Softball roundup: Lady Thunder strike for 12 unanswered in big comeback vs. HHS

Hurricane at Desert Hills, St. George, Utah, April, 1, 2014 | Photo by Dave Amodt, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — It’s amazing what one swing of the bat can do for a team.

Desert-Hills-smhurricane-smFacing a 9-3 deficit in the fifth inning against Hurricane and mired in a three-game losing streak Tuesday afternoon, the Desert Hills dugout was as low as can be. Dalys Coil stepped to the plate with a teammate on base and blasted a home run to left field and everything changed.

“It was like, ‘OK, we can do this,'” DH coach Brady Fonnesbeck said. “Their whole attitude changed. All of the sudden, they were into it.”

Armed with the momentum and that new attitude, Desert Hills scored 12 straight runs over the next two innings and won the game easily, 15-9, to improve to 7-6 overall and 2-2 in region play.

Hurricane at Desert Hills, St. George, Utah, April, 1, 2014 | Photo by Dave Amodt, St. George News
Hurricane at Desert Hills, St. George, Utah, April, 1, 2014 | Photo by Dave Amodt, St. George News

“We had hit the ball hard all game long, we just hadn’t gotten it to fall in,” Fonnesbeck said. “We knew we could hit it, but we had taken some pretty tough losses against Cedar and Canyon View and our confidence was down a bit. But this region, well any team can beat any other team on a given day.”

After a couple of winless region seasons, the Thunder are hoping to make a push for the state playoffs.

“That’s our goal,” Fonnesbeck said. “We want to finish in one of the top four places in region and qualify for the state playoffs. This is a good region and we want to get our program up so that we are competing for a title every year. That’s where it needs to be.”

Desert Hills next plays at Pine View Friday. Hurricane, 4-8 and 0-4, is home for Canyon View Friday.

Snow Canyon 8, Cedar 6

snow-canyon-smcedar-smSkylar Gates had four hits and the Lady Warriors posted up a four-spot in the fourth inning to cruise past Cedar.

The Lady Reds scored three runs late to make the score look a little closer, but SC was in control for most of the game.

Heather Prestwich got the win for Snow Canyon, which now owns first place by a half-game of Cedar. Shelbee Hutchings homered for the Warriors, who improved to 8-3 overall and 4-1 in region play. SC’s next action is next Tuesday at Desert Hills.

Cedar, 5-7 and 3-1, got four RBIs from Javlyn Weaver. The Lady Reds are home for Dixie Friday afternoon.

Canyon View 5, Dixie 0

The Lady Falcons skipped past Dixie and into third place in Region 9 with the win Tuesday.

CV, 8-4 and 3-2, plays at Hurricane Friday. Dixie, 5-8 and 2-2, is at Cedar.

Region 9
Snow Canyon 4 1 44 16 .800 8 3 101 44 .727
Cedar 3 1 40 22 .750 5 7 85 80 .417
Canyon View 3 2 34 13 .600 8 4 96 79 .667
Dixie 2 2 20 18 .500 5 8 91 65 .385
Desert Hills 2 2 31 47 .500 7 6 93 117 .538
Pine View 1 3 21 30 .250 5 6 99 97 .455
Hurricane 0 4 14 53 .000 4 8 78 122 .333

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