The 4A state tournament semifinal game presented quite a stark contrast to its 5A counterpart Friday at the Cottonwood Complex.
While a pitching and defensive gem was being displayed by 5A's Jordan and Bingham, Region 4 rivals Bonneville and Fremont put on quite an offensive show. When the dust finally settled, the Silver Wolves had advanced to Tuesday's state championship game with a 7-6 victory in eight innings.Fremont looked like it was on its way to the title game in regulation with a 6-2 lead in the seventh inning. But Bonneville rallied for four runs in the bottom of the inning to keep things going.
"My heart was thumping. It scared me," said Fremont head coach JoLeigh Kerr of the Lakers' rally. "I knew that if we could get out of it we'd win."
Using international tiebreaker rules, Fremont's Chantel Christensen started the top of the eighth inning on second base and gave the Silver Wolves the lead by scoring on a Bonneville error, the Lakers' 10th of the game.
In the bottom of the inning, Bonneville sacrificed its runner over to third, but Fremont pitcher Kristin Dominguez struck out the next two Laker batters to seal the victory.
"I just wanted to strike them out," said Dominguez, who entered the game in the seventh inning for starter Shannalee Brown. "It was very stressful. I was shaking really bad."
Fremont broke open a 2-2 tie in the fifth inning by putting three runs on the board on two hits and three Laker errors. Fremont's Neesha Kunz then added some insurance with a home run in the top of the seventh to give the Silver Wolves their 6-2 advantage.
Instead of going away quietly though, the Lakers loaded the bases with one out. Camille Cook drove in two runs with a single and Natalie Cook's RBI single cut the deficit to 6-5. Camille Cook then tied the score when she raced home from third on a wild pitch.
Bonneville faces Roy at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday with the winner meeting Fremont for the title. If Fremont should lose, the two teams will meet again 15 minutes later.
ROY 4, BOX ELDER 3: The Royals hung on in the final inning to defeat the defending state champion Bees. Roy led 4-2 in the bottom of the seventh before giving up a run. The Bees had two runners on base with two outs but Mandy Flint struck out the final Box Elder batter to get the victory.
Angie Knudson hit a pair of doubles and drove in a run for Roy, while Flint recorded seven strikeouts. With the loss, Box Elder finished the tournament in fourth place.
ROY 3, SPRINGVILLE 0: Mandy Flint allowed just three hits and struck out seven batters in the Royal victory. Angie Decaria and Lori Burchell each drove in runs for Roy, as Springville tied for fifth place with the loss.
BOX ELDER 4, HIGHLAND 0: Jesse Haycock went 3-4 and drove in a run for the Bees, who scored three runs in the fourth inning to break the game open. Marcie Neff had five strikeouts for Box Elder. Highland tied with Springville for fifth place.