WASHINGTON TERRACE — It was a race to the finish.
Earlier this week, Bonneville High was still getting its softball field ready, leveling the infield dirt and installing guard rails in front of the dugouts.
That was Tuesday and Wednesday in advance of Thursday's game against Fremont, a day the Lakers' softball coach Brenda Hart had been waiting for.
Bonneville cut the ribbon on a newly renovated softball field Thursday afternoon. Gone are the old dugouts (which were really chain-link fences on concrete slabs) and the old, domed fencing behind home plate.
In its place are two brand-new dugouts, on par with the dugouts one can see a few hundred feet away at the baseball field, and taller fencing behind home plate.
"We are super excited, we've had huge support from the community. I love it, the girls deserve it," Hart said.
They didn't skip the pomp and circumstance, either. A ribbon was cut, the school's band played some music and blue and yellow balloons were everywhere, including one squiggly yellow balloon that rode a gust of wind all the way to center field.
"There have been other focuses that we've put in throughout the years, like putting in a batting cage, and finally we had a ton of support from the community to help us get the dugouts," Hart said.
As for the game, the temperature was such that once the sun disappeared behind clouds, one could've heard a collective teeth clenching coming from the spectators.
Fremont didn't get the 'cold' memo as the Silver Wolves sprinted to a 6-0 lead in the first inning and scored four runs in both of the fourth and sixth innings to grab a 14-3 win and somewhat spoil the occasion.
Rylie Bennett, Hunter Pales and Kynlee Hoggan all reached base to start for Fremont, then Aubree Morrow hit a home run and suddenly it was 4-0 with no outs. Whitnee Weston and Mikayla Morse drove in back-to-back runs with two outs for the 6-0 lead.
Avery Hall drove in the Lakers' first run on the new field, hitting a triple to score Lexie Sulkey in the bottom of the fourth inning. That brought the score back to 10-1 after Morrow, Stalee Hadley and Jadie Aiken scored consecutively with two outs.