Thursday proved to be a great day for Bear River teams on the diamond and the golf course, as both the baseball and softball teams took care of business and advanced in their respective playoffs and the golf team shone at state.
The girls golf team of Myranda Goring, Keshley Rhodes, Nikki Prom and Sammy Pugsley followed up on their first ever state tournament appearance by taking 6th place. Rhodes carded a 65 and Pugsley came in at 64 in the modified stableford scoring system.
The baseball team faced the daunting task of needing two wins Thursday to advance to Friday play, after having dropped their playoff opener to Emery 3-0 before beating Carbon 9-7 last week. Thursday’s task proved to be no problem for the Bears, however.
In their early game Thursday against Wasatch, the Bears jumped out to an early 4-0 lead before allowing the Wasps to make things interesting. Wasatch narrowed the gap to 4-3 before Bear River added a run in the top of the 5th. Wasatch scored again to make it 5-4 in the bottom of the six, but the Bears held on for the win.
The win against Wasatch gave the Bears a second game Thursday, as they next took on Park City. This time, the Bears found themselves trailing a number of times throughout the game, including a 7-2 defecit after sporting Park City six runs in the top of the 2nd. But the team bounced back, tying things up at 7-7 in the bottom of the 4th with a five-run inning of their own. Bear River then took a 9-7 lead by scoring two in the bottom of the 5th, but gave it right back to Park City, giving up three runs in the top of the 6th and another in the top of the 7th. With Park City on top 11-9 just three outs left, things looked bleak for the Bears, but the team managed to score three in the bottom of the 7th to pull out a dramatic 12-11 win.
Across the Salt Lake Valley, the Bear River softball team didn’t have near the dramatics the baseball team faced. They just did what they’ve done all season – score, score more, and for good measure, score even more. Falling behind 2-0 early on against Cedar, the bats came alive in the bottom of the 3rd, as Bear River completely destroyed any hopes Cedar had of upsetting the 3A defending state champs. 12 runs later, and Bear River found themselves with a 12-2 lead. The would tack on two more in the bottom of the 4th, and with Cedar only managing to score one in the top of the 5th, the game was called with Bear River coming out on top 14-3.
The baseball team continues their improbable march towards a championship game Friday, as they get a chance for revenge against the same Emery squad that gave them their opening game loss in the playoffs. First pitch for that game is at 11 a.m. at Kearns High. At the Valley Complex, the softball team continues its quest for another state championship, as they take on North Sanpete at 12 p.m. Keep checking www.tremontonleader.com for updates and photos from tomorrow’s action throughout the day.