Darts win their first Region 1 softball title

May 7 2013 - 11:23pm

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LAYTON -- Finally, the Darts are a league champion.

Since softball became a sanctioned sport in 1990, Davis High had never won a region title. That lengthy drought ended Tuesday with an 8-2 Region 1 victory over the Lancers.

Senior right-hander Cheyenne Norton fired a four-hitter -- she took a shutout into the fifth inning -- with no walks, a hit batter and five strikeouts.

"It feels awesome to finally be able to do it," Norton said. "It hasn't sunk in yet. It probably will once I'm off the field."

During Norton's four years as a starting pitcher the Darts finished fifth, fourth, second and first in Region 1.

"It's not that we've been a terrible team, so I don't know why it's taken so long to win a region title," said the 18-year-old Norton.

Davis (14-5 overall, 8-1 league) extended its winning streak to seven going into Thursday's league finale versus winless Northridge.

"It's bittersweet. I love playing softball, but I'm looking forward to being done with high school," Norton said.

Norton helped herself with a 4-for-5 day -- she also reached base on an error -- with two doubles, four RBIs and a run.

"I'm happy with both my pitching -- even though I hit a girl -- and my hitting," she said. "I kept moving the ball so they wouldn't catch on. I'm just happy that we're playing well as a team."

The Darts will host two state 5-A playoff games beginning May 14.

"I feel like we're peaking at just the right time and getting to that point," Norton said. "There was a lot of pressure on us. We wanted to give it our all today and just not coast. I expected a good game from Layton.

"It's not a team at Davis, but a family," she said. "We have a lot of unity. There is no drama and we're all friends."

Leadoff batter Breezy Roth went 2-for-4 with a walk -- she also reached base on an error -- a stolen base and scored three runs.

Cheyne Moffett was 2-for-5 with an RBI single; Cali Reynolds walked twice -- she was also hit by a pitch -- with two runs; Sydney Warren went 2-for-4 -- she also reached base on a fielder's choice -- with an RBI; and Payton Yerke had an RBI single -- she was also hit by a pitch -- with a run for Davis.

"This is one of my better hitting games," Norton said. "I knew I had to hit the ball today. It makes a big difference when people hit. My hitting is progressing as the season goes along."

Davis scored at least a run in all but the sixth inning.

"It's a good feeling to know we worked hard to get here and it's finally here," Norton said. "We're winning as a team by focusing on the fundamentals and doing what we need to do."

Joy Christensen went 2-for-3 with an RBI single for the Lancers (12-11, 4-5) who must defeat Syracuse on Thursday to secure the league's last 5-A playoff berth.

* WEBER 12, NORTHRIDGE 0 (five innings): At Northridge High, the defending state 5-A champion Warriors snapped a six-game losing streak.

Senior right-hander McKenna Bull, who has signed with BYU, threw a three-hitter with 11 strikeouts and no walks.

Hali Bennion went 2-for-3 with a double and scored two runs. Bull was 2-for-4 with three RBIs; Mariah Arave went 2-for-2 with a run; Paige Phalen drilled an RBI double with a run; Hannah Charlton had a two-run single with a run; Kennede Clarke had a run-scoring single and a sacrifice fly; and Haylee Chugg had a two-run single for Weber (10-11, 6-3).

The Knights are 4-14, 0-9.

* FREMONT 10, SYRACUSE 7: At Plain City's Dick Scadden Field, the Silver Wolves clinched a 5-A playoff berth despite committing five errors.

Freshman Jessie Wilson went 3-for-4 with a double, an RBI and scored a run. Madison Bosshardt was 2-for-4 with two runs; freshman Ryley Ball went 3-for-3 with an RBI; Maisie Hobbs drilled an RBI double -- she was also hit by a pitch -- with a run; Dina Stewart had a two-run double with a walk and a run; and Kamie Kennedy had a two-run single with a walk, a fielder's choice and two runs for Fremont (14-10, 5-4).

Courtney Starks went 2-for-4 with two runs; Bailley Carter was 3-for-3 with an RBI and a run; Alex Valencia went 2-for-3 with a double, three RBIs and a run; and Abbey Bowden was 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run for the Titans (7-13, 4-5).

Region 5

* BOX ELDER 5, ROY 1: At Brigham City, Kelsey Rodriguez went 3-for-3 with an RBI double. Baylee Reeves drilled an RBI double; Venessa Quintero had a run-scoring double with a run; and Molly Horne had a sacrifice fly for the Bees (21-1, 14-0).

Brittnee Higgs had an RBI single for the Royals (5-15, 4-10).

* BONNEVILLE 3, SKY VIEW 2: At Washington Terrace's CD Field, Andy Hancock drilled a walk-off double with two outs in the seventh inning.

Hancock, a junior right-hander, tossed a four-hitter with 11 strikeouts and three walks.

Abby Toller went 2-for-3 with an RBI and Cortney Porter was 2-for-4 -- she also reached base on a fielder's choice -- with three runs for the Lakers (11-9, 9-5).

The Bobcats are 13-10, 5-9.

Region 6

* BOUNTIFUL 10, CLEARFIELD 0 (six innings): At Bountiful's Millcreek Junior High, the Falcons (10-11, 9-5) were blanked by the league-leading Braves.

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