Jessica Tanner, Assistant Editor
The Bear River girls’ softball team took on Spanish Fork today for a chance to advance to the 3A state championship round. After a hard fought game the Bears fell to the Dons 4-3, ending their unprecedented quest for a sixth straight state championship.
The Bears lead 1-0 in the first inning on a score by Brenna Hink, who stole home. The Dons answered back with a run in the top of the second.
The Bears scored again in the bottom of the fourth when Oaklie Rhodes stole home, just sneaking by the catcher on a slide, 2-1.
The Bears plated another run in the bottom of the fifth on a Dons error, allowing Sierra Detwiler to knock a triple as Bailee Trapp scored, 3-1.
In the sixth inning the Dons score two to tie the game 3-3. Jordan Theurer, who was fighting an injury, was relieved by Kenzi Summers at pitcher in the sixth. With bases loaded Summers walked a batter allowing the Dons to score another run, 4-3, before Theurer made a double play at first to end the inning.
They held the Dons scoreless in the seventh with hopes to make their comeback. It looked as if they were not going to get a chance to score when the Dons got two quick outs on a fly balls by Erin Fox and Theurer. Trapp was walked and Detwiler hit a single but a big error allowed speed up runner Ashlee Kent to get to third. It was a close play but she was safe.
On the next play the Dons made another error at first but were able to recover. Although Bear fans thought the runner was safe at first the umpire called her out to end the game and the Bears’ dreams of playing in the championship game as they lost 4-3.