KAYSVILLE — After Layton and Davis combined for 31 runs and 36 hits on Friday, the burning question on everyone’s mind was “how did these two teams both get shut out on Thursday?”
Finally playing a game that had been previously postponed twice, Layton outlasted Davis 18-13 in a Region 1 classic that was one for the ages.
“Today we changed our mindset on how we warmed up; I said we need line-drive hits today,” Layton coach Kiley Crockett said. “Yesterday we were going for home runs late, trying to get four runs with one hit; we’ve got to have base by base.”
Diminutive Bailey Nay, who stands 5-foot-5 and maybe weighs 100 pounds in uniform, came up big for the Lancers with three hits, three runs scored and four RBIs.
“I came in focused today and I just took it one pitch at a time, knew I needed to do a job,” Nay said. “Our mindset changed today. As a team we did what we needed to do to get runs in and go all out.”
Jackie Gold pitched the entire game for Layton, getting the win with an unforgettable stat line: seven innings, 13 runs allowed, 17 hits surrendered, five strikeouts and four walks.
“Take it one pitch at a time; the game isn’t over until the third out in the seventh inning,” Gold said. “I get determined. I want to do better the next pitch. My team had my back and put up a five-run cushion on the board.”
The six, seven and eight hitters in the Layton (14-8, 9-1 in Region 1) lineup — Maci Harrop, Kaitlyn Roberts and Nay — scored nine runs, had eight hits and drove in eight runs.
Leadoff hitter Tylor Comeau stroked two hits, including a triple, scored two runs and plated three teammates, while Brooklyn Pritchett had two hits, drove in three and saved several runs with a pair of spectacular catches in centerfield.
Gold helped her cause with three hits, two runs scored and a pair of RBIs.
Davis held a 5-3 lead after two innings, then Layton went up for good with a six-run third inning (when eight straight batters reached base with two outs) and a four-run fourth.
Catcher Rachel Stott helped Davis (13-5, 7-3) to the early lead with a titanic, two-run home run over the centerfield fence. She finished the afternoon with three hits, three runs scored and the pair of runs batted in.
Britney Brklacich went 3 for 3 and scored three Davis runs, adding three RBIs and two walks. Kya Wilmott had four hits, two runs scored and three runs batted in. Paige Elkins lined four singles and had three RBIs.
Wilmott started in the circle for Davis, was relieved by Maggie Miller and then re-entered the circle in the seventh inning, striking out the last two batters she faced.
“It’s just the way the game of softball goes sometimes,” Davis coach Mylei Zachman said. “Hitting is contagious; you start hitting a couple and everyone wants their turn. Sometimes it goes the other way.”