LEHI — The Springville softball team proved resilient on Wednesday in securing a big 6-0 Region 8 win over Skyridge. The game came on the heels of a 9-1 loss to Wasatch where Red Devil sophomore pitcher McKenna Thomas-Chapin struggled limiting big hits and in escaping tough situations.
What a difference a few days can make.
Thomas-Chapin returned to the circle against the Falcons and pitched a brilliant complete game shutout effort when her team needed exactly that type of performance.
"She had a good week coming in, and that's just who she is as a person. She has a lot of grit," said Springville coach Jill Thackeray. "It was big for her to come back and do what she did today. Good for her and certainly good for the team."
Thomas-Chapin wasn't perfect on Wednesday, and found herself faced with runners in scoring position with fewer than two outs in three of her innings pitched. But that's when her grit kicked in with some timely assists from her defense.
"That was the difference between today and on Friday. We got out of those situations, with the defense really helping out," Thackeray said. "McKenna bears down when she knows what she needs to do and you saw that today."
Also helping the cause was some quick offense out of the gate. Before Thomas-Chapin even threw her first pitch, she was spotted a 1-0 lead by virtue of providing an RBI single, helping her cause considerably.
"These are big games here, so we need to get up for our mentality, and you could see it help us out there," Thackeray said. "We took control from the start and then just played with a lot of confidence for the rest of the game."
Avery Nelson added a sacrifice fly in the top of the third to increase the lead to 2-0 before an error allowed two more runs to score in the top of the fourth, pushing the lead to 4-0.
"We had some good runs scored, but we really wanted some more heading into that seventh inning," Thackeray said. "So I told them I was sick of seeing zeros on the scoreboard, that we needed to get some runs, and fortunately we got two more."Comment on this story
Those two runs came with a 2-RBI double from Whitney Shepherd in which Skyridge elected to walk a batter to get to her. She made the Falcons pay for the decision, hitting a hard grounder in the hole between second and third base for a big 6-0 lead heading into the bottom half of the seventh.
The lead held as Springville improved to 4-1 in Region 8 play to tie the Falcons for first place in the standings.
"We knew it would be a tough region race, so getting a win like this is big for us," Thackeray said. "It was a complete team effort and probably the most complete game we've had this year. I'm just so proud of the girls and how we responded."