They (the Eagles) went out and just had fun. We have nothing to lose. Every team, except one, will end their season with a loss. We want to keep playing. —Maple Mountain coach Cassie Reese
SALT LAKE CITY — On Tuesday, the Maple Mountain softball team decided it was going to go as far as right-hander Carley Guymon would take them in the 4A state tournament.
On Thursday, Guymon reciprocated.
Guymon didn’t quite have the magic stuff she had last time, but Sydnie Wilson’s three-run double in the second inning gave her a nice cushion, and the Golden Eagles advanced with a 5-3 victory over East in a 4A quarterfinal game.
“My team had my back,” Guymon said. “We had a lot of hits.”
Ten hits, to be exact. Wilson, Shaniya Jacobson and Shandi Jacobson had two each. The Eagles could have had more, but the East defense made several nice catches at key times.
“They (the Eagles) went out and just had fun,” said coach Cassie Reese. “We have nothing to lose. Every team, except one, will end their season with a loss. We want to keep playing.”
Maple Mountain moves on to play Spanish Fork in a semifinal matchup next Tuesday at the Valley Softball Complex. The Eagles have won four straight games and have claimed two road wins against higher-seeded teams so far at state.
East, a second seed that bounced Timpanogos Tuesday, fell into the consolation bracket. The Leopards came in with an explosive offense that had scored 10 runs or more in half its games this season. This time, however, the Leopards' top hitters were mostly silent.
Reese said she was aware of East’s hitting and wanted to get some momentum quickly. The Eagles frequently jumped on East hurler Michelle Thomas’ first pitch. When Wilson’s hit drove in McKenzie Mecham, Breanna Gammon and Shandi Jacobson for a 3-0 lead, they had accomplished their goal.
Guymon added confidence — not that she needed much after throwing a no-hitter Tuesday against Box Elder. She had to deal with an open sore on her pitching hand (treated with Super Glue) and was on her game again. She was rarely in trouble until the seventh inning, except for giving up a two-run homer to Thomas that went almost as high as it did to clear the fence.
Thomas’ dinger, however, was one of the few times East got a bat on the ball. Guymon had 12 strikeouts and didn’t walk a batter. In the seventh inning, however, she gave up singles to Cerina Aragon, Aliyah Franco and Laina Suesue before retiring the final batter.
Bruce Smith grew up in Boise and is a longtime newspaper sports writer. He writes primarily high-school sports articles for the Deseret News.