Davis, Bountiful, Viewmont and Woods Cross softball teams started regular season play after tournaments last weekend. The Darts, Braves and Wildcats won both of their games this past week, while Viewmont lost its two matchups.
Following tournament play on the opening weekend of the season, Davis picked up two wins against Clearfield 11-1 March 14 and Syracuse 7-3 March 16.
Against Clearfield, the Darts struck early with two runs and gave up Clearfield’s lone run in the top of the third inning, while Davis had three three-run innings to close out the big win.
Pitcher Mia Cullimore threw a four-hitter and also helped herself from the plate with a double. Abbie O’Brien hit a homer and Carley Croshaw and Paige Elkins had doubles to lead the team offensively.
“That was a good team win,” head coach Mylei Zachman said. “We had many players with multiple hits, great defense and great pitching. It was fun to see the girls play well.”
Davis beat Syracuse 7-3, turning a 2-2 game after four innings into a wider margin with five runs through the last three innings.
Cullimore “pitched a great game,” according to Zachman, for her second win of the week on the mound. She also hit a double while O’Brien recorded another homerun and a double.
“Every time we play Syracuse it is a battle,” Zachman said. “We were able to stay consistent and work together.”
Bountiful also picked up two wins last week – against Viewmont 9-2 March 15 and Highland 11-4 March 16.
Bountiful defeated Viewmont with consistent scoring through the first five innings, compiling a 9-0 lead before two late runs by the Vikings made up the final score.
Pitcher McHailee Danner struck out 11 batters and gave up five hits in her win on the mound. Katie Tanner and Dashani Purcell went a combined 7-for-8 from the plate with Purcell hitting a double and a triple and driving in three runs.
“The whole team was outstanding on defense,” head coach Butch Latey said.
Against Highland, Bountiful scored in five of the seven innings of the game and were leading 9-0 before the Rams got on the board.
Purcell stayed hot at the plate this season – hitting .722 through six games – with a double and a triple against the Rams. Danner gave up just one hit in four innings pitched while also hitting a double and stealing two bases. Morgan Ashley recorded her first home run on the season.
“Highland put up a good defensive game,” Latey said.
Viewmont lost both of its games. On March 13, the Vikings lost a close one to Roy 2-1.
Against Bountiful on March 15, Viewmont found itself down 9-0 until the top of the sixth inning when the Vikings scored two runs to avoid a shutout, losing 9-2.
Viewmont’s record is 1-5 on the year.
Woods Cross got its first wins of the season in an 8-0 victory over Northridge March 14 and a 12-0 win over Mountain View March 17.
Against Northridge, the Wildcats struck early, with senior lead-off batter Brooke Brown hitting a huge home run over the left field fence. Senior Caitlin Barber also hit a solo home run in the same inning.
Woods Cross added six more runs in the fourth and fifth innings, including another Barber home run, for the winning margin. Senior pitcher Cori Francis recorded a two-hitter on the mound.
“This was a great way to start out with a home game win,” head coach Chad Lythgoe said. “The seniors led out strong and the rest of the team followed.”
On March 17, the Wildcats scored its runs through the first four innings, led by Caitlin Barber at the plate with two doubles. Pitcher Julana Te’o picked up the win on the mound.