It was a meeting of the only two remaining unbeaten teams in Region 3, but according to Jordan head coach Steve Hendricks, only one team showed up to play.
And it wasn't his.Powered by the one-hit pitching performance of Nikki Anderson, third-ranked Alta became the current king of the region with a 3-0 win over the fourth-ranked Beet-diggers Thursday. The win improved the Hawks to 5-0 in region play, while Jordan dropped to 3-1.
"I thought we were ready to play. Nikki Anderson pitched a good game," said Hendricks, who pow-wowed with his players for nearly 20 minutes after the loss. "In a way I'm glad we lost. It takes these kids off of cloud nine."
Anderson didn't pitch her best game of the season but came up with the big pitches when she needed them. For the game, Anderson walked five batters, but struck out 12 and gave up just a sixth-inning single to Jamie Hendricks.
"She didn't have great control but she had really great ball movement," Alta head coach Vaughn Alvey said of Anderson.
The Hawks needed just one good at-bat to provide them with all the runs necessary for the win. Third-inning singles by Holly Roberts and Meg Johnson set the table for teammate Kate Peterson.
The sophomore shortstop blasted a one-out triple to right off Jordan's Lacee LePrey to give the Hawks a 2-0 lead. Peterson then scored on a wild pitch by LePrey for the 3-0 advantage.
That was enough for Anderson, who struck out the side in the bottom of the inning (all looking) after walking the first batter. Jordan put runners on in the fourth, sixth and seventh innings but couldn't get the big hit it needed.
While Alta may have the region lead for now, Alvey knows there is still a lot of work ahead.
"There are four or five teams in our region that are really tough," he said. "Anybody can pick up three losses the second time around."