Prep roundup: Syracuse survives as softball playoffs reach final day

Wednesday , May 23, 2018 - 9:29 PM

Standard-Examiner Staff

TAYLORSVILLE — Syracuse took a 2-0 lead after four innings, then scored two insurance runs in the seventh inning to eliminate Layton 4-1 in Wednesday’s final game in the 6A state tournament one-loss bracket.

Ashtyn Bauerle pitched a complete game in the win for Syracuse, giving up two hits and striking out two. She also went 2 for 4 at the plate, with one RBI and one run scored. Aubri Huffaker batted 2-4 with an RBI. Kylie Derrick hit an RBI double and Rachel Godfrey hit an RBI single.

Syracuse gets a rematch with Bingham at noon Thursday. Bingham beat Syracuse 5-4 Tuesday in the quarterfinals. The winner of the Syracuse-Bingham contest advances to meet Herriman in the championship game at 3 p.m.

Emalie Bennion provided the offense for Layton, hitting a solo home run in the fifth inning. Jackie Gold picked up the other Lancer hit and took the loss in the circle. Layton ends the season with a 14-9 record.

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TAYLORSVILLE — Fallyn Marshall wasn’t interested in waiting for the game to jog to a nail-biting end. The Syracuse senior shortstop sent a two-run double to the fence in the first inning that put the Titans ahead 2-1, then roped another one to the same spot in the third inning to make it 6-1.

Syracuse built a 7-1 lead, which proved enough to hold off a late Davis rally as the Titans beat their Region 1 rivals 9-7 in an early one-loss bracket game Wednesday in the 6A state tournament.

After a rain delay of 1 hour, 4 minutes in the fifth inning, Carley Croshaw’s three-run blast brought the deficit back to 7-4. Croshaw gave Davis a 1-0 lead in the first inning with an RBI double to score Mia Cullimore.

Croshaw went 3 for 3 with four RBIs and fell a triple short of the cycle.

Marshall responded with the two-run double, followed by RBIs from Ashlee Schriever and Rachel Godfrey. Godfrey drove another run home with a groundout in the third to make it 7-1.

Kylie Derrick hit a two-run homer in the top of the seventh to extend Syracuse’s lead to 9-4 before Davis nearly sent the game to extra innings.

Lexi Sunderland hit an RBI double, Carley Croshaw hit a sac fly and Lauren Gray hit an RBI double.

That made it 9-7 before Sidney Eyre flew out to center field to end the game. Derrick hit 4 for 4 with three singles and the two-run homer.

Had it not been for Eyre’s defense, though, Syracuse easily would’ve scored more runs.

Eyre caught a Fallyn Marshall fly ball in right field, then threw out a runner at home to end the fourth inning before the rain delay. In the sixth, Marshall hit a line drive to right field that looked sure to drop for another base hit before Eyre dove and caught it to end the inning.


TAYLORSVILLE — Layton fell behind Kearns 2-0 after the top of the fifth inning, but scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth and two in the sixth in an early one-loss bracket game Wednesday in the 6A state tournament, advancing to meet Syracuse later in the day.

Kaitlyn Roberts hit a two-run home run to start Layton’s scoring and tie the game 2-2. Brooklyn Pritchett scored the go-ahead run when Jackie Gold reached base on an error.

Shelby Moss and Kenzie Myers each singled and scored in the sixth. Gold picked up the win, giving up four hits.


TAYLORSVILLE — Box Elder beat Maple Mountain in a 5A state quarterfinal game resumed Wednesday morning after being delayed Tuesday by lightning in the fifth inning with Box Elder leading 9-5.

After the game was resumed Wednesday, Maple Mountain added one run in the seventh inning but could get no closer.

Box Elder then fell to Bountiful. The Bees will face West at noon Thursday for the chance at a rematch with Bountiful in the 5A championship game.


TAYLORSVILLE — Layton dropped a 6A state quarterfinal game to Herriman at the Valley Complex.

The game was delayed by lightning Tuesday night with Herriman leading 10-6.Play was resumed Wednesday morning in the 6th inning. Herriman scored once more in the seventh inning for the final tally.

Justin Johnson and Patrick Carr contributed to these reports.

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