If the Bountiful Braves were nervous about playing their arch-rivals Thursday, it didn’t show. “I thought we came out better focused than when we usually play them,” Bountiful coach Butch Latey said following Bountiful’s 12-0 rout of Woods Cross.
The Braves finished with 14 hits by eight different players. Anne Marie Allred and Bailey Hart led the team with three hits each.
“It was a total team effort and a testament to what we have been working on in practice,” Latey said.
Off to a 9-1 start, the Braves' expectations are high for the season. But senior co-captain Caramae Fackrell kept the game in focus. “Our goal is to play the games one at a time, improve each game and make it to the big games at the end of the season.”
For Woods Cross, the team is on a steep learning curve. “We are inexperienced and are developing our program,” first year head coach Chad Lythgoe said. “I’ve been impressed the most by our defense, we just need to get our offense going.”
Woods Cross senior Bre Price was the offense for the Wildcats on Thursday, smacking two hits. “We have a lot of young girls on the team, but we are working really hard to get better,” the center fielder said.
Much of Woods Cross’ struggles were due to Braves pitcher Belle Stoddard. She didn’t allow a Wildcat to reach third base. Stoddard struck out six while only walking one.
Bountiful started fast, scoring five runs in the first. Leading 1-0, Fackrell singled in two Braves runners. Landi Hawker and Allred followed with RBI singles of their own.
The Braves extended the lead in the second, scoring two more runs. Payton Hart and Stoddard both drove in runs during the inning.
Fackrell concluded the scoring for the Braves in the sixth, driving in two more runs to give the Braves the 12-0 victory.
Hart had the only extra base-hit for the Braves with a triple to the left field wall in the third.
Following the team effort, senior co-captain Kristi DuBois said, “I love playing with these girls. We have a very good vibe.”
With the win, the Braves stayed tied with East atop Region 6.
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