High school softball: Taylorsville doubles up Copper Hills

Published: Saturday, Oct. 10 2015 8:54 a.m. MDT

WEST JORDAN — It's hard not to dwell on a mistake.

Erin Romero she has had trouble moving on from mistakes in the past. This year, however, her teammates have helped make sure errors don't cause a downward spiral.

"I feel really supported," said the senior third baseman after Taylorsville defeated Copper Hills 12-6. "I do get frustrated and down on myself sometimes. But this year I've been a lot more comfortable, and not as antsy and frustrated."

The primary reason for that comfort — and confidence — is her teammates.

Romero made a fielding error against the Grizzlies and pitcher Katie Greenberg called her over to tell her it was no big deal.

"The score definitely helped," she said of the Warriors seven-run lead at the time. "But my teammates just tell me not to worry about it. They say, 'We got this. We got your back. It's no biggie.'"

Despite the scoreboard, the game was not as lopsided as it appeared. Both teams hit well and both squads had some fielding errors. The Warriors had a rough start, but answered the Grizzlies three runs, which came thanks to a Dallas Vega three-run home run, with eight of their own.

Romero was part of the Warriors' prolific offense, which caused the Grizzlies to change pitchers in the second inning. She finished with three hits, including a double, and two RBIs. Senior pitcher Katie Greenberg went 2-for3 with two doubles and scored twice.

Taylor Dumas and Ashley Clayson each had doubles for the Grizzlies.

Taylorsville head coach Rich Kaelin said the Warriors need to get more focused more consistently if they hope to do well in a deep, talented Region 3.

"The teams that are going to win stay focused the whole time," he said. "We had some mental focus lapses on us, and they took advantage of them. It was like we got comfortable and then said, 'Oh yeah, we're in a game!'"

He commended the Grizzlies for playing hard the whole seven innings.

"They did a great job of staying in the game," he said. "We knew they were going to hit the ball."

Last year the two squads met and the Warriors edge the Grizzlies 16-15.

"It's one of those things," he said. "We used three pitchers last year."

He said no lead allows a team to relax — especially against a hard-hitting team like Copper Hills.

He was proud of how his team hit the ball and also how Greenberg buckled down after giving up some runs and led the team's defense.

"She really focused and that made a big difference," said Kaelin.

And Romero found another cure for nerves and frustration — hitting the ball.

"It felt so good to this the ball," she said smiling. "It feels great."

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