PAYSON Sarah Clark continued her dominance over Region 7 hitters in blanking Payson in Springville's 6-0 victory Thursday.
Clark allowed one hit and fanned 12 as the Red Devils improved their regular season record to 6-0 just in time for a showdown with Tooele, which is also 6-0 after its 19-4 win over Timpview.
Clark's pitching infused her hitters with confidence as they came away with nine hits in the contest while drawing seven walks. They did strand 15, and even considering five Payson errors, the Lions were more unhappy about their inability to hit.
Only Jessi Uresti came away with a single in the game for Payson as she smacked one to a hole in the third inning. The Red Devils, however, were led by Kandice Kirkham, who smashed three singles, RBI and a walk.
"I've never seen her hit better," said Springville coach Karl Jensen.
Freshman Ali Brinkerhoff also showed off some strength as she brought in three runs with a single and a double to deep center.
"She has progressed well. She's one of the young kids that are coming up with great abilities, and she's handled everything well as I've gradually moved her in," said Jensen.
In the top of the sixth, the Red Devils suffered yet another scare when first baseman Danica Budge was hit on the hand with a pitch. She suffered two severely bruised fingers but though Jensen feared she had broken them, she was given clearance to play and told they were only bruised. And no matter how much that hand hurts, she'll be playing against Tooele in their game today.
"I will be ready to go," Budge said with utter determination to which Jensen replied, "you'd have to cut her legs off for her to not play in that game."
Springville picked up a pair of runs in the first inning on three singles by Clark, Kirkham and Brinkerhoff and a Payson error.
They didn't score again until the top of the fifth on a walk to Brittany McCray, a single by Kirkham and Brinkerhoff's double.
Mariah Jensen also had a single to the left side of the infield that inning, but the Red Devils weren't able to bring her home.Another error, a single by Keeli Chalk and a sacrifice fly from Brinkerhoff brought in one more for the Red Devils in the sixth, and they scored their final run on an error and a single by Clark in the seventh.