Prep softball: Bears one win from five-peat

May 19 2012 - 10:34pm

TAYLORSVILLE -- One more win puts Da Bears into rarefied air.

No school has swept five consecutive state softball titles. Bingham (1991-94) and Bear River (2008-11) each have won four.

A victory Monday over defending state 4-A champion Spanish Fork would put the three-time defending Region 11 champion Bears in the record book.

"Words can't explain it if we win it again," said Bear River senior center fielder Morgan Summers.

Summers, a left-handed slap hitter who has signed with Utah Valley University, smacked a seventh-inning grand slam over the right center-field fence Saturday in a 13-3 championship-bracket romp over Snow Canyon at the Valley Complex.

With their fifth consecutive win, the Bears (25-4 overall) are gunning for a five-peat Monday at 2 p.m. at Salt Lake Community College versus the Region 12 champion Dons, who won three 3-A tournament games in the one-loss bracket by a lopsided 47-3 margin after a 6-5 10-inning setback to Bear River earlier Saturday.

Clinging to a 5-3 lead after six innings against the Warriors -- a fourth-place team from Region 9 -- Bear River opened the floodgates with an eight-run seventh.

Da Bears sent 13 batters to the plate, getting eight hits with two walks and a Snow Canyon error.

Summers' slam was her second this season -- her third home run of the year -- but first out-of-the-park shot.

"It felt good coming off the bat," said the 17-year-old Summers, who will join older sister Josi -- a sophomore right-hander -- this fall at Utah Valley. "I was sprinting around the bases hoping I could get a triple or an inside-the-park home run. I was definitely surprised it went out.

"When coach (Calvin) Bingham gave me a high-five after rounding third base and then seeing my teammates surrounding home plate, it felt awesome. They always jab me 'That I don't hit for power.' "

The Dons (26-3) would have to beat Bear River twice on Monday to thwart the five-peat.

"Being undefeated gives us some room to breathe," Summers said. "I think it will be Spanish Fork in the championship game, but Snow Canyon has a great team. It took us a while to get going after such an emotional game against Spanish Fork. It was tough having to bounce back, but I'm glad we got it done."

Junior right-hander Jordan Theurer threw a five-hitter -- surviving a rocky two-run fourth inning when she gave up four straight hits -- with four strikeouts, a walk and two hit batters.

"We just broke it open in the seventh. I was nervous going into the seventh with a two-run lead," Summers said. "The competition is better this year, so we've had to step it up. It's hard to compare years and every Bear River team is different, but it's definitely the most exciting."

Theurer went 3-for-5 and scored two runs. Shaunie Owen was 2-for-5 with an RBI and a run; Erin Fox had a two-run single and a run; Tyree Haramoto went 3-for-4 with an RBI; Aleisha Taylor was 3-for-3 with three RBIs -- a two-out, two-run bomb over the left-center field fence, which was her first dinger this season -- a walk and two runs; and Summers went 2-for-5 with four RBIs and two runs.

"I have no clue (why I hit so well at the state tournament). I just really want to hit and I do what I normally do," said Taylor, who is going to the University of Utah this fall.

Taylor, 18, is a two-year starter in right field. She played at Mountain Crest as a freshman and sophomore before her family moved from Hyrum to Tremonton and then Garland.

"I'm going to sign the home-run ball and put it in a box," she said. "I think we have a chance at a five-peat, but it will be difficult. We were all on the ball today and we got our timing down.

"We bond really well and we play together as a team," said Taylor. "I'm happy to be playing for Bear River."

* BEAR RIVER 6, SPANISH FORK 5 (10 INNINGS): Theurer's two-run homer over the center-field fence with one out gave Da Bears a 6-4 lead in the 10th inning.

Bear River then turned a 1-6-3 inning-ending double play to snap the Dons' 19-game winning streak.

Summers went 3-for-5 with a stolen base and scored a run. Theurer was 2-for-3 with two RBIs, two walks and two runs; Taylor went 2-for-3 with a sacrifice and two RBIs; and Carleen Hunsaker had a run-scoring fielder's choice.

Theurer allowed 10 hits with four walks -- three to cleanup batter Kayla Larson -- and nine strikeouts.

The Bears rallied from a 3-1 fifth-inning deficit with Taylor's two-out, two-run single tying the score 3-all in the sixth.

3-A baseball

At Kearns, defending champion uan Diego made an impressive run at the 3-A powers, but in the end, Snow Canyon topped the Eagles to claim the title in finals action on Saturday at Kearns High School.

Juan Diego topped powerful Spanish Fork 3-1 in an elimination game early Saturday, then surprised the Warriors in the first championship game 2-0, forcing a deciding contest Saturday afternoon.

In the winner-take-all battle, Snow Canyon controlled the game 5-1 and earned the title. Earlier in the season, Snow Canyon had to forfeit some games due to using an ineligible player. They barely qualified for the state tournament.

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