Salem Hills and Bingham softball teams travel to national tournament

By Troy Bohling

For the Deseret News

Published: Monday, March 24 2014 10:15 p.m. MDT

Bingham 3, Torrance (Calif.) 1 Senior Taylor Clemens pitched a great game even though Torrence threatened to score several times. Bingham was able to pull off double plays in the first and third innings to keep Torrance at bay. In the third with bases loaded, the threat ended with a hard shot to third baseman Chelsea Latu who tagged her base and threw home to Matti Voorhees for the tag. Coach Mikki Jackson said, "We wanted to come out and compete against top teams with competitive pitching." And that they did. With great defensive plays like those from Latu and Kylie Jones in center field, who lept into the air at the fence and robbed a home run, Jackson was elated. Jones also had a home run robbed by the Torrance center fielder.

Bingham def. Downey (Calif.) Clemens pitched the second game of the night as well. The key to this game was Bingham scoring in all but one inning. Torre Glasker went 3-for-3 with an RBI. Chelsea Latu contributed two RBIs. Several Bingham errors helped keep Downey in the game, but with the win, Bingham moved into the Gold bracket. Coach Jackson said, "We had excellent execution with our bats." Both teams had four hits in the game. Latu and Glasker had the hot bats thus far in the tournament.

Millikan (Calif.) 8, Bingham 5: Errors finally caught up to the Miners on Saturday as they dropped three games in a row, though all were hard-fought. Against Millikan, it was too little, too late as the Miners gave up six runs in the first three innings. Torre Glasker, Emily Lewis, Lexi English, and Matti Voorhees all went 2-for-3 in the game, and Glasker added an RBI, while Lewis and Voorhees added two RBIs each. Behind their hitting, Bingham came back and scored five runs. However, they gave up two more runs in the loss.

Centennial (Las Vegas) 7, Bingham 5: Both teams started with a bang, scoring three runs each in the first inning. Centennial add two runs in the third and two more in the fourth innings, while Bingham answered with two in the fifth. Emily Lewis and Lexi English each went 2-for-3, with English knocking in four RBIs for the game to pace the Miners. The Miners couldn't muster any more runs and had eight errors in the loss.

Lakewood (Calif.) 8, Bingham 1: In its final game of the tournament, Bingham was still solid with the bats, but the error bug bit again as Lakewood capitalized in the first, second and third innings, and the Miners couldn't match the output. Bingham's Jones went 2-for-3 with a triple and Latu sacrificed in the lone Miner run for an RBI. Emily Lewis and Lexi English both went 1-for-2 with Jerant adding 1-for-3 hitting to round out the offense. In all, Lakewood stole five bases to put players in scoring position.

Bingham next plays at Taylorsville on Wednesday, March 26.

Troy Bohling can be contacted at troy.bohling@nebo.edu.