SOUTH JORDAN — The snow hasn't completely melted away on the valley floor while fans were seen with more overcoats than hot dogs, but it's time to play ball. The prep girls softball season got underway for Bingham and Murray High Schools amidst frigid conditions with the Miners coming away with a 7-1 victory.
Despite the elements, Bingham coach Mikki Jackson and her players couldn't be more excited to be out there.
"We're sort of used to bad weather early in the season and it's a season we've all been excited for, so this is great to finally get going," she said. "We got off to a good start against a great team like Murray and it's just so fun being out here and I think this team has great things ahead of it."
With other games being cancelled around the state, the Bingham players wanted to make certain theirs didn't. The girls carefully monitored the weather reports and determined that if they worked to shovel all the snow last Thursday and Saturday, then it would be warm enough come Tuesday afternoon to play.
"We all got together and worked hard getting all the snow off the field and it paid off and we were able to play," Jackson said.
Bingham got off to a fast start and used a great pitching performance from Paige Reimann to hold the visiting Spartans at bay.
The Miners scored five runs in the bottom of the first inning highlighted with a 2-run RBI single from Mattison Voorhees.
"That was obviously a great way to start and gave us a chance to breath a little — knowing that we could compete and do good things," Jackson said. "I also think it may have lulled us into becoming a bit to comfortable, but we picked it up in the later innings and scored some good runs there."
Murray's Courtney Beavers provided an RBI single in the third inning to cut the lead to 5-1, but it was the fourth inning when the Spartans truly threatened to make a game of it. With no outs and the bases loaded, Reimann stepped up big, forcing a groundout and recording two strikeouts to end the threat.
"I liked her composure and when she has that she's so tough," Jackson said. "Paige has been working on those situations and we try and teach them to not get stressed, but to get excited in those situations -- excited about the opportunity to really step up when we really need it and you saw that today from her."
The Miners added some insurance runs late to secure their first win in what looks to be promising season.
"We're young, but we have three really good senior leaders in Paige, Shea (Ibrahim), who plays shortstop for us, and Alexa Corsey," Jackson said.