Miners win region softball title, go deep in playoffs
May 30, 2018 12:05PM
● By Josh McFadden
Jaydan Jensen steadies herself for the pitch before advancing a runner to third. (Travis Barton/City Journals)
By Josh McFadden | [email protected]
In non-region games, the Bingham softball team came up on the short end more times than they won, but it was a completely different story in Region 4 play.
The Miners went undefeated in 12 league games, finishing first, three games ahead of Pleasant Grove. Of course, unblemished region finishes are nothing foreign to the Miners. Bingham has now completed three consecutive undefeated region seasons and hasn’t lost a region contest since April 2015.
This season, Bingham didn’t just win all its region games, but blew away the competition.
Amazingly, the Miners allowed just eight runs in league contests and never gave up more than two runs in those games. Overall, the Miners were 14-6 and surrendered a mere 38 runs, by far the least amount in the entire state.
Bingham put plenty of runs on the board too, racking up 149 in region games and 177 overall. The Miners’ closest game against Region 4 opponents was an 8-0 victory over Pleasant Grove. The team posted huge victories of 16-0, 16-1, 14-0, 13-2, 15-0 and 12-0 during the season. Few of Bingham’s games went a full seven innings.
By winning Region 4, the Miners grabbed the top seed in the region and hosted their first-round Class 6A state tournament game against Davis, the fourth seed from Region 1. Like it had done so many times during the regular season, Bingham put this one away early. The Miners scored seven runs in the third inning, breaking open a 3-0 game to a 10-0 rout. That’s the way things stayed in the game, as the mercy rule ended it after the fifth inning. It was Bingham’s seventh shutout victory of the season.
Bingham’s lopsided first-round win advanced the team to the second round where it defeated Taylorsville, the second-place team from Region 3, 6-1. After the second round, the rest of the tournament moves from the home sites of higher-seeded teams to the Valley Softball Complex in Taylorsville. The double-elimination tournament ended May 24.
Plenty of Bingham players have contributed to the successful season. Pitcher Nicole Wall has earned eight victories on the mound. The senior was a factor from the plate as well, picking up five doubles on the year. Aubree Hogan hit five home runs and seven doubles, Sidnee Hogan, Kenadee Moore and Sophia Badell each added doubles.
The Miners were hoping to avenge a heartbreaking loss to West in last season’s Class 5A state championship game.