No. 4 seed Parowan and No. 5 seed Gunnison Valley hadn’t met on the softball field this season prior to Thursday’s 2A second round showdown, so there was obvious intrigue about the match-up.
A flawless defense performance helped Parowan stay in the winners bracket.
Behind a stout defense that made the clean plays whenever they presented themselves, Parowan pulled away from Gunnison valley in the latter innings for the 10-5 victory to march onto Friday’s winner’s bracket.
“We played exceptional in the field, we didn’t have errors, we were on top of our game, we were doing what we needed to do and that’s really what needed us,” said Parowan coach Shelby Bartlett.
Parowan’s excellent defense helped it overcome 10 walks by pitcher Madison Adams, who pitched out of several self-inflicted jams with four strikeouts.
Paige Felder had a monster day at the plate for Gunnison going 3 for 4 with two doubles, a home run and six RBIs.
Weather delayed the start of Thursday’s games by at least three hours, but Bartlett said a trip to a nearby Walmart helped the players get their energy out while they waited for the grounds keepers at the Spanish Fork Sports Complex to get the drenched fields in playable conditions.
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Source:: Deseret News – Sports News