MANTI—To paraphrase a certain superhero catchphrase: Don’t make the Lady Templars angry, you wouldn’t like them when they’re angry.
Manti softball turned their fortunes around last week with two wins in non-region play. After holding off Cedar City in a 4-0 win, they went down to southern Utah and blew the gates off a highly ranked Canyon View squad, 20-7, last Thursday. After a rough start, Manti’s record now stands at 2-7. They fell out of the Deseret News 3A rankings last week.
The Lady Templars piled up 18 hits against the Falcons, who actually held the lead, 3-2, at the top of the second inning. Manti made quick work of them after that, scoring 11 runs in the next two innings, then capping off the sixth inning with six runs to enforce the mercy and cancel the seventh.
Surprisingly, considering the point total, Manti did not have any batter hit better than a double, but the Lady Templars combined for seven total doubles as the baserunners did the work on the scoreboard. Junior Haylee Daniels led with five total RBI, while junior Hadden Taylor had four RBI.
Against Cedar City, Manti totaled three doubles, but it was senior Tiffany Hermansen who truly won the day for the Lady Templars. The senior pitcher struck out over half her opponents, totaling 13 strikeouts to only four hits.
The Lady Templars have a non-region game on the road against Carbon this Tuesday before they begin region play, facing Delta on the road on Wednesday. They’ll have another non-region matchup with South Summit on Friday.