High school softball: Hunter bats heat up in convincing Region 2 win over West
SALT LAKE CITY — Hunter's bats came to smash Wednesday afternoon as the Wolverines pounded out 15 hits in a 12-2 Region 2 victory against West High.
Both teams were opening up region play, and Hunter (8-3, 1-0) started with a bang, scoring three runs in its first at-bats.
The scoring didn’t stop at that point, as the Wolverines jumped out to a 6-0 lead by the end of the second, with three more runs scored in the frame — one off a Panther error and two RBI singles by Bailey Vigil and Tess Matagi.
The Wolverines bats have been hot all year long, as they have scored at least 10 runs in every game except three.
“I think that our offense was on track today. The girls made good, solid contact with a lot of line-drive base hits, which is what you look for,” said Hunter head coach Wes Haymond.
Every starter had at least one hit or one RBI for the Wolverines.
One of those players who had a special day was Hunter's catcher, Vigil, who went 3-for-4 with three RBIs.
Vigil came through with a big hit in a four-run third inning for the Wolverines, as she doubled home a pair of runs.
“If it’s there I’m going to hit it and that is just how I am. I don’t care where it is, I’ll hit it,” she said.
Vigil was in the middle of a contagious third inning as the batter in front of her, Corinne Cleverly, came through with a RBI single. The batter following Vigil was Matagi, who continued her offensive output with an RBI triple to put Hunter up 10-1 through 2 1/2 innings.
“We just started off strong, which is what we needed to do, and we held it that first inning — kept it together and composed the whole time,” said Vigil. “It’s definitely great to win that first region game and it boosts our confidence for Taylorsville (Thursday).”
Hunter starting pitcher Jorden Beutler threw the whole game, giving up only two earned runs and two walks, as she prevented West (4-5, 0-1) from mounting any serious attempts at a comeback.
“She is our workhorse this year. She has a great softball fast-pitch attitude, and she works extra hard at the game and she knows if she can get to the point where she can throw strikes consistently that we have the defense to back it up,” said Haymond about Beutler’s complete-game effort.