Lady Bulldogs face 4A, 5A opponents in invitational, rack up two wins over foes
ST. GEORGE—The Lady Bulldogs got some quality time in with Utah’s big dogs, and managed to take the fight straight to some of them.
Competing as the lone 2A school amidst 4A and 5A powers, Gunnison’s softball team came away with a 2-2 record in St. George at the Warrior Invitational at Snow Canyon High School. Gunnison notched wins against 5A’s Northridge and Viewmont by scores of 10-3 and 8-3, respectively, but fell against 4A Bountiful, 15-2, and was outmatched against 5A power Clearfield, 13-3.
The Lady Bulldogs took an early lead on Northridge courtesy of a solid pitching day by sophomore Emily Brackett. The Lady Knights got back within one at the top of the fourth inning with two runs, but Gunnison answered back with two more runs. Later at the bottom of the sixth inning, the Lady Bulldogs ran away with the victory by scoring four more runs. Sophomore Kezzley Winn led with three runs, while Brackett notched a home run.
Against Viewmont, Brackett ruled again with a solid day on offense, scoring three runs and two RBI. The Lady Bulldogs ran away early and scored enough to end the game at five innings. Brackett also stole two bases.
Bountiful and Clearfield simply proved too much to handle for Gunnison in the latter half of the Invitational, as both teams mercilessly shellacked the Lady Bulldogs into submission. Nevertheless, Brackett still managed to score on both teams with one run in each game. Gunnison hung with Clearfield for five innings, down 6-2 at the top of the sixth, before the Lady Falcons peeled off eight runs in their final offensive outing to put the Lady Bulldogs away.
Gunnison played Tuesday on the road against Provo (score next week). They continue their season on the road against North Sanpete next Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.