by Catherine Garrett
Davis, Bountiful, Viewmont and Woods Cross each picked up at least one win this past week in the early goings of the softball season.
Davis defeated Lehi 11-5 on March 16, breaking open a 2-2 game in the top of the fourth inning with five runs and holding off a Lehi charge with four runs in the final two innings.
Carley Croshaw had three hits, including two home runs, batting in four runs and Lexi Sunderland also produced three hits at the plate. Junior Sidney Eyre also hit a home run – one of her two hits – and had three RBIs. Senior Mia Cullimore picked up the win on the mound.
“It was a good team offensive game for us,” head coach Mylei Zachman said. “We had seven players with multiple hits in the game. I was happy for our kids.”
The Darts are 3-3-1 early in the season.
Bountiful’s first games of the season were at the Snow Canyon Invitational March 16-17.
Against Northridge on March 16, the Braves won 13-0. Bountiful faced Snow Canyon on March 16 and was up 3-0 after the first inning and then scored four more runs in the final two innings for a close 7-5 win.
On March 17, the Braves dominated Gunnison 18-2 and then lost to Clearfield 5-4. Against Clearfield, Bountiful led 2-0 at the end of the second inning before giving up five runs in the middle innings. A late charge by the Braves with two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning came up just short.
Viewmont lost 18-0 in its first game of the season on March 13. The Vikings were down 13-0 after the first two innings and then five more runs over the next three innings for the final margin.
In the March Warm-up Classic March 16-17, Viewmont lost to Morgan 21-6 before picking up its first win 20-7 against North Sevier.
The Vikings closed out the tournament with losses to Emery 3-1, Bonneville, Idaho 22-12 and Hurricane 7-0.
Woods Cross defeated Juan Diego Catholic High School 13-1 March 12 in its first game of the season. The Wildcats jumped on Juan Diego early and were up 12-0 by the end of the third inning before both teams scored a run each for the final margin.
Freshman pitcher Jade Valdez started and had a perfect game in the innings she played, picking up the win on the mound. Junior Niki Golightly pitched in relief and picked up the save.
“I was extremely proud of how the girls played,” new head coach Casey Plowman said. “This was the first time we had stepped foot on the dirt since we have been together as a team.”
Five players had two hits – freshman Elizabeth Busdicker, sophomore Ari Ayala, sophomore Sadie Bevan, junior Julana Te’o and Jess Wall – and combined for six RBIs.
“They all played well,” Plowman said. “They bunted well when asked, executed steals and came up with power hits to score runners. The girls played so well as a team that I couldn’t have been more proud of them for it being their first game.”
Against Roy March 15, Woods Cross suffered its first loss. The Wildcats were down 3-2 going into the final inning and scored two runs to go up 4-3. In the bottom of the seventh, Roy scored two runs for the win.
Freshman Autumn Johnson batted in two runs for Woods Cross. Valdez teamed up with Te’o on the mound with Te’o picking up the loss.
“It was a really good game,” Plowman said. “We had a few mental errors that scored runs, but that comes with being early in the season. I still have a positive outlook for these girls and can’t wait to see where they go as we get further into the season and have more games under our belt.”