Tuesday , May 22, 2018 - 8:55 PM
TAYLORSVILLE — Rain and lightning forced the delay of the state softball championships Tuesday as the final four games of the day’s competition reached the fifth inning or later.
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Box Elder led Maple Mountain 9-5 with two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning of the 5A state quarterfinals when officials delayed the game because of nearby lightning.
At that point, sunlight bathed all four fields in spite of dark clouds to the west. Five minutes later, all four softball fields were under water.
The timing for Box Elder couldn’t have been worse. The Bees entered the fifth inning leading 6-5 before catcher Maycen O’Neal and Mallory Merrill hit back-to-back solo home runs before another run scored on Kallie Bair’s bunt to make it 9-5.
Earlier, the Bees scored four runs on a two-out rally in the bottom of the second inning, then scored two more on a two-out rally in the third with the same part of the batting order.
In the second inning, Reagan Marziale hit an RBI single up the middle to make it 1-0, Nyah DeRyke walked with the bases loaded and the next two runs scored on an error and a wild pitch.
Maple Mountain responded, first with an RBI single to cut the lead to 4-1, then with a grand slam to left field from Taylor Cherrington.
The third inning went the same way as the second for Box Elder: O’Neal hit a bloop single, Merrill hit a sacrifice bunt, Kyra Hardy grounded out to second and Reagan Marziale drove in a run with two outs.
Bair brought the Bees’ sixth run aboard with a ground ball to third base and a subsequent error.
Games will resume at 10 a.m. Wednesday, according to the UHSAA. The grounds crew will assess the field conditions at 6 a.m.
Box Elder wasn’t the only area team affected. Layton trailed Herriman in the 6A quarterfinals 10-6 in the fifth inning when play was stopped.
The winner of the Layton-Herriman game will face Bingham in the 6A semifinals at 3 p.m. Wednesday. The winner of the Box Elder-Maple Mountain game will face Bountiful at 3 p.m., which run-ruled defending 5A champion West 16-6.
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