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Cowgirl offense erupts for 21 runs in losing effort
The Lady Cowboys traveled to Parowan to avenge an earlier region loss and lay claim to the fourth spot in region play. The girls started the trip a little nervous, knowing the Rams took the number one seed and undefeated Enterprise Wolves to extra innings, before finally losing 2-1. However, the Cowgirls were past any nervous feelings when the game started.
Whitney Johnson started the game with her third home run of the season. Hannah Reidhead then doubled and the race was on. At the end of the first inning, the Cowgirls were up 5-0.
Marina Tueller doubled off the wall to start the second inning, followed by consecutive singles by Kate Hoffmeister and Misty Reidhead to go ahead 6-1.
Kanab started the third inning in the same fashion. Emilee Jacobs doubled off the top of the wall, followed by another double by pitcher Taylor Clark. A few base hits later, the Cowgirls ended the third inning ahead 9-2.
The fourth inning showed how young this Cowgirl team is. After another double by Tueller, the girls added three more runs to go up 12-2. They just needed to hold the Rams and they would win by the 10-run “mercy rule.” Unfortunately, due to several errors and a few Ram hits, the fourth inning ended 12-7.
Coach Tony Reidhead addressed the need to finish and stay focused with his young team and boy did they respond in the fifth. Clark hit another double off the fence to start things off. Jessie Johnson followed up with a single, and freshman Hannah Reidhead hit her fourth home run of the season. The Cowgirls didn’t back down as Tueller hit a “rocket” off the fence to double, followed by a double from Hoffmeister. The inning ended with senior Lauren Carter busting a triple. The Cowgirls ended their half of the inning up 19-7.
If they could just hold the Rams again, then the mercy rule would come into effect. A few errors later, Parowan had scored seven more runs. After what seemed like an eternity, the end of the fifth inning rolled around with the Cowgirls holding a precarious 19-18 lead.
Kanab added another run with doubles from Jacobs and Clark. At the end of the seventh inning, the score was tied at 20-20.
The international tiebreaker rules apply to extra innings in high school softball. Each team starts with a runner on second base. The Cowgirls started with Hoffmeister on second. She scored on a single by Jessie Johnson. That made the score 21-20, but that’s all Kanab could muster. Parowan added one run to tie the game at 21. With two outs, down two strikes, the Parowan hitter hit one over first base to bring in the winning run.
Although a losing effort, Coach Reidhead was proud of his young team. “On the road against a team that had already beat us, the girls hit two home runs, one triple, nine doubles, and a total of 20 hits against a decent team. This is an exciting group of girls to coach. This was a great offensive outing before state,” said Coach Reidhead.