PREP SOFTBALL: Bear River shuts down Box Elder

Monday , May 05, 2014 - 11:04 PM

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SOFTBALL

BEAR RIVER 8, BOX ELDER 5: At Garland, freshman Abby Giles settled down after a difficult start to pitch a complete game and Bear River ended its regular season with an 8-5 victory over Box Elder Monday.

Box Elder had just six hits, and four of them came in the first inning.

“She said she was scared to death,” Bear River coach Calvin Bingham said of Giles.

Giles retired Box Elder in order in the second and third innings, however, which Bingham said gave her confidence for the rest of the game.

Bear River scored six runs in the first three innings and added a run in each of the fifth and sixth innings.

Bear River plays at Uintah in the first round of the 3-A playoffs Saturday, and according to Bingham, Giles’ ability in the circle affords him the luxury of perhaps shifting Bailee Trapp to third base.

“This was big,” Bingham said. “We’ve been struggling a little bit defensively and to have a young freshman come in and pitch and do that well was really huge for the team. Not only to have her pitch as well as she did, but defensively, we’re a lot stronger if we have Bailee Trapp on third.”

Rockwell 20, Layton Christian 7: At Layton, Layton Christian coach Steve Geukguzian praised his team’s effort despite falling short in a 20-7 five-inning defeat to Rockwell Monday.

“The girls really hung in there and played their best game of the season,” Geukguzian said. “Rockwell was really tough today and played very well. Brianne Nichols played a tough game behind the plate and made some run-saving plays for us. It was a good game to send our seniors out on.”

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