Softball seasons winding down


by Catherine Garrett

Clipper sportswriter

Davis, Bountiful, Viewmont and Woods Cross all had losses last week – with the Braves and Wildcats securing a win as well – as the season comes to a close and teams gear up for the state tournaments.

Davis

Davis lost to Region 1’s top team, Syracuse, 7-3 on May 3.

The Darts were down 2-0 until they evened the score in the fourth inning. In the top of the sixth, Davis scored the go-ahead run, but the lead was short-lived with five runs by Syracuse in the bottom half of the inning for the final score.

“We did a lot of good things, but Syracuse made more plays than we did,” head coach Mylei Zachman said. “We were beat by a good team.”

Davis’ season record stands at 12-6 for the year while it holds a 7-3 Region 1 mark.

Bountiful

Bountiful lost just its second region game this season with a 3-2 setback against Roy on May 1. In their earlier matchup this year, the Braves defeated Roy 2-1 March 20. In this game, the Braves battled back from an early 3-0 deficit to score two runs in the bottom of the third inning, but that ended up being the final score.

Kayla Webb led offensively with a 3-for-4 plate appearance while Katie Tanner and Sophie Stoddard added three hits each towards Bountiful’s 12 hits.

Against Viewmont on May 3, the Braves won 16-4.

“We exploded for 13 runs in the third inning and were led by Abby Steed’s first home run of the year,” head coach Butch Latey said.

Steed, Libby Hawker, Dashani Purcell and Alyssa Bowles all had two hits to help the team offensively. McHailee Danner and Annie Salazer combined for the pitching in the win.

Bountiful and Box Elder are tied for the Region 5 lead with 8-2 records. The Braves are 17-4 overall this season.

Viewmont

Viewmont is still looking for its first region win of the season after an 11-8 loss to Woods Cross on May 1.

The Vikings were down 2-1 early before scoring three runs in the top of the third inning. Woods Cross countered with three straight three-run innings and the Vikings were unable to close the comeback.

“They played hard and we outhit them 15-10,” head coach Colette West said. “Unfortunately, we had six errors. Woods Cross only had three earned runs.”

West credited Emily Barton for throwing “a good game” on the mound.

Against Bountiful on May 3, Viewmont battled back from a 16-0 deficit to put four runs on the board to avoid the shutout in a 16-4 loss.

The Vikings have yet to win a region matchup in Region 5 and are 0-11 and 1-15 overall.

Wood Cross

Woods Cross picked up its third region win of the season with an 11-8 victory over Viewmont on May 1.

Sophomore Sadie Bevan drove in three runs on two hits to lead the Wildcats offensively. Sophomore Ari Ayala and freshman Elizabeth Busdicker also had two hits each. Niki Golightly picked up the win on the mound.

“My girls were aggressive with their bats,” head coach Casey Plowman said. “Every time Viewmont scored, we answered back and scored. I am really proud of how my girls came together and were able to pull a win together.”

Against Box Elder on May 3, Woods Cross got down early 10-0 and scored two runs in the third inning in a 12-2 loss.

“Box Elder is just a great team and they came out ready to hit,” Plowman said. “We just aren’t hitting the ball right now.”

Woods Cross is now 3-8 this season with a 4-15 overall record.

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