Prep softball: Copper Hills tops Bingham, 18-13

Published May 2, 2014 9:53 am

Prep softball • Grizzlies move into first-place tie with Miners.
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West Jordan • Call it a rally cry, call it a scream for help, call it whatever you want — it worked. After Copper Hills went through two pitchers and gave up seven runs to Bingham in the first inning, Grizzlies softball coach Jentry Johnson gave her girls an unorthodox solution to let out their frustrations.

"I've never ever had them do that before, ever," Johnson said. "I just — that first inning getting down 7-0 was something I'd never seen before out of these girls. Something needed to change them, so I told them all to go out to the curb, scream, get it out, and come back a whole new girl. Apparently they did; it worked."

Lifted by stellar defense and an offensive onslaught by Ashlee Anderson and Paige Watts — six and five RBIs, respectively — all pitcher Cassi Clouse had to do was throw strikes and trust in her teammates, which is exactly what she did as the Grizzlies rallied for an 18-13 victory and a share of first place — with the Miners — in Region 3.

"It was awesome to see [Cassi] come in, relax, and throw strikes — trust in her defense," Anderson said. "She had confidence in herself and you could see it."

On the day, Anderson delivered time and time again with bases loaded. Her biggest moment at the plate came in the second as she ripped a liner to centerfield for a grand slam.

"Ashlee is one of those hitters that when she's on, she's on," coach Johnson said. "She's been diligently working on feeling comfortable and confident in the box. I think tonight was the turning point for her to feel confident."

Copper Hills tied Bingham at 10 in the third and went ahead for good in the fourth. The Grizzlies were held scoreless in only one inning.

"This was the highlight of my coaching career. It was a team effort from top to bottom," Johnson said.

A game that once looked like the beginning of an ugly day rallied an entire team together.

"Its boosted our team's confidence and I think it brought our team together," Anderson said. —

Copper Hills 19, Bingham 13

• Copper Hills moves into a first-place tie with Bingham in Region 3.

• Copper Hills uses four pitchers in the game — rare during a victory.

• Emily Lewis goes 3-for-5 with two RBIs for Bingham.