Bear River has taken full advantage of some Grantsville defensive lapses to register a sweep of the Cowgirls during league play on the 2005 softball campaign.
In fact, the Lady Bears have produced five runs in the two bouts and all of their runs are unearned. Bear River pushed home four unearned runs on Cowgirl miscues and held on for a hard fought 4-2 triumph Friday in Grantsville.
The visitors rallied for a pair of runs in the top of the sixth to snap a 2-2 deadlock.
Bear River could only muster four hits on the day, one each by the sixth through ninth place hitters in the line-up.
In fact, Grantsville out hit their visitors with five safeties on the day, thanks to one each by Jordan Chaney, Katresha Veazie, Jarrell Veazie, Lauryl Baird and Monica Aagard.
Grantsville now falls to 7-6 on the season and 2-3 in region play. The Cowgirls host Ogden Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. and host Ben Lomond Friday, also at 3:30 p.m.
The Cowgirls has played well and four of their six setbacks have been by one run. However, with league setbacks to Tooele (4-0) and Bear River in the past week Grantsville is looking to finish the season strong. The Cowgirls did upend Granger 6-0 Monday on the Lady Lancers home field.
Grantsville Coach Bridget Clinton said her team had a chance to beat a talented Bear River squad. “We had our chances to win the game,” she noted. “But we made some extremely critical errors. The girls hit the ball well and they didn’t give up even when they were down.”
Bear River 4 – Grantsville 2
The Lady Bears pushed home four unearned runs to record another league triumph and stay one game off the league leading pace set by Tooele.
Ashlee Woerner drew a leadoff walk and Ashlee Hansen was hit by a pitch to open the game for Bear River. A passed ball allowed both runners to move into scoring position and Woerner bolted home on a wild pitch to stake the Lady Bears to a quick 1-0 cushion. Bear River tacked on another tally in the top of the second when a Brittani Westergaard single, passed ball and two-out hit by Tasha Chadez pushed home the Lady Bear and extended the margin to 2-0.
Grantsville battled back in the bottom of the fourth.
Katresha Veazie belted a solo home run over the center field fence to put the Cowgirls on the scoreboard. Jarrell Veazie reached on a Lady Bear fielding miscue, Lacey Cole reached on a fielder’s choice and Baird cracked an RBI single to knot the affair at 2-2.
However, the Lady Bears regained an advantage in the top of the sixth. Westergaard reached on a Cowgirl fielding miscue but was forced when Chadez hit a ground ball.
Brooke Lish reached base on a fielder’s choice and both runners came around to score on a wild pitch.
Grantsville threatened in the bottom of the seventh when Aagard blasted a one-out double to ignite a Cowgirl comeback bid in the final frame. But the next two Cowgirl hitters were forced out to end the game.
Richins, Westergaard, Chadaz and Lish were the lone Lady Bears to smack out a hit in the game for the visitors.