Owen was 2-for-4 with a three-run homer and three runs; Erin Fox went 3-for-4 with five RBIs -- a three-run bomb, a solo shot and a run-scoring double -- and three runs; Tyree Haramoto was 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI; and Rebekah Wheatley went 3-for-3 with two RBIs for four-time defending 3-A champion Bear River (15-3, 9-1).
"This may be the best-hitting team I've ever coached," said Bingham, who is in his 13th season coaching Da Bears and has won six 3-A softball titles.
The listed state record for base hits in a regulation game is 26, shared by three teams.
* TOOELE 18, MORGAN 1 (THREE INNINGS): At Morgan's Wilkinson Complex, the Buffaloes scored 11 first-inning runs with two outs and the rout was on.
Sophomore right-hander Lauren Frailey tossed a one-hitter for the Buffaloes (10-9, 7-2).
The Trojans (2-18, 1-8), who have been eliminated from 3-A playoff contention, committed seven errors.