High School Softball: Enterprise Closes in on 2A State Tournament Repeat
Enterprise had never won a state championship before 2018, but now he’s on the verge of winning a hat-trick with no end in sight.
Wolves won two games in Friday’s 2A State Tournament at the Spanish Fork Complex and are the last team to finish among the winners heading into Saturday’s championship rounds.
Enterprise will face winner Millard against Duchesne, the last two teams standing in the one-loss bracket that meet at 10 a.m.
It will be a tall order for either to dethrone Wolves, who are perfect competition 16-0 against 2A this season.
That includes a 10-0 win over Beaver in Game 1 on Friday, then a 5-2 win over No. 1 seed Duchesne in the winners’ group final.
“We are ready to play Beaver, they are our rivals and we are focused. Mentally, we have to be focused against Beaver, whether it’s a 10-point game or a two- or three-point ball game,” Enterprise coach Katye Jones said.
Blakelee Christiansen commanded the strike zone to claim victory in both games as they improved to 13-3 this season.
Jones said the key against Duchesne’s quality hitters is finding the corners consistently.
“If she didn’t move the ball, I know they’re good hitters. So she had to make sure she got to her points and didn’t go down in the middle of the zone, if we hit in the middle of the zone they’re great hitters and they’re going to drive the ball,” Jones said.
Even though Duchesne scored twice on Christiansen, defensive errors made both possible.
After Enterprise scored twice in the top of the first on a Noah Moyle two-run single, Duchesne fought back with two more runs to tie the score at 2-2. The first run scored on a knockdown on a pick-up attempt, and the second on a short blooper just at second base that the shortstop and second baseman both watched fall instead of making the routine catch.
“I think our jitters got to us, it’s a huge game and we were a little nervous. We just had to settle in, once settled in everything was fine,” Jones said.
Duchesne put a few runners on base over the next six innings, but Christiansen made the pitches she needed to thwart any rallying momentum.
Addison Nelson helped Enterprise regain the lead in the third inning with a two-run homer to left field as she finished the game 3 for 4 with two RBIs.
In Enterprise’s three wins at the Spanish Fork Complex over the past two days, Nelson is 6 of 10 with six RBIs.
“She’s disciplined, she’s not going to go after the bad throws, she’s just going to go after the good throws and she’s not trying to overdo it. She’ll put the ball in the middle of the ball and not make any not too much,” Jones said.
Enterprise extended the lead to 5-2 in the fifth inning on another RBI single from Moyle, who has six RBIs in the state tournament.
Despite the loss, Duchesne’s Kelsey Grant had a good day on the mound with nine strikeouts and limited Wolves to their fewest runs against a 2A team all season.
The Duchesne ace hopes to get another chance against the Enterprise on Saturday, but his team must first beat Millard in the morning to set up that possibility.