TAYLORSVILLE -- With her team down 5-3 in the last inning of Tuesday's 4-A championship-bracket game, Jordynn Barrera stepped to the plate for Roy High knowing she had to put the ball in play and try to move the base runner the Royals had on.
Turns out it was easier for her to just hit a two-run dinger, tying the game and sending it to extra innings where the Royals scored the final run in the bottom of the eighth to advance with a 6-5 win over Region 6 champion Bountiful at the Valley Softball Complex.
Apparently, Barrera handles pressure well.
"I live for those moments," Barrera said. "I was just looking for a pitch to drive because we needed to score."
Down 2-0 in the bottom of the third inning, Roy rallied the first time scoring three runs on four hits. Bountiful retaliated in the top of the fourth, as sophomore outfielder Bailey Hart drove in two runs and the Braves scored three to take a 5-3 lead.
Barrera's one-out homer tied things in the bottom of the seventh, and the game went to extra innings where Bountiful's Sydney Austin immediately got on base and made it to third with one out.
It looked like the Braves would take their third lead of the game when Payton Hart hit a sacrifice fly to left field. Austin crossed the plate and Bountiful celebrated until it was discovered she hadn't tagged up after the catch was made and was called out.
Region 5 runner-up Roy (22-6 overall) escaped the inning unscathed. In the bottom of the eighth senior right-hander Jamie Aiken drove in Payton Palmer to advance the defending state 5-A champion Royals into today's game versus Murray at 6:45 p.m.
"I've been so blessed to have awesome seniors and awesome leadership on this team," Roy coach Mandy Koford said. "They've made it their goal to keep playing until they drag us off the field."
* SALEM HILLS 4, BONNEVILLE 3: The Skyhawks drilled a one-out, walk-off double in the seventh inning following a dropped fly ball in the outfield and a walk.
Cortney Porter went 2-for-4 with a ground-rule double, two RBIs and scored a run. Andy Hancock was 2-for-3 for the Lakers (13-11), who were eliminated from the 4-A tournament.
* MURRAY 5, BOX ELDER 1: The Region 5 champion Bees had their 16-game winning streak snapped in dropping into the one-loss bracket.
Box Elder took a 1-0 second-inning lead on Myranda Hernandez's run-scoring fielder's choice.
The state 5-A runner-up Spartans, who dropped down to the 4-A ranks beginning with the 2011-12 school year, tied it 1-1 in the third.
Emily Adams went deep over the right-center field fence for Region 7 champion Murray in the fourth inning, and Bees' junior right-hander Baylee Reeves was replaced by sophomore right-hander Abbey Martin.
The Spartans scored three seventh-inning runs on three hits and three Box Elder errors.
Murray turned a double play in the sixth and seventh inning after the Bees had two hits in each inning.
Karly Bunderson went 2-for-3 -- she also reached base on an error -- with a sacrifice for Box Elder (23-3), which did not strike out against Spartans senior right-hander Elise Johnson.
The Bees tangle with Skyline today at 4:30 p.m. in the one-loss bracket. Box Elder beat the Eagles 1-0 in the first round on May 15 at Brigham City.
* COPPER HILLS 1, WEBER 0: The Warriors dropped a pitcher's duel to the Region 3 champion Grizzlies.
Junior right-hander McKenna Bull logged 12 strikeouts for Weber and no-hit Copper Hills for four innings before a wild pitch with the bases loaded in the fifth scored the game's lone run.
Weber (24-3) had opportunities to score, but Shelby Abeyta threw a solid game for the Grizzlies with seven strikeouts. She was backed by multiple defensive plays in the field that preserved the shutout.
* DAVIS 11, FREMONT 4: The Darts defeated the Silver Wolves for the third time this season.
Breezy Roth went 4-for-4 with an RBI and scored three runs. Dani MacKay was 2-for-3 with a walk, two RBIs and two runs; Autumn Woodfall went 2-for-4 with two runs; Cali Reynolds drilled a two-run double, was hit by a pitch and walked; Cheyenne Norton had a sacrifice fly and a run-scoring fielder's choice; and Cierra Udseth was 2-for-3 with a walk and two runs for Davis (15-8).
Norton, a junior right-hander, threw a four-hitter but walked nine Fremont batters.
Dina Stewart was a double shy of hitting for the cycle. She went 3-for-4 with a two-run shot and four RBIs for the Silver Wolves (14-16), who were eliminated from the 5-A tournament.
* HUNTER 5, LAYTON 3: The Wolverines scored three seventh-inning runs, including a home run.
Lauryn Kirschner and Mckell Moss each doubled for the Lancers (12-13), who were eliminated from the 5-A tournament.
* DAVIS 2, HUNTER 1: MacKay had a solo home run and Sydney Warren had an RBI single in a two-run fourth inning for the Darts (16-8), who remain alive in the one-loss bracket and play Region 1 champion Weber today at 4:30 p.m.
Standard-Examiner staff reporter Dennis Larsen contributed to this report.