ST. GEORGE — Snow Canyon wanted to send a message Thursday afternoon, and the Payson Lions were the medium the Lady Warriors used.
Flexing its collective muscles, the Warriors blasted Payson 10-0 in a five-inning mercy-rule game at the Little Valley softball complex in St. George.
"Yeah, we knew this was a big game for us to play well after last week," SC third baseman Shelbee Hutchings said. "We wanted to play good and smooth and strong."
Hutchings had a three-run double in the first inning and the Warriors pounded 12 hits en route to the easy win. Sonya Hardy also doubled and Snow Canyon scored five in the first and five in the third.
"My team's always got my back," said pitcher Brytni Gurney, who scattered four hits in five innings. "I expect a lot from my team and they always come through."
Snow Canyon has taken the field 22 times this season and has left victorious each time
"We don't think about being undefeated much," senior Autumn Shipp said. "It's all about the state tournament now."
Shipp had an RBI single in the fifth inning and generally enjoyed her first start since last season. She tore her knee ligaments just before this past basketball season.
"It's fantastic having her back," Gurney said. "She's an inspiration. It brings back memories of when we were little. We've always played together."
There was no doubt Snow Canyon came into the game with a purpose. After mowing down the Lions 1-2-3 in the top of the first, the Warriors collected five hits in the bottom of the inning, including Hutchings' double and singles by Grace Walton, Gurney, Natalie Coulam and Skylar Gates.
It remained 5-0 until the third when Snow Canyon rapped out another five hits. Shipp, Hardy, Kenzee Langston and Mitzi Gates all had RBIs in the inning.
On the other side, Gurney was in control all the way, not letting a single Payson runner past second base.
The Lady Warriors advanced in the no-loss side of the bracket with the win and will play Stansbury Friday at 5:30 p.m.
STANSBURY 9, UINTAH 0: The Lady Stallions also cruised to an easy win on Thursday afternoon and will play a winners bracket game Friday vs. Snow Canyon.
CANYON VIEW 8, SPANISH FORK 6: The Lady Dons were cruising along with a 6-1 lead heading into the seventh when Canyon View exploded for seven runs. Josie Platt led the charge offensively and also got the win in the circle for the Lady Falcons.
BEAR RIVER 10, JUAN DIEGO 3: The Lady Bears pulled away late in the game to knock Juan Diego into the one-loss bracket.
SPANISH FORK 6, JUAB 5: Spanish Forfk stayed alive and will face Tooele in an elimination game at 10 a.m. Friday.
TOOELE 6, JUAN DIEGO 3: The Lady Buffaloes stayed alive and will face Spanish Fork in an elimination game at 10 a.m. Friday.
PINE VIEW 5, PAYSON 0: Kirsten Anderson pitched a no-hitter as Pine View stayed alive and will face Uintah in an elimination game at 10 a.m. Friday.
UINTAH 10, GRANTSVILLE 9: The Lady Utes stayed alive and will face Pine View in an elimination game at 10 a.m. Friday.
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