High school softball: Salem Hills beats Bonneville twice to earn 2nd-straight 4A title
Much as they did in Thursday's 10-1 win, the Skyhawks came up with a big inning in the finale to put the Lakers, who had won 16 of their previous 17 games before Thursday, back on their heels.
Salem Hills scored five runs in the second inning, taking advantage of a couple of costly Bonneville errors and getting an RBI single from Ashley Whiting and a two-run double from Alex Oveson. The Skyhawks made it 6-0 in the third on Amelia Weight's solo home run.
"We played together as a team and we hit as a team," said Oveson, a junior outfielder. "We didn't hit for the glory or to be the hero. We hit for the team, and this is so great to come together.
"That was our goal was to jump ahead because that's one of the hardest things for a team to come back from."
Bonneville got a run back in the fourth on a solo shot by Mykel Davis, but the Skyhawks scored two more runs in the fifth to make it 8-1, as Whiting came through again with a two-run single.
By then, it was all over but the shouting.
"They got really mad (after losing to Bonneville 1-0 two days earlier)," Kinghorn said. "Sometimes when you get mad, that's not a good thing because you kinda crumble, but this team got mad and wanted to come back with a vengeance. ... We had to fight through, fight some of that insecurity or anxiety that comes in sports, right, anybody can beat anybody any day.
"So fighting through and just pushing through, knowing we've done it before, knowing we can do it again. That helped carry us, too. And our bats came alive these last two days.
"Our motto this year has been first blood — we want to score first," Kinghorn said. "That gives us a lot of confidence — your pitchers throw better, your defense plays more loose, when you have runs on the board. People just play loose, and when you play loose you play better. And playing with confidence, with runs supporting our defense, it's tough to beat. We're a tough team to beat."
And Bonneville High's heartbroken bunch of Lakers can certainly attest to that.
SALEM HILLS 10, BONNEVILLE 1: The Skyhawks smacked out 13 hits and feasted on seven uncharacteristic errors by the Lakers' normally ultra-reliable defense to force a second showdown for the 4A title.
Bohling threw six shutout innings and allowed just two hits with six strikeouts, and she helped her own cause with three RBIs, including a two-run homer in the fourth inning when Salem Hills put up a five-spot to break it open.
The Skyhawks scratched out a pair of early unearned runs, aided by a couple of Laker fielding miscues, then strung together six hits — highlighted by Bohling's two-run blast over the center-field fence — to take a 7-0 lead and essentially stash the win away.
Annalee Castleberry knocked in two runs for Salem Hills, and Alex Oveson and Amelia Weight each had two hits, including a double apiece, and an RBI. Kenzie Martin also had an RBI for the Skyhawks, and Oveson, Martin and Kenna Davis each scored a pair of runs.
Abby Toller drilled a couple of doubles and scored Bonneville's only run in the seventh inning on an RBI single by Mykel Davis.
SALEM HILLS 4, SPANISH FORK 3 (8 INNINGS): In Thursday's semifinal showdown, Bohling's run-scoring groundout in the eighth inning pushed the winning run across the plate to propel the Skyhawks into the title game.
Oveson started the bottom of the eighth at second base in the international tiebreaker, and she advanced to third base on a wild pitch. With one out, Bohling bounced a chopper to the right side of the infield and was thrown out at first, but Oveson broke for home and barely beat the throw to the plate to win it.