PROVO Extra base hits were the name of the game when American Fork battled through falling snow to finally defeat Timpview 12-9.
American Fork pounded out six hits for extra bases, and the T-Birds added a pair. And most of the action came in the seventh inning as 12 of the 21 runs came in the final stanza after the snow finally drizzled away.
American Fork took a 5-4 lead into the top of the seventh, but had insurance runs on its mind. The Cavemen definitely took advantage of their big bats in the process as they racked up five hits and seven runs to extend their lead to 12-4 in what appeared to be a death knoll for Timpview.
American Fork catcher Sandra Nessler had already sailed one over the fence in center for a two-run homer in the top of the fifth to give the Cavemen the slim 5-4 lead.
"It felt so good," she said about the first four-bagger the Cavemen had this season. It wouldn't be the last.
Nessler doubled to deep right with one out and nobody on in the seventh, and Shelbi Peterson reached on an error, Amy Krommenhoek lined a hard single to center, bringing in a run and adding to the Cavemen cushion.
After recording the second out, Haley Holmstead knocked a ball over the fence, bringing in three more runs and a 9-4 lead.
Shelby Swapp added a single, pitcher Kayla Sorenson reached on an error, and Cydne Mason doubled to the center field fence to add what turned out to be the game-winning runs to the total with two RBIs. She finished the scoring with some heads-up base running on a wild pitch, giving the Cavemen their 12-4 lead.
"Our bats broke open in St. George, and we've been scoring really well. They came through and hit some really good ones today," said American Fork coach Duke Sorenson.
He noted that hitting is one of his team's biggest strengths, and the team definitely showed that on Friday afternoon.
But the T-Birds weren't about to let the Cavemen steal the victory. Adaiza Greenhalgh started things off with a single up the middle, Tori Griffith added a single to left, and Chelsey Chapworth walked to load the bases with nobody out.
A single by Megan Pulham scored one, and a single up the left side by Michon Marchant added two more. Susan Vogtman picked up an RBI with a sacrifice, and Alisha Talk singled one down the third base line to give the T-Birds their ninth run of the contest before a fielder's choice ended the game.
Nessler finished with a double, a homer and two RBIs, and Holmstead added a single and three RBIs to her long ball. Krommenhoek had a solid outing with two singles, a double and an RBI, and Swapp finished with a single, a double and two RBIs for the Cavemen.Vogtman was huge for Timpview with a pair of doubles, a single and four RBIs. Pulham added three singles, Kimmy Bramble and Griffith each had two hits, and Marchant had two singles and a pair of RBIs.