Coming off a win over their archrivals the night before, it would have been easy for Bountiful to overlook the young Judge Memorial Bulldogs Wednesday afternoon. Braves senior captain Sydney Austin would have none of it as she led Bountiful to a 15-1 victory.
“We carried over the momentum from the Woods Cross win today,” Austin said. “The feeling from winning helped us stay focused against (Judge).”
Bountiful head coach Butch Latey agreed. “We were good the first inning. Despite being young, our girls are experienced, and we know every game is different.”
The Braves were patient at the plate, drawing 14 walks. AnnMarie Allred keyed the offense with two hits and two RBIs. She was the only Brave with multiple hits, though every starter scored at least a run.
Bountiful starting pitcher Brook Dickerson went the distance for the win in the inning-shortened game. She struck out three, walked none and scattered four hits. “It was a good game. It would have been easy to lose concentration, but I worked on my focus all game,” Dickerson said.
“Brook threw well. She was able to consistently hit her spots,” Latey said of his sophomore pitcher. She induced six Judge batters to hit comebacks to the mound. Dickerson handled each cleanly and helped her own cause.
The game was still in question in the bottom of the third when Judge Memorial put the first two hitters on base. That’s when Dickerson bore down, striking out and inducing a weak comeback from the next two hitters. Still, with two outs, Bulldog freshman Shawnee Adams came to the plate, already having doubled earlier in the game.
Adams smacked a sinking liner to right field. Bountiful’s Landi Hawker read the ball perfectly and came running in to make the catch and end any Bulldog hopes for a comeback.
“We are growing. We are extremely young — mostly freshmen and sophomores,” Judge Memorial head coach Paul Lovatno said following the loss. “But we played well today. We hit better today.”
The Bulldog offense was led by Adams and Priscilla Fehoko. Both finished with a double. Fehoko also pitched the final 3 2/3 innings for Judge. “Priscilla has been developing. She is really starting to come through for us. She is becoming more consistent,” Lovatno said of his sophomore pitcher.
With the win, Bountiful (4-3) improved to 2-0 in Region 6. It will play East Thursday. Judge Memorial fell to 0-3 and faces Clearfield next.
David Pearce is general counsel with Beneficial Life Insurance Co.