Snow excited to sign five new

women basketball players to join

returning players for next season

Apr. 26, 2018

 

EPHRAIM—Five new freshman players join six returning players on the Snow College women’s basketball team.

Mike Russell, their coach, is happy and excited about the five who have signed on—and about the upcoming season.

He said, “This is the most complete class—top to bottom—that we’ve signed in my three years here. We’re adding size and length, more athleticism and a lot of scoring firepower.”

He attributes a lot of the team’s success last season to the five players who stayed on: “We feel strongly that having six players with experience, while adding five very capable freshman to the mix will be the perfect combination for continued success.”

The Lady Badgers finished last season 22-8 and came in second in the Scenic West Athletic Conference.

The five freshmen added to the team are 5-foot 9-inch guard Claire Newby from St. George (Pine View High School), 5-foot 11-inch forward Samantha Barnett from Highland (Lone Peak High School), 5-foot 7-inch guard Rachel Richards also from Highland (Lone Peak High School), 5-foot 8-inch guard Tia Heggie from Cardston, Alberta, Canada (American Leadership Academy in Queen Creek, Ariz.) and 6-foot guard Rachel Roberts from Carlsbad, Calif. (San Marcos High School).

Newby was a four-year varsity starter in high school, and she averaged 11.9 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game as a senior.

Russell said, “We’ve been recruiting Claire since her freshman season, which is longer than any other player we have coming in.”

He added, “She is of high character, a great student and a great player. Claire is also very versatile, and we believe that she’ll be able to help our team in a lot of areas because of her ability to play several positions.”

Barnett averaged 7.7 points and 5.6 rebounds per game as a senior (2014-15) then suffered a knee injury. She served an 18-month mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Alpine German-Speaking Mission).

Russell said Barnett “brings a lot of maturity and leadership, as well as a toughness that’s hard to find. She plays so much bigger than she is because of how strong she is, and once she gets her legs back, I think it’ll be difficult for anyone (other than her) to get a rebound.”

In high school, Richards was a two-year varsity starter and averaged 7.8 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.7 steals per game as a senior.

Russell said of Richards, “She is an awesome, extremely under the radar, ball player,” and “she flat out does whatever she can to help her team win, and, quite frankly, we need more of that in our program.”

 Heggie averaged 23 points, 6.7 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 6.2 steals per game as a senior. She scored over 1,000 career points, scored over 40 points in a game three times and was a varsity starter for three years at her high school.

Russell said of Heggie: “Tia’s an unbelievable scorer, but the thing that makes her so good is that she gets it done on the defensive end,” and “she scores, she defends, she rebounds, she distributes,” and more.

Roberts averaged 13.1 points, 7.6 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 2.3 steals and 2.8 blocks per game as a senior. She scored over 1,000 career points and was a varsity starter for three years at her high school.

Concerning Roberts, Russell said, “I think we’re getting a steal of a deal with Rachel because I believe she’s a Division-I talent. To have a kid that can literally play all five positions on the court is extremely rare.”

Summing it all up, Russell said, “I feel like we have done a nice job recruiting kids that fit our culture. From a character standpoint, academically and, of course, on-court ability, these new freshmen will fit right in with what we have established here at Snow. We are really excited about this 2018 class.”

Gunnison’s McKaylyn Edwards goes to bat against the Delta Rabbits last Tuesday in non-region action. The Lady Bulldogs earned a convincing victory at home, 10-0.

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Above, the Wasatch Academy Swim Team that competed at the recent Utah State 3A Swim Championship. Back row left to right- Coach Trish Rasmussen, Emanuel Flores, Zane Rasmussen, Sam Leavitt, Ben Cottam, Jake Quakenbush, Oliver Wood, Francesca Boyer, Clista Galecki, Assetou Diop, Rokiatou Diop. Front Row left to Right- Monlam Tehshar, Camilla Taysi, Sam Wood, Angelica Varillas.

Wasatch swimmers host first swim meet

 

By James Tilson

Staff writer

Apr. 19, 2018

 

MT. PLEASANT—Area high school swim teams reaped the rewards of a new swim facility this year at the 3A State Swim Championship.

This was Wasatch Academy’s sixth season fielding a swim team, but the first time the academy hosted a swim meet in Mt. Pleasant. Wasatch Academy and North Sanpete shared the new Aquatic Center facility that just opened this year.

North Sanpete Coach Brittany Adams said the new facility helped the team prepare and compete at a higher level. “It definitely played a part, “she said. “It allowed the team to practice with less stress and travel.” Adams also said it was a new feeling to have a home pool. “It represented their home, and it gave them something to try harder for.”

Wasatch Academy Coach Trish Rasmussen agreed: ‘This was by far the most fun, most positive, successful season of my six years coaching at Wasatch Academy,” she said. Rasmussen believes the advantage of having a pool in Mount Pleasant will enable the returning athletes to improve their times next year.

The Wasatch Academy swim team successfully competed in the 3A State Swim Championship with two swimmers, Oliver Wood and Clista Galecki, leading the way for the boys and girls teams, respectively. Oliver Wood took 4th place in the 100-yard breaststroke and 5th place in the 200-yard individual medley. Clista Galecki took fourht place in the 200-yard individual medley and sixth place in the 100-yard backstroke. The men’s 200-yard medley relay team of Sam Wood, Oliver Wood, Jake Quakenbush and Monlam Teshar took fifth place. The combined score for the boys and girls teams was 167.5 points, which was good enough for 12th place overall.

The North Sanpete High School swim team also did well at the 3A state meet, with three swimmers, Allie Boyer, Eli Crittenden and Porter Hellander placing during the meet. Allie Boyer took fifth place in the women’s 200-yard freestyle. Eli Crittenden placed fourth in the men’s 50-yard freestyle, and third in the men’s 100-yard freestyle. Porter Hellander placed fourth in the men’s 100-yard freestyle. The combined score for the girls and boys teams was 22 points, good enough for 19th place.

Manti softball team wins 16-1 over

Emery, now in third place in region

 

By James Tilson

Staff writer

Apr. 19, 2018

 

MANTI—The Manti High School softball team swept a Region 15 opponent last week to advance in the region standings, anticipating a possible post-season bid.

On Tuesday, the Lady Templars traveled to Emery for the first game in the series. Manti exploded for nine runs in the second inning alone, en route to a 16-1 victory. Hits were scattered up and down the Manti lineup, but Tyra Hermansen led the team with three RBIs on two hits. Kiana Pogroszewski picked up the win for the Lady Templars.

In the return game in Manti on Friday, the Lady Templars once again scored a nine run inning to run away with a 14-4 victory. Tyra Hermansen once again had three RBIs, but so did Lexie Alder on two doubles. Pogroszewski again got the win for the Lady Templars.

Manti Coach Susan Hatch credits the offensive explosion in last week’s games to “improved discipline at the plate, and being consistent throughout the entire game.”

With five games left in the region schedule, the Lady Templars sport a 4-3 region record, and sit in third place in the region. There is enough time for them to catch up to region leading North Sanpete before the end of the season, with a little help.

Manti baseball team splits games

with Emery, now 4-10 overall

 

By James Tilson

Staff writer

Apr. 19, 2018

 

MANTI—The Manti High School baseball team split its season series with Emery last week to remain in contention for a playoff spot in the post-season.

In the first game on Tuesday in Emery, the Templars struggled to put hits together to score runs, only managing to score two runs all game. Meanwhile, the Spartans were able to put together a few big innings, and put seven runs across the plate to win the first game 2-7. Adam Huff had a triple and Jace Miller had a double in the losing effort.

At the return game on Friday in Manti, Coach James Nelson handed the ball over to senior Matt Nelson, and he did not disappoint. Nelson pitched seven innings of one run ball, and allowed the Templars to walk away with a 2-1 victory. “Splitting with Emery was very important for us, as it keep us in playoff contention,” Coach Nelson said. “Matt pitched a gem in going all seven innings at home on Friday striking out seven without any walks. Our defense being error free was the difference.”

Manti sits at 2-5 in Region 15, 4-10 overall. Manti is in sixth place in region standings with five region games left. If the Templars can keep their position in the standings, they will qualify for the post-season.

In series against No. Sevier,

Gunnison wins one game, but

also suffers first loss of season

 

By James Tilson
Staff writer

Apr. 19, 2018

 

GUNNISON—In two “emotional” rivalry games, Gunnison and North Sevier split their season series, with North Sevier giving Gunnison its first region loss of the year.

The series started last Tuesday at Gunnison, with the Bulldogs hosting the Wolves. The Wolves struck first, getting a run across in the first inning, and holding onto its slim lead through the first three innings. But the Bulldogs struck back in the bottom of the fourth and took a 2-1 lead. That lead held until the top of the sixth, when the Wolves jumped on some Bulldog mistakes to score six runs for the eventual final score of 2-7.

Bulldog Coach Jared Anderson agreed the series with North Sevier was “very tight and very emotional.” “We held a slim 2-1 lead in that game going into the top of the sixth, but we ended up making a couple of costly mistakes and they capitalized on them and took game one,” he said.

On Friday, the teams met up again in Salina for the rematch. Coach Anderson was determined to not let his team get down: “We really emphasized after the loss of staying energized but focused.”

The team’s approach led to a fast start for the Bulldogs, as they jumped out to a 5-1 lead by the third inning. Once again, the Wolves tried to make a come-back attempt, but came up short this time, losing 5-4.

In the second game, Ty Hill had a double, and Janzen Kiesel picked up the win.

The loss to North Sevier put the Bulldogs in second place in Region 2A North to Rowland Hall. However, Rowland Hall has only played three region games, and four games overall, and has a lot of region games to play still. Gunnison sits at 6-1 with five region games left.

Coach Anderson feels his team is on the right track for post-season play. “Our team is doing really well. We still have some fine adjustments to make so that we can be executing well as we enter the post-season.”

Hawks go 2-1 last week

to preserve top ranking

By James Tilson

Staff writer

Apr. 19, 2018

 

MT PLEASANT—The North Sanpete High School softball team went 2-1 last week to preserve its lead atop the Region 15 standings and started to look ahead to post-season play.

The Lady Hawks, starting the week undefeated in region play atop the Region 15 standings, hosted the Richfield Lady Wildcats on last Tuesday.

What has become a signature performance this year, the Lady Hawk offense took control of the game early, scoring 15 runs in the first two innings and 16 overall for a 16-1 victory. Addelyn Brotherson accounted for five RBIs, with a double and a home run. Freshman pitcher Graciee Christiansen got the win for the Lady Hawks.

On Wednesday, the Lady Hawks traveled to Grand County to take on the Red Devils in a double-header. In the first game, the Lady Hawks uncharacteristically struggled at the plate, and could not put together a big inning on their way to their first region loss of the year, 5-8.

But in the night-cap, the Lady Hawks got back to their strong offense with a 11-4 victory. The Lady Hawks jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first inning, and did not look back. Addelyn Brotherson, Kelby Henry and Brooke Price all banged in home runs for the Lady Hawks. And Christiansen got another win as well.

At 8-1 in Region 15, the Lady Hawks still hold first place in the region. With only three games left in region play for the Lady Hawks, they are in good position to draw a high seed for post-season play.

Hawks baseball team

loses all three games

By James Tilson

Staff writer

Apr. 19, 2018

 

MT. PLEASANT—The North Sanpete High School baseball team struggled last week, losing three Region 15 games and losing ground in the race to the post-season.

On Tuesday, the Hawks, who were sitting at .500 in region play at the time, hosted the Richfield Wildcats. The Wildcats exploded for 11 runs against the Hawks, as the Hawks were not able to keep up. The final score was 4-11. Shawn Taylor accounted for two of the Hawks four RBIs on a double.

The next day, the Hawks hosted a double-header with the Grand County Red Devils. In the first game, the Red Devils jumped out to an early lead, scoring 12 runs in the first three innings. But the Hawks kept scratching and clawing, getting a run here and there. In the sixth inning, the Hawks made a big run at the Devils, scoring six runs to bring their total to 12. But they fell just short, as the Devils scored the last run for a 12-13 victory.

In the second game, the Hawks just did not have the juice, and fell to the Devils 1-11.

From being .500 in region play, the Hawks now sit at 3-6 and fifth place in Region 15. With three games left in region play, the Hawks are probably not in danger of missing post-season play, but they are going to need to find some offense to successfully compete in the future.

North Sanpete’s Graciee Christiansen watches the ball fly to outfield in the Lady Hawks’ 8-2 win against Manti on Tuesday, April 3.

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Gunnison Valley’s Avery Anderson (No. 2) readies to swing as North Sanpete’s Conner Christiansen catches in Gunnison’s 11-1 win on Wednesday, April 4, in Mt. Pleasant.

 

Bulldogs continue to

dominate 2A baseball

 

By James Tilson

Staff writer

Apr. 12, 2018

 

GUNNISON—The Gunnison Valley High School baseball team continued on its scorching pace last week, winning three games in a row, scoring at least 11 runs in every game and giving up only one run for the entire week.

Gunnison played two 2A opponents last week—North Summit on Tuesday, April 3, and again on Friday, April 6.

In the first game, which was played at North Summit, the winning pitcher, Bowen Jensen, spun a sterling show, giving up only two hits over six innings and no runs, as well hitting three doubles himself.

But Parx Batholomew had an even better outing at the plate, hitting three home runs in the road victory, 15-0.

In the game in Gunnison last Friday, the Bulldogs continued their offensive explosion, scoring 13 runs on only nine hits.

But the two Bulldog pitchers, Hyrum Leatherwood and Bartholomew, combined to throw a no-hitter to shut out North Summit 13-0.

In between, Gunnison visited 3A North Sanpete for a Sanpete County showdown.

The Bulldogs jumped out to an early lead with four runs in the first inning. Meanwhile, freshman pitcher Janzen Keisel and his strong fastball stymied the Hawk batters all game, allowing only three hits and one run.

Gunnison scored four more runs in the fourth and three in the sixth to make another impressive statement, winning over North Sanpete 11-1.

For the year, Gunnison is 5-0 in Region 2A North and 12-3 overall.

They are outscoring their region opponents 79-6 and all of their opponents 148-42.

With their combination of overwhelming offense and stout pitching, the Bulldogs are lining up for another run at the 2A state title.

 

Madison Norris (left) from Manti High and Sheilah Cheruiyot from Wasatch Academy battle for first place in the 800 meter last Saturday.

 

Manti hosts Temple View

Qualifier track tournament

 

By Kellie Harrison

Guest writer

Apr. 12, 2018

 

MANTI—High school track teams in the county are warming up with the warmer weather, and teams from Manti, Gunnison Valley, North Sanpete and Wasatch Academy showed their stuff as they competed at the TempleView Qualifier in Manti on Friday, April 6.

 

Gunnison Valley High

Carl Wimmer, a Gunnison Valley High School coach, said they had more kids turn out this season for track, which translates into many first-time competitors. Yet the team is doing better than in previous years.

Gunnison Valley High School athlete Garrett Francis (right) leaps a hurdle while trailing a Tintic High athlete last Saturday during a track meet in Manti. Francis’s specialty is the high jump and is one of the school’s top track athletes.

 

Garrett Francis, a sophomore, is one of Gunnison’s top athletes. His main event is high jump and, according to Wimmer, “He can jump as high as he is tall.” He currently jumps six feet.

Ben Jacko Hill is also a sophomore at Gunnison. He took 15th in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:21. Hill has already qualified for the BYU Invitational.

Another one of Gunnison’s top athletes is Annika Liddiard. She took 13th out of 50 competitors with a time of 14.14 seconds in the 100-meter dash at the TempleView Qualifier last Friday.

Jade Wimmer, a Gunnison sprinter, took first in the 200-meter dash at the TempleView Qualifier with a time of 26.32 seconds. She also took first in the 400-meter dash with a time of one minute. She has already qualified for state in both the 200 meter and the 400 meter.

 

Wasatch Academy

Bill Bedford, Wasatch Academy’s track coach, said that for the first time in a while, they have a lot of boys competing in many different events.

Their top thrower is Reuben Stromquist, who took seventh in javelin with a throw of 128 feet and 5 inches.

Brayden Butler is a 400- and 800-meter runner who, according to Bedford, is doing well so far in the season and his teammate, Dallon Larsen, is a 400-meter runner who is currently ranked second in 2A at 53 seconds.

Bedford said, “We are looking to see what some of the other boys can do and then formulate some quality relays.” Jake Palmer and Ben Cottam are showing promise in the sprinting events.

For the girls, Bedford said their top athletes are again a trio of Kenyans who specialize in the distance races. Sheilah Cheruiyot, a junior, won the 800-meter run with a school record time of 2:30, with Ashley Lagat taking fourth place.

 

North Sanpete

Scott Butler, the North Sanpete High School coach, said they are excited for this season. They have already had many athletes qualify for the BYU Invitational.

Their top distance runner, Orange Peel, took eighth in the mile at the TempleView Qualifier with a time of 5:04. His personal record is 4:58.

Jamal Mayoul, North Sanpete’s top jumper, took 14th in long jump on April 6 with a jump of 17 feet and fifth in high jump with a jump of 5 feet and 8 inches.

Linty Flinders, a junior, took third place in the 400 meter last Friday. She finished with a time of 1:03.

 

Parker and Izzy Hightower are brother and sister and are also North Sanpete’s top sprinters. Izzy ran a 13-second 100-meter dash, taking first place, and her brother, Parker, took second with a time of 11.56 seconds.

 

Manti

Concerning his team, Jack Rapier, Manti’s coach, said, “We are excited and training to do our best.” He said every year is a different year.

Manti High athlete Brody Barson prepares to release his javelin during the track meet last Saturday.

 

Rapier said they had a successful meet. Two-thirds of Manti’s team made personal records at the TempleView Qualifier on April 6.

Madison Norris, a senior, ran the 800 meter in 2:31 seconds and took second place.

Kjiersten Birch, throwing 99 feet 6 inches, and Keyera Braithwaite, throwing 88 feet 6 inches, took sixth and eighth in javelin at the TempleView Qualifier.

Brody Barson took fifth in javelin, throwing 128 feet 8 inches, and his teammate, Jens Lefevre, placed 11th throwing 124 feet 3 inches.

In the 400-meter race, senior Riley Searle took first at the TempleView Qualifier with a time of 51.88 seconds, and junior Jaden Sterner took third place with a time of 52.77 seconds.

North Sanpete’s Tyler Hadley (No. 10) races down the base path to get a hit as Manti’s Braden Miller (right) throws to first baseman Kole Brailsford (No. 8) for the Templars in the Hawks’ 8-6 win on Tuesday, April 3.

North Sanpete, Manti

both win one game

 

By James Tilson

Staff writer

Apr. 12, 2018

 

MT. PLEASANT—County rivals played their season baseball series last week and split their two games, with North Sanpete winning the first game in Mt. Pleasant 8-6 and Manti taking the return game in Manti 17-7.

The first game, played on Tuesday, April 3, was a tight affair throughout.

The Hawks held the early lead until Manti burst out in the fourth inning with three runs with a single by Jace Miller and a double by Matt Nelson.

Manti kept the lead until the bottom of the sixth, when North Sanpete’s Keegan Eliason hit a home run with two on to put the Hawks in the lead by the final score of 8-6.

The Hawks’ Shawn Taylor picked up the win, and Braden Miller was the losing pitcher.

On the return game in Manti on Friday, April 6, the Templars were determined to not leave the game in doubt until the end.

Manti exploded for six runs in the first inning and led for the rest of the game.

The Templars scored 17 runs on 13 hits as they won 17-7.

Tristan Barnes hit a double and a triple for the Templars, and Nelson was the winning pitcher. Taylor picked up the loss.

At the end of last week, North Sanpete stood at 3-3 in Region 15, 9-6 overall. That was good enough for fourth in the region.

Meanwhile, Manti is struggling this season, with a region record of 1-4 and 3-8 overall.

Lady Bulldogs hit big to

bring home two wins

 

By James Tilson

Staff writer

Apr. 12, 2018

 

GUNNISON—The Lady Bulldogs of Gunnison Valley High continued their impressive start to 2A region softball play by blasting region opponents North Sevier 13-1 and Millard 10-4 last week.

The Lady Bulldogs traveled to Salina on Tuesday, April 3, to take on the Lady Wolves of North Sevier.

Gunnison jumped on North Sevier early and banged out runs in every inning, scoring 13 runs on 19 hits. Madison Edwards led the Lady Bulldogs, hitting safely in all her at-bats, scoring four runs, with four RBI on one double and two home runs.

Emily Brackett was the winning pitcher, going all five innings, giving up one run on two hits, with seven strikeouts.

Tyson Brackett, Gunnison’s coach, said his team is having fun during their win streak: “Our pitching and defense was really on, only giving up two hits and one run. Most of our hitters were seeing the ball good. They are having fun together.”

The fun continued on Thursday, April 5, as Gunnison traveled to Millard to take on the Lady Eagles. Once again, the Lady Bulldogs dominated, winning 10-4.

The Lady Bulldogs waited until the third inning to bust out, scoring five runs in the third and then three in the fourth.

Overall, Gunnison scored 10 runs on 18 hits. Paige King led the Lady Bulldogs with four RBI with a double.

Emily was once again the winning pitcher, striking out 13 over seven innings.

Coach Brackett said his team did not play their best ball against Millard like they did earlier in the week: “But the sign of a good team is to pull out wins even if you are not playing your best softball. A win is a win, and in region every win is important.”

After last week, the Lady Bulldogs are at the top of the Region 2A Central standings, with a 4-0 region record.

With half the region schedule complete, Gunnison is in good position to secure the top seed for the playoffs.

But Coach Brackett is cautioning his team against complacency: “I never want to look too far ahead. I like to take it one game at a time because you never want to overlook someone or take it easy. We need to keep the same focus in every game we play.”

He added, “I don’t like to be satisfied. I want to keep pushing the girls to be better.”

Lady Badgers sweep four-game

series against USU-Eastern at home

 

By Doug Johnson

Guest writer

Apr. 5, 2018

 

EPHRAIM—The Lady Badger softball team of Snow College pulled off a four-game sweep of the Lady Eagles of Utah State University–Eastern this past weekend on their home field in Ephraim.

The Lady Badgers earned walk-off wins in both ends of the doubleheader on Friday, March 30, 12-11 and 5-4, and came back to win the doubleheader on Saturday, March 31, by scores of 11-3 and 8-2.

Snow sophomore outfielder Emily Adams was the hero in the series opener, smacking a walk-off homer in the bottom of the seventh after the teams came into the final inning tied at 11.

Adams led five Lady Badger hitters who each had a pair of hits in the opener, including Dakota Hare, Haylie Smith, Avery Reynolds and Brooke Brown, who had three RBI with a double and a home run. Second baseman Syd Wilson had a two-run homer for Snow.

Lady Badger sophomore lefty Riley Cleverly was credited with the win after relieving starter Sydni Sorensen in the fifth with Snow trailing 6-5. Sorensen and Cleverly limited the Lady Eagles to nine singles, but both hurlers had a hard time finding the strike zone as they combined to issue 10 walks.

Avery Blackhurst and Madi Blauer each had a pair of singles for Eastern.

In Friday’s second game, it was sophomore outfielder Sarah Sandberg with the heroics as she lined a triple to right center to score Brown from first base with the walk-off run after the teams entered the seventh tied at four.

It was Sandberg’s second hit of the game to go along with her two-run double in the third when the Lady Badgers scored four times. Brown and Kylie Jeffs each had a pair of hits in the game. Brown picked up an RBI, and Smith smacked a double.

Cleverly started the second game in the circle for Snow but gave way to freshman Sadie Clark in the top of the fifth after Eastern was able to tie the game at four on a pair of unearned runs. Clark shut down the Lady Eagles the rest of the way on a pair of singles with a strikeout and no walks over the last three innings to earn the win.

In Saturday’s opener, Sorensen pitched the Lady Badgers to an 11-3 complete-game win as she scattered seven Eagle singles while striking out two and walking just one. Only one of Eastern’s runs was earned.

Five Lady Badgers again each had a pair of hits, led by Sandberg, who drove in three on a fourth-inning homer, and Brown, who also drove in three on a pair of doubles. Jeffs, Reynolds and Torri Bills each stroked a pair of hits, with Reynolds doubling in the third and Bills tripling in the first leading to Snow’s first run.

The Lady Eagles’ first two hitters in Saturday’s series finale scored: Cassidy Howe leading off the game with a home run and McKenzie Dorney singling and eventually coming around to score.

But then Lady Badger starting hurler Cleverly slammed the door and shut out the visitors the rest of the way as Snow stormed back for an 8-2 win.

After giving up three hits in the first inning, Cleverly shut out Eastern on only two more, picking up five strikeouts along the way, before giving way to Clark to get the final two outs in the top of the seventh.

Wilson had a pair of hits for Snow to drive in four runs, including her second homer of the series in the bottom of the first, which gave the Lady Badgers a 3-2 lead which they never relinquished.

Brown had her fourth two-hit game of the series, and Bills again banged out a pair of hits, both hitters stroking doubles. Adams, Jeffs and Reynolds also had doubles for Snow.

The wins moved Snow into third place in the Scenic West Athletic Conference with a record of 10-9, behind first-place Salt Lake Community College (18-2) and College of Southern Idaho (17-3).

The Lady Eagles dropped to 6-14 in conference play for the fifth spot behind College of Southern Nevada, which is 8-12. Winless Colorado Northwestern College trails the field.

This week, Snow stays at home to entertain College of Southern Nevada in doubleheaders tomorrow and Saturday, with tomorrow’s first pitch scheduled for 1 p.m. at Badger Field in Ephraim.

 

 

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Lady Badgers get three

victories in Northwest

Colorado softball series

 

By Doug Johnson

Guest writer

Mar. 29, 2018

 

RANGELY, Colo.—The Lady Badgers from Snow College got back on the winning track by sweeping a three-game softball series against Colorado Northwestern College (CNCC) in Rangely, Colo.

 Snow dominated the Spartans, winning by scores of 4-0, 13-3 and 18-4.

The fourth game of the series scheduled for late on Friday, March 23, was rained out.

The series opener on Friday, March 23, was a pitching gem from Lady Badger sophomore Sydni Sorensen, who shut out CNCC on two hits while walking just two and striking out eight.

The Lady Badgers staked Sorensen to a three-run lead in the top of the first inning with centerfielder Sarah Sandberg’s two-run double doing the damage. Syd Wilson and Haylie Smith also doubled for the Lady Badgers in the game.

Only one time did the Spartans have more than one runner reach base in an inning against Sorensen, and only one Spartan runner reached third base safely in the game.

In Saturday’s opener on March 24, the Lady Badgers exploded for five runs in the second inning and four runs in the sixth as they overwhelmed the Spartans 13-3.

Snow pounded out 12 hits and took advantage of nine walks issued to them from the Spartans’ pitchers.

Lefty Riley Cleverly took the complete game win for Snow, giving up three runs on five hits and striking out six.

Wilson was three for four with a double for Snow with Smith, Dakota Hare and Torri Bills each getting two hits. Hare drove in four runs, while Wilson and Bills each drove in two. Brooke Brown also drove in two runs on a solo homer and a sacrifice fly.

Brown led the way in Saturday’s second game going five for six at the plate with a pair of doubles and three RBI as the Lady Badgers stormed to an 18-4 win.

Bills added four hits of her own and scored four times. Sarah Sandberg had a pair of hits, including a third-inning grand slam, and fellow outfielder Jaden Smith also drove in four runs on a pair of hits, including a three-run homer.

Freshman Sadie Clark was the winning pitcher for Snow, giving up four runs with four strikeouts before giving way to Sorensen for relief work in the fifth inning.

Sorensen shut out the Spartans the rest of the way while striking out three.

The Lady Badgers are now 6-9 in the Scenic West Athletic Conference and will host 6-10 Utah State University–Eastern in a four-game series this weekend beginning at 1 p.m. tomorrow.