OREM Several different ingredients go into making a good rivalry. When two ex-teammates take the coaching reins for two different teams in the same area, it can be the start of something interesting.
That's what happened with the Timpview and Timpanogos softball teams, as ex-BYU pitcher Nikki Anderson led her Timberwolves into battle against ex-BYU second baseman Debbie Dodds' T-Birds.
"We really wanted to win this game," said Dodds, even though her team found itself on the losing end of a back-and-forth 7-6 victory by Timpanogos.
The two teams were tightly matched and each found itself with the lead twice, but it was a walk and a double in the bottom of the seventh inning that broke the tie and gave the T-Wolves the victory.
Timpview came out strong in the first inning and used a walk and a couple of errors to its advantage as Kimmy Bramble scored on a dropped throw at first and an errant throw past third. Michon Marchant also made it across on a sacrifice bunt by Susan Vogtman to give the T-Birds the 2-0 lead.
That lead held up until the bottom of the third inning, when the T-Wolves rocked to a big inning. Kendra Martin and Chelsea Laird were both hit by pitches, and Megan Bishop and Kelsey Belliston each grounded singles. That was accompanied by an error on the first baseman to tie things up at 2-2.
Then Jessica Hoer smacked a double to deep center field that cleared the bases and put the T-Wolves up 5-2.
"We start out slow and pick it up at the end. If we could just score at the beginning ...," said Anderson about her team's knack for coming back with a thrilling win.
Timpanogos stayed in control until Timpview's bats came to life in the top of the fifth and put together a big inning of its own. It started with a single and a stolen base by Megan Pulham and continued with a grounder up the middle by Marchant. Vogtman picked up an RBI on a sacrifice, and pitcher Alisha Talk and Cydne Robinson each walked to fill the bases.
Tori Griffith knocked in two runs with a single, and Megan Fillmore finished off the scoring with an infield single. That gave the T-Birds a 6-5 lead with a solid pitcher on the mound in Talk, who finished the game with eight strikeouts.
Angie Larsen reached base on a single for the T-Wolves to lead off the bottom of the sixth and scored on some heads-up base running when a throw went awry after Hoer was called out at first base.
The two teams entered the seventh inning in a dead heat at six apiece.
It appeared that the T-Birds would break the tie with a single from Talk and a double by Robinson, but both were stranded.
Timpanogos had a little more luck in its half of the seventh after Belliston walked and Laird set her up at second by laying down a sacrifice bunt.
Kalee Gonzales doubled down the third base line, bringing in the game-winning run and giving the T-Wolves reason to celebrate though their coach noted they have plenty to work on."It takes us a while to get into the game. We have to focus from the beginning. Timpview played an awesome game. They fought hard every inning," said Anderson, who's hoping her team has found that focus by the time tough Region 4 play begins in a couple of weeks.