Leader Sports Writer
After taking the Region 11 title for three years in a row, the Bear River girls’ softball team fell into a second place finish behind Stansbury.
This week the Bears will enter the 3A state playoffs as the number two seed in Region 11, facing off against Pine View at Juan Diego Saturday at noon. The 3A state tournament will continue May 16-18, in St. George at Little Valley Fields.
This week the Bears turned out two wins and two losses, including a 9-4 win over 5A’s defending state champs, Weber. The Bears outhit Weber 12 to 9, with Bailee Trapp hitting a homerun in the third inning.
Trapp went 2-for-4 as did Brenna Hinck with two RBIs and a triple. Kylie Larkin went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and Sierra Detwiler had a two-run double. Erin Fox brought in two runs and McKayla King went 2-for-3 and scored two runs.
“They got in there and stuck their nose in and battled,” said coach Calvin Bingham. “I thought we did a good job running bases.”
The Bears finished out region play against Ben Lomond. Pitcher Kenzie Summers earned a no-hitter for the Bears as they had 18 hits in four innings for an 18-0 win. Hinck and Trapp each had home runs and doubles. Hinck went 4-for-4 and had two RBIs, while Trapp went 3-for-4 and had five RBIs, including her three-run home run. Fox had a double and went 2-for-4. Carleen Hunsaker went 2-for-3 with three RBIs and Jordan Theurer had a double.
Last week Bountiful handed the Bears a 5-1 loss. The Bears had the early lead, scoring a run in the third inning by freshman speed-up runner Ashlee Kent, but Bountiful came back with a vengeance in the fifth with three home runs.
Saturday the Bears hosted their last home game against 4A’s second place finisher last year, Salem Hills. They scored two runs early in the game and stepped up their defense, striking out 14 Bears.
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