Davis and Bountiful softball teams stay hot


by Catherine Garrett

Clipper sportswriter

The Davis High softball team won its seventh game in a row while Bountiful picked up two wins last week. Woods Cross went 1-2 while Viewmont is still looking for its second win of the season after two losses.

Davis

Davis defeated Syracuse 6-1 on April 10, jumping on the Titans early and were up 5-0 by the end of three innings. The Darts added another run in the fifth inning

Mia Cullimore, Whitney Crowley and Lexi Sunderland hit doubles for Davis while Cullimore picked up the win on the mound.

“It was a good team win over a good Syracuse team,” head coach Mylei Zachman said. “Mia pitched well.”

Davis is now 10-3-1 this year.

Bountiful

Bountiful defeated Copper Hills 19-6 on April 10. The teams were tied at 5-all before Dashani Purcell hit a home run in the fifth inning and Alyssa Bowles’ grand slam in the seventh broken open the game. Katie Tanner hit two doubles to also add to the Braves’ 24-hit total. McHailee Danner pitched from the third inning on and gave up just one hit.

On April 11, Bountiful avenged an earlier loss to Roy with a 7-3 win, its fourth consecutive victory. Danner pitched a seven-hitter, recording her sixth win of the year with four strikeouts. Purcell took her turn with a grand slam in the second inning and added another solo home run in the fifth. Bowles belted a home run and Tanner continued her three-game hitting streak with two more in the Braves’ win.

Bountiful’s record stands at 7-2 on the season.

Viewmont

Viewmont lost 12-0 on April 10 to Box Elder, giving up the game’s runs through the first four innings of play.

“Box Elder is a strong team,” head coach Colette West said. “My team has been improving every game this season. Even though it was a tough loss last night, we saw a lot of great plays from the girls. We are excited moving forward in region play.”

Against Clearfield on April 11, Viewmont lost 15-0. A close 1-0 game through the bottom of the third inning, the Vikings surrendered four runs in the third and then 11 more in the fourth to end the game.

Viewmont jumped out to a 9-0 lead through four innings against Woods Cross on April 12, but surrendered 20 runs through the next three innings in its eight straight loss.

Viewmont is 1-9 overall and winless in region play so far this season.

Woods Cross

Woods Cross lost to Box Elder 12-2 on April 9. The teams had a scoreless tie going into the bottom of the third inning. Woods Cross gave up eight runs before finally getting on the board with some hits and a couple of runs in the late innings.

“We played them really tough for three innings,” head coach Casey Plowman said. “We had a few mental errors and physical errors that allowed them to put up five runs. Their pitcher was a strong pitcher. Box Elder is a strong team all the way around. They are a really tough opponent.”

Plowman credited Julana Te’o for “pitching a great game for us.” “She gave up only one walk and kept their hitting off balance,” Plowman said.

Against Roy on April 10, Woods Cross gave up an early run before tying things up at 1-all by the end of the third inning. The Wildcats took the lead in the fifth inning and Roy countered with a run in the sixth for a 2-2 tie. Roy scored in the eighth inning for a 3-2 win.

Freshman Mekenna Trader put her first home run over the fence in centerfield and freshman Jade Valdez “pitched another amazing game for us,” according to Plowman.

“This was a really tough loss,” Plowman said. “Both teams played a really great game. We stranded too many runners at the beginning of the game, and then their pitcher shut us down.”

Against Viewmont on April 13, Woods Cross won 21-9, battling back from nine runs down midway through the game.

“Viewmont came out ready to play,” Plowman said. “They had us shutout until the fifth inning when our bats woke up.”

Sophomore Sara Morrison got the scoring started, driving in a runner on third for the team’s first run. She had three hits and four RBIs to lead the Wildcats offensively. Freshman Autumn Johnson belted a homerun, senior Syd Wood had a “clutch hit” and Trader, Valdez and Te’o also had three-hit games.

“My hitters really turned it around and came up big to get a region win,” Plowman said. “I’m very proud of the girls for not giving up and playing all the way until the seventh inning.”

Woods Cross is 3-4 so far this season.

“We are slowly putting things together,” Plowman said. “I am proud of these girls and the fight that they have.”

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