BOUNTIFUL Kat Titsworth's first two at-bats weren't so memorable. She hit one to the pitcher and then was hit by a pitch.
In her third at-bat, however, she made sure every member of the Sky View softball team will remember her when she smacked a line drive to left field to drive in two runs to tie the game in the seventh inning Tuesday.
"Kat's been tough for us all year," said Bountiful coach Butch Latey after the Braves edged the Bobcats 3-2. "I think this is the third game she's won for us this year with the bat."
Titsworth then scored the game-winning run on a sacrifice fly by Lindsay Parkin.
"I was kind of nervous," Parkin, a junior, said of coming to bat with the winning run in scoring position. "It was fun though."
As for the hit, once she connected, she knew the game was over.
"It was awesome," she said. "I thought it was going over (the fence)."
Latey said his team may have underestimated the Bobcats as the Braves handled them easily last year.
"That was a hard way to start (region)," he said. "I think they looked by them a little bit. This was a good game for us, and the girls responded well."
He said being down by two runs after recording just two hits in the other six innings was a little worrisome.
"One run, you think you've got a chance," he said. "Two runs is tough because you have to have two base runners and then bring them around. ... Sure enough, they did it."
Bountiful finished with just three hits, but Sky View had three errors in the inning that helped the Braves get where they needed to be when the hits came.
"That was wild," he said.
Sky View coach Shane Jones agreed it was a thrilling start to what both coaches expect to be a tough region schedule.
"That's a great game to have this early in the season," Jones said. "We're young, but we had a couple of girls step up. ... Hopefully this will be a good lesson for us. We'll learn from it and figure out we can win in these tight situations or we'll find out we are a bunch of head cases."
Jones' daughter Kenzi Jones led the team's offense with two doubles. Her second double came in the top of the seventh inning with a full count and two runners on base. She knocked in both runs to give the Bobcats a 2-0 lead.Sky View had a better outing at the plate with eight hits, but Bountiful had no fielding errors. Catcher Kim Weese made a huge defensive play when she made a diving catch on a foul ball to get the Braves their first out of the seventh inning.