Entering the first day of the 2A softball state tournament on Thursday, Enterprise is trying to win its first softball state championship in school history.
The Wolves come into the tournament with the best record in 2A, at 19-3. They went 7-0 in region play. You can watch it live on DeseretNews.com.
“We’ve been to the state tournament quite a few years and we’re prepared physically and everything, we just need to be mentally prepared to not let the state scare us a little bit and just mentally be tough, no matter who we face,” Enterprise head coach Katye Jones said.
“They’ve been coming up really key for us in different situations. Not one of them is dominating over the other one. It feels like if one’s struggling, the other one will pick us up and so it’s been really good. Whether Ronnie’s doing well or not, Allie will pick up or Jessica will pick us up, or vice versa. It’s been really good to have them be able to be consistent game after game,” Jones said.
Beaver is also looking for its first softball title, and knows that formidable foes — Enterprise, Gunnison, Altamont and Duchesne, to name a few — stand in its way.
“I think Enterprise and Gunnison are the teams to beat, Altamont and Duchesne are both very solid as well,” Beaver head coach Dallin Clove said. "We’ve got to be consistent. Our pitching has got to be consistent and we’ve got to hit the ball. If we don’t hit the ball, we’re going to struggle. We’ve got to find a way to hit the ball, and put the ball in play and manufacture some runs.
"We have a great group of girls and a strong senior class and I think that they’re ready to go and compete and to make some noise, but we certainly have some things to prove, as Enterprise and Gunnison both return most, if not all, of the girls from last year’s teams.”Comment on this story
“They’ve done a great job for us all year hitting in that three and four hole," Clove said. "Brittlyn Carter and Taylnn Brown have done a good job getting on base and allowing Tavy and Sydnee to be as productive as they’ve been. It’s not all on those two, they’ve certainly hit the ball well and that’s why they’re there, but we have a lot of girls that are contributing. Everyone’s playing a role this year and they’re doing what I’m asking them to do, and ultimately, that’s got to stay the same for us to be successful."
Gunnison, which captured its first softball title in school history last year, is led by Maddie Edwards, who hit seven home runs and eight doubles. Duchesne has Sierra Lefler, who has three home runs, eight doubles and a triple. Altamont had a strong region showing and is spearheaded by Gracey Gardner, who has launched two homers and hit two triples.