MANTI—It was really close for a minute, but the Lady Templars are still undefeated.
The Manti softball team retained a perfect record, 7-0, with a pair of wins last week as they prevailed in the last inning over Carbon, 9-8, in a battle of two top-five teams in 3A. They followed it up with another win over a 4A team by beating Cedar, 11-1. Deseret News moved the Lady Templars up to the top spot in the 3A rankings last week as well.
The Lady Templars 7-0 start is their best start since 2014 when they claimed a 2A state title.
Junior Tiffany Hermansen was sensational at bat for Manti, accounting for three RBIs in both games, most importantly against Carbon. Hermansen was also the majority pitcher against the Dinos, pitching three strikeouts with an ERA of 3.5.
The Dinos had an early lead on Manti, 2-1, and they held strong over the Templars until the bottom of the third inning. That was when Manti’s bats woke up, and they pulled ahead with four runs for a 5-2 lead.
After a mostly quiet game from there on, Carbon got to the seventh and final inning and caught fire. The Dinos quickly racked up six runs and regained the lead with an 8-5 advantage. The Lady Templars had their backs against the wall in the bottom of the seventh, needing at least three more runs to stay alive.
So they went and got four.
Both Hermansen and senior Katie Larsen hit home runs in the game. Outside of Hermansen, junior Ashley Rasmussen hit two doubles, while junior Maquette Hansen had another. The Templars out-hit Carbon, 10-7.
Riding high after a high-quality 3A win, Manti rode their momentum right over the unprepared Cedar City Reds. Larsen and Hermansen shared yet another pair of home runs as Hermansen notched another three RBIs, and Manti out-hit the Reds, 16-5.
The now No. 1 3A team in the state next plays Juab this Tuesday and will follow it up with a home game against Union on Thursday. They’ll then face a non-region foe in 5A Payson on the road next Monday, followed by a road doubleheader against Emery.