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Prep softball playoffs: Bonneville forces Game 3; high-scoring affair suspended due to darkness

By Bob Judson - Special to the Standard-Examiner | May 20, 2022

WASHINGTON TERRACE — No. 2 Bonneville softball lost to No. 17 Payson on Thursday in the first game of a best-of-three series in the second round of the 5A state tournament.

Which meant, if there were two games Friday, both would be sudden-death elimination bouts.

The Lakers took care of business Friday in Game 2, coming from behind to beat the Lions 14-6.

Bonneville led Game 3, 17-12, after four innings when the contest was suspended due to darkness.

Play will resume at 2 p.m. Saturday. The winner advances to the final-eight championship bracket next week.


Bonneville held a 4-1 lead after four innings when Payson reached Laker starter Emmaline DeGroot for five runs in the top of the fifth inning to go up 6-4.

Brityn Buchanan led off the bottom of the fifth with a walk and DeGroot, now the batter, hit a towering two-run homer to center to get the Lakers back to even.

Third baseman Kelli Scadden made it back-to-back home runs with another blast and Bonneville led 7-6.

The Lakers added three more runs to make it 10-6, batting around in the inning, and closed with four more runs in the sixth for the final margin.

DeGroot had two hits and three RBIs for the Lakers and pitched all seven innings for the win.

Stocktyn Stevenson got three hits, scored three runs and had two RBIs. Catcher Sara Clausse went 2 for 4 with three runs scored and an RBI.


Bonneville, playing as the visiting team for Game 3 of the series, sent 17 batters to the plate in the second inning and scored 12 runs to take a 14-2 lead after an inning and a half.

All nine players in the lineup scored at least one run in the inning, with Clausse, Stevenson and Peighton Summers each scoring twice.

Summers has already scored four runs in the suspended game and had three RBIs. Stevenson has three runs scored and a two-run single.

Bonneville went up 15-2 in the third inning, but Payson scored three in the bottom half to stay alive and send the game to the fourth.

The Lakers got two more in the fourth to lead 17-5 and were ready to run-rule the Lions, but Payson scored seven runs to make it 17-12 and bring on darkness.

DeGroot pitched every inning of all three games and was rightly exhausted. She said her arm was numb and her legs ached.

Payson scored 10 runs over the final two innings to extend play to Saturday.


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