Even when falling behind 5-0 to Millard North, Southwest coach MarkWatt said there was no panic.
“We knew just chip away, chip away, and pretty soon. We can hit the ball well and we managed to do that today,” Watt said. “Nobody loves to be down five runs, but we know if we just do what we plan to do, we’re not going to start bunting, just swing the bats, and generally we’re going to come around.”
Southwest began with two runs in the bottom of the third inning. The Silver Hawks took the lead for good with five runs in the fourth before ending the game one inning early with the eight-run sixth.
Bailey Selvage earned the victory after replacing starter Sam Bank in the third inning.
“She pitched great, probably the best she has all season,” Watt said. “Exactly when we needed her to.”
A first-inning grand slam by Sydney Walz sparked East to a 5-0 lead. The Patriots then shut out the Spartans over the next four innings and took a 13-6 lead into the seventh.
But Spartan coach Lance Kingery said the jump-start from a two-run home run by Morgan Adams in the seventh was one of the biggest plays of the game.
“I have every belief in the world in Morgan Adams,” Kingery said. “We treaded water for about five innings where just played not to lose. We get to that last inning, and not to lose doesn’t have any merit anymore. I think our whole mentality just changed on that.” Kingery admitted that he was starting to plan in his head for the second game. But he also knew his team didn’t want to play another game.