OREM Spanish Fork's bats were shining Thursday afternoon as they slugged out a 13-run third inning to beat Mountain View 16-1 and headed home early.
The game was called after the long third inning, when Mountain View struggled to get outs and the Dons nearly batted around their entire order twice.
"I noticed the other day that we were hitting pretty good," Spanish Fork coach Don Andrews said. "It is about as good as we have hit, and I have been happy with it. So whatever we have been doing, we must be doing it right."
Spanish Fork got its first run on a fly ball into center, which drove in an early run in the first inning. Mountain View left three runners stranded in the first inning as Spanish Fork outfielder Aly Tingey made two tough catches to help end the inning.
"We hit pretty good, but what people don't really give us much credit for is our defense," said Andrews. "We have a pretty good defensive team. It could have been an ugly first inning if (Tingey) had not made those two catches."
In the second, the Dons added two more runs after their first three batters were walked and came in on subsequent wild pitches. Then in the bottom of the second inning, Deven Baum's pitching forced three quick outs on the first three batters she faced.
Up 3-0 in the third, Spanish Fork blew the game open.
In the 13-run onslaught, everyone got into the action. Kylee Brinkerhoff and Whitney Holm both knocked in two runs while hitting triples, and four other teammates had doubles.
Down 16-0, Mountain View had one last chance at the plate and Whitney Florea drove in teammate Allysa Olsen for the Bruins' only run.
Andrews was impressed with his team's fire, but not everything he had for them was praise.
"I saw a lot of mistakes we made," he said. "We made some noticeable base-running errors, and some of that is first-game jitters, but that will come along."
Andrews continued to look ahead to the Dons' next game against Springville and hoped to remind his players not to get too overconfident."We can't make the mistakes we made today and beat Springville," he said.
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