Prep playoff roundup: Bear River softball advances to 4A championship series
ST. GEORGE — Bear River High School softball will get the chance to play for a repeat 4A state championship.
The No. 1 Bears survived a back-and-forth game against No. 4 Snow Canyon on Thursday in St. George, beating the Warriors 5-4, aided with a go-ahead solo home run by McCall Maxfield in the fifth inning.
In the top of the seventh, pitcher Kate Dahle struck two of the three Snow Canyon batters out while right fielder Carlee Miller made a diving catch for the inning’s other out.
Dahle struck out eight in a complete game.
Bear River (28-3) started quickly, scoring two runs on the first three pitches its batters saw. Kynlei Nelson doubled to lead off the bottom of the first inning and Zoe Sorensen hit a first-pitch, two-run homer for an early 2-0 lead.
A Snow Canyon attempt at throwing a BR runner out at second base instead let a run score from third base for a 3-1 Bears lead. Nelson hit an RBI single for a 4-1 lead in the fourth.
The Warriors tied the game with three runs in the fifth, all from a slow-rolling single to center field by Meah Stafford.
Maxfield led off the bottom of the fifth with a solo shot to center field. Dahle retired six of the final seven batters to end the game.
Bear River advances to the best-of-three championship series, which starts with Game 1 at noon Friday at Dixie State University, against No. 3 Ridgeline (24-5).
Game 2 is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, May 21.
FREMONT 6, WEST JORDAN 1
PLAIN CITY — Kendyl Skeen batted 2 for 3 with two doubles as No. 4 Fremont grabbed a Game 1 victory over No. 13 West Jordan (15-12) in their 6A second-round series.
Haddie Hadley hit an RBI double for Fremont (18-3). Josie Slater hit a double. Keysha McKean drove in three with a single. Audrey Cooper drove in one. Brinley Elsworth allowed three hits and struck out 13 in six innings.
Game 2 in the best-of-three series is scheduled for Friday at 3:30 p.m.
PAYSON 4, BONNEVILLE 3
WASHINGTON TERRACE — No. 2 Bonneville managed only three hits on the day in a 5A second-round loss in Game 1 of a series against No. 17 Payson (18-14).
Sara Clausse hit a double for Bonneville (20-5). Stocktyn Stevenson and Brityn Buchanan each hit singles. The series continues Friday.
BOUNTIFUL 8, EAST 0
BOUNTIFUL — Eva Stoddard tossed a complete-game, one-hitter with 15 strikeouts as No. 4 Bountiful blanked No. 14 East (14-6) in Game 1 of the 5A second-round.
Malissa Turpin batted 4 for 4 with a double and drove in three for Bountiful (18-5-1). Athena Tongaonevai and Claire Yates each drove in one with a single. Mylie Burns hit a single and Katelynn Rogers hit an RBI sacrifice fly.
UINTAH 21, VIEWMONT 13
VERNAL — Kennedy Embry batted 2 for 5 with a home run, a double and five RBIs but No. 15 Viewmont fell at No. 3 Uintah (20-7) in the first game of a 5A second-round series.
Sydni Steed batted 5 for 5 and scored four runs for Viewmont (16-11). Oakley Sovic and Karli Dickerson each batted 2 for 4 with a double and two RBIs. Jenavieve Eggett hit a two-run double.
SPRINGVILLE 11, BOX ELDER 4
SPRINGVILLE — Maygen-Raye Kaleikini hit a two-run home run but No. 11 Box Elder lost at No. 6 Springville (19-9) in the first game of the 5A second-round series.
Tegan Mecham hit a solo homer for Box Elder (19-12).
FREMONT 10, CLEARFIELD 0
PLAIN CITY — Bridger Clontz scattered two hits over five innings with six strikeouts as No. 1 Fremont blanked No. 22 Clearfield in the first game of their 6A state tournament second-round series.
Gavin Douglas batted 2 for 4 with a home run and four RBIs for Fremont (25-1). Brigg Grange hit an RBI triple and Jaxon Larkin hit an RBI double. Cannon Koford drove in two with a single. Landon Salvesen pitched two perfect innings in relief.
Shadyn Stoker and Jackson Yamashita got the two Clearfield (7-22) hits.
Game 2 in the best-of-three series is scheduled for Friday at 1 p.m.
TAYLORSVILLE 9, WEBER 3
TAYLORSVILLE — Bennett Jensen hit a solo home run as No. 13 Weber lost at No. 6 Taylorsville (22-4) in Game 1 of a 6A second-round series.
Ian Carver batted 3 for 3 with a double for Weber (15-13). Ashton Burnett hit an RBI triple.
BINGHAM 12, SYRACUSE 0
SOUTH JORDAN — No. 21 Syracuse was held to one hit and allowed 11 runs in the third inning in a loss at No. 2 Bingham (21-5) in the first game of the 6A second-round series.
Wyatt Humphrey singled for Syracuse (5-22). Easton Hamblin and Tyler Mitchell each drew a walk.
BOUNTIFUL 3, WOODS CROSS 1
WOODS CROSS — Truman Duryea pitched a complete game with three hits and 11 strikeouts as No. 10 Bountiful won at No. 7 Woods Cross (18-8) in the first game of their 5A second-round series.
Dallin Maxwell batted 3 for 4 with a home run, a double and two RBIs for Bountiful (20-9). Carson Webster went 2 for 3 with a double and drove in one. Drew Beck hit a double.
Blake Stanger batted 2 for 3 for Woods Cross (18-8). Cole Smith hit a single and Taylor Ayala scored a run.
SCORES, NO STATS REPORTED
6A: Farmington 5, West Jordan 2 (12)
6A: Riverton 13, Layton 3
MOUNTAIN RIDGE 1, WEBER 0
PLEASANT VIEW — No. 1 Weber (14-3) saw their season end with an upset home loss to No. 8 Mountain Ridge (11-6) in the 6A quarterfinals.
The Warriors end the year with a 14-3 record.
FARMINGTON 1, BINGHAM 0
SOUTH JORDAN — Davis Wadsworth kept a clean sheet and Chandler Gunn assisted Jaden Petersen on a first-half goal as No. 6 Farmington won at No. 3 Bingham (14-3) in the 6A quarterfinals.
Farmington (13-5) will face No. 18 Herriman in the semifinals at Juan Diego High School on Monday, May 23 at 5:30 p.m.
6A SECOND ROUND
No. 4 Davis 15, No. 13 Bingham 12
No. 5 Syracuse 13, No. 12 Herriman 10
No. 11 Riverton 12, No. 6 Fremont 10
No. 7 Corner Canyon 14, No. 10 Farmington 7
No. 3 Lone Peak 18, No. 14 Weber 4
5A SECOND ROUND
No. 8 Woods Cross 12, No. 9 Lehi 6
No. 5 Jordan 18, No. 12 Bountiful 6
6A SECOND ROUND
No. 2 Davis 19, No. 15 Copper Hills 5
No. 4 Weber 16, No. 13 Riverton 10
No. 7 Lone Peak 11, No. 10 Farmington 2
No. 5 Mountain Ridge 13, No. 12 Roy 6
No. 6 Fremont 19, No. 11 Herriman 6
5A SECOND ROUND
No. 3 Bountiful 20, No. 14 Lehi 3
No. 8 Viewmont 9, No. 9 Maple Mountain 8
No. 2 Park City 19, No. 18 Box Elder 3
No. 5 Skyline 10, No. 12 Northridge 5
4A PLAY-IN GAME
No. 8 Utah Military 6, No. 9 Logan 5
Justin Johnson and Patrick Carr contributed to this report.