Bears take advantage of slumping Warriors with 9-4 win

May 3 2013 - 11:42pm

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PLEASANT VIEW -- It was not the pitching matchup one would expect between the defending state 5-A and 3-A softball teams.

The 5-A champion Warriors didn't start senior right-hander McKenna Bull -- she replaced senior right-hander Lexus Goodpasture with one out in the fifth inning -- and five-time defending 3-A champion Bear River went with freshman right-hander Kenzi Summers.

Bears senior right-hander Jordan Theurer, who has signed with Southern Utah University, is rehabilitating and receiving treatment on her injured right forearm in preparation for the May 11 state 3-A playoffs.

Summers, who is the third daughter in her family to play for Bear River, allowed nine hits Friday in Da Bears' 9-4 non-league victory over slumping Weber High at Earl Heninger Field.

"We wanted to rest Jordan and give Kenzi another start," said Bear River coach Calvin Bingham. "I've always thought you have to have two good pitchers to win state."

Summers struck out two and walked one.

"Kenzi has really come on strong the last three weeks and has been getting time in the JV games," Bingham said. "She also has been hitting well enough to play varsity as the designated player.

"I was really pleased with Kenzi today," he said. "She changed speeds enough to keep them off-balance a little bit."

The Region 11 co-champion Bears (18-6 overall) had 12 hits, including three for extra bases, but also committed four errors.

"I thought we hit the ball well," Bingham said.

"Twelve hits in seven innings is pretty good. There were times we battled with two outs."

Freshman leadoff batter Brenna Hinck went 2-for-4 with a triple, a walk and scored two runs.

Freshman Kylie Larkin was 3-for-4 with two RBIs, two runs and a stolen base; Bailee Trapp went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and an RBI single; Erin Fox walked twice with two runs; Sierra Detwiler drilled a two-run double; and freshman McKayla King was 2-for-3 with a walk, two runs and a stolen base for Bear River, which is 3-3 in its last six games.

"We still need to work on our errors; four is too many," Bingham said. "We're far enough along in the season that we shouldn't be making that many.

"One problem is not being able to be outside -- because of the cold weather -- and have quality practices. We need to shore up the defense. We'll work on that next week."

Kennede Clarke went 2-for-4 with a double -- she also reached base on an error -- and scored twice. Hali Bennion was 2-for-4 -- she also reached base on a fielder's choice -- with a run-scoring double; Haylee Chugg went 2-for-4 with a run; and Paige Phalen had an RBI groundout for the Warriors (9-11), who are mired in a six-game skid.

Weber has played without senior second baseman Erin Reichle, who tore her medial collateral ligament -- which did not require surgery -- playing off-season basketball.

Bull, who has signed with BYU, gave up two runs on five hits over 2 2/3 innings with four strikeouts and no walks.

"We started five freshmen today and they had seven of our 12 hits," Bingham said.

"I knew the freshmen were talented, and there always is an adjustment coming up from competitive summer ball to the next level. They are not intimidated at all.

"If we had the number of errors down, then I would really feel better. That still concerns me," he said. "I thought the girls played a good game, despite the errors. They stuck with it and battled.

"The encouraging thing is we did it today without Jordan," Bingham said. "Teams aren't going to score a lot against her."

* BINGHAM 3, BOX ELDER 1: At South Jordan, the Miners ended the Bees' undefeated season.

Sadie Blacker, Venessa Quintero and Kelsey Rodriguez each drilled a double for the Bees (19-1), who were one of the state's two unbeaten teams along with Snow Canyon (20-0).

Region 11

* OGDEN 3, MORGAN 0: At Ogden High, the Tigers sent outgoing coach Christy Noseworthy away with a win in their season finale.

"And it's my birthday tomorrow, so what a nice present," Noseworthy said. "I expected us to do a little better this year, but to see the program grow to this point has been encouraging."

Ogden (10-10) finished fifth in the league race at 4-8, and has not qualified for the state playoffs since 2003.

Senior right-hander Chezarae Garcia, one of three senior Tigers' starters, tossed a one-hitter with 12 strikeouts.

"She's probably the best pitcher Ogden has ever had," Noseworthy said.

The Tigers scored their runs in the fifth inning, taking advantage of triples by Katelyn Shaw and Taylor Garner.

The Trojans (4-18, 2-10) also failed to qualify for the 3-A playoffs.

* TOOELE 16, BEN LOMOND 0 (three innings): At Tooele's Deseret Peak Complex, the Scots (1-16, 0-12) went winless in league play for the fourth consecutive year.

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