Despite being down 10-0 Friday going into the bottom of the sixth inning (in a seven-inning game), the North Sanpete softball team rallied, hitting five home runs—including two from Lexie Green—and came back to beat Lehi 12-10.
“This game was a rollercoaster, with giant ups and downs,” Lady Hawks Coach Landon Bailey said. “I was very proud of the team for not giving up and finding a way to win.”
Bailey was highly complimentary of Green, who also hit a double.
“Lexie Green is a great player and we are very glad that she is here,” Bailey said. “She is becoming a team leader and she is only going to get better as the year goes on.”
Graciee Christiansen was the winning pitcher against the Pioneers after being the losing pitcher against the Thunder.
“Graciee bounced back and pitched very well the last couple of innings,” Bailey said. “She is obviously a huge part of our team, both offensively and defensively, and if she plays well it makes a big difference.”
Even going into the seventh inning, the Lady Hawks, who are 2-2, were still down 10-4.
A “bunch” of younger girls stepped up against Lehi and did positive things, Bailey said.
“This game just shows that when we play like we are capable of, we can compete with anyone,” Bailey said. “We still have a ways to go, but we are improving with every game and practice.”
Besides Green, the home run hitters were Kayzlie Reed, Graciee Christiansen and Indigo North. Each had two or more runs batted in.
The Lady Hawks lost to Westlake 19-3 on Wednesday, March 17, when the Thunder scored eight runs apiece in the first and fourth innings and needed just 13 hits to get those 19 runs.
“We didn’t play well at all. Westlake was ready to go and we were not. We struggled in all aspects of the game,” Bailey said. “Our pitching struggled to get outs; our defense didn’t help the pitchers at all; and our offense couldn’t figure their pitcher out. It was a rough game from beginning to end.”
Bailey hopes North Sanpete can learn from the Westlake game and not let the same ailments he outlined happen again.
Heather Howarth drove in two runs in the defeat.