Thanks to last week's wet weather, the 5A and 4A softball tournaments have the honor of crowning the school year's final state champions when the title games are played Tuesday at the Cottonwood Complex.
Three teams remain alive in each classification, and both tournaments will produce new champions. Last year's winners - Taylorsville and Box Elder - lost on Friday, each placing fourth in their respective tournament.Here is a look at each tournament:
Class 5A: Surprisingly, the Jordan Beetdiggers are the team in the championship game, waiting for someone to play. Jordan upset top-ranked Bingham 1-0 Friday and will watch Tuesday's early game between Bingham and Moun-tain View to see who its opponent will be.
Should Jordan lose its first game, a second will be played 15 minutes later.
With the momentum on his team's side, Jordan head coach Steve Hendricks wasn't too thrilled about the extra three-day layoff.
"I'd rather have played today or tomorrow," he said after Friday's win over Bingham. "The break makes it tough because you can lose your focus."
Bingham head coach Mikki Jackson also didn't like the extra time off despite her team's loss.
"I think we would like to turn around and get right after it," said Jackson. "It may give us some time to prepare and work on our hitting though."
The Miners were limited to just three hits in their loss to Jordan.
Mountain View wouldn't mind keeping the Bingham bats silent while advancing to the championship game itself. The Bruins finished a school-best fourth last year and don't want to settle for third this season.
"We know we can play with anybody," said Mountain View head coach Mike LaHargoue.
The extra time off may benefit Mountain View the most. While Bingham and Jordan each have three strong starting pitchers, the Bruins have one in Shannon Lewis, whose arm and bat were hot last week.
Class 4A: While it's not a surprise that the three teams remaining all hail from Region 4, the fact that Fremont is the lone unbeaten team is. The Silver Wolves were the third seed out of the region but beat Box Elder and outlasted Bonneville to get into the championship game.
Much like Jordan's Hendricks, Fremont head coach JoLeigh Kerr also would have liked to have played sooner than Tuesday.
"I'd almost just assume that we go into it tomorrow," said Kerr after her team's win over Bonneville on Friday. "We've got the momentum with us."
Fremont will play the winner out of the early game between Roy and Bonneville. The Lakers used a four-run rally on Friday to send their game with Fremont into extra innings before finally falling.
"That rally got us ready for Tuesday," said Bonneville head coach Jamie Stireman. "We give it all until the fat lady sings."
Like Mountain View, the layoff helps Roy, whose only varsity pitch-er is Mandy Flint. The senior recorded 14 strikeouts in wins over Springville and Box Elder on Friday. The Royals would also like to get a little revenge.
"We want paybacks on both of them," said Roy catcher Angie Knudson, as Fremont beat the Royals in the regular season and Bonneville beat them in the tournament.