That was obviously a big win for us. Riverton is our rival, but we were tied for first place in our region, so it was big in that way and fortunately we were able to overcome some early mistakes to come away with the win. —Mikki Jackson, Bingham softball head coach
SOUTH JORDAN — The Bingham softball team won a key Region 4 matchup against rival Riverton, 2-1, on Tuesday, clearing itself to stand all alone in first place. The Miners used a dominant pitching performance from Paige Reimann and a two-run fifth inning to come out on top.
“That was obviously a big win for us,” said Bingham coach Mikki Jackson. “Riverton is our rival, but we were tied for first place in our region, so it was big in that way and fortunately we were able to overcome some early mistakes to come away with the win.”
One of the more notable early mistakes was made in the second inning when a pitch served up in the middle of the plate was belted over the fence by Riverton’s Alysa Linford for a solo home run. That one pitch proved to be one of the few mistakes Reimann would make, however.
The senior pitcher went on to yield just two hits over the final five innings — not allowing a single Riverton runner past second base.
“Paige was great again for us today and that’s just about what we’ve come to expect from her,” Jackson said. “She’s been consistent for us and she’s playing like you’d hope one of your senior leaders would be playing.”
Riverton’s Courtney Platt was able to match Reimann’s effectiveness from the pitching circle until the fifth inning. Three straight extra-base hits from Taylor Clemens, Emily Lewis and Tori Glasker accounted for two runs to give the Miners a 2-1 lead entering the final two innings.
“We got some good hits that inning and it was the bottom of our order that came through, which isn’t unusual for us,” Jackson said. “We’re strong throughout our lineup and we’ve been that way all year. That’s one of our biggest strengths. We would have liked some more runs that inning, but getting the two we did was just enough.”
Reimann closed out the final two innings to cap off the victory as a very vocal bench cheered her on — much like it did for every Bingham player throughout the game.
“Our bench plays a huge part in every game we play and they really work like a sixth man would work for a basketball team with the energy and encouragement they give,” Jackson said. “I just can’t believe they never lose their voices, to be honest. They’re creative with their cheers — they coordinate them — and they really are a huge part of our success and what we do even if they don’t play much.”
With the win Bingham improves to 12-3 on the year and 5-1 in region play. It will next take on Lehi on Thursday. The Pioneers moved into second place by virtue of Riverton’s loss. The Silverwolves drop to 14-3 and 4-2 after the loss and will look to rebound against Olympus on Wednesday.