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Emery softball heads to state tourney

Jolynn Jennings bunts and runs to first where she is safe.

Sports Writer

The Emery High Lady Spartan softball team lost two games last week that maybe they could have and should have won as they played two non-region contests in preparation for this weeks 2-A Utah State softball tournament in St. George.

On Tuesday, Emery hosted Gunnison and the Spartans aided the Bulldogs to a win as the Emery defense committed nine errors in the game. Emery out hit Gunnison 11 to six but Gunnison won 9-5. Jaiden Huntington hit a double in the game for the only extra base hit for Emery.

On Thursday, Emery traveled to Uintah and lost the game in extra innings 9-8. Emery scored three runs in the first inning and another in the second to lead 4-2 after two innings. After Uintah had taken the lead at 5-4, Emery scored three runs in the fifth inning to regain the lead at 7-5. Uintah scored a single run in the fifth inning and then another single run in the bottom of the seventh inning to tie the score.

Emery scored a run in the top of the eighth inning to regain the lead only to see Uintah hit a homerun in the bottom of the inning to win the game. Uintah hit four home runs in the game while Auminee Bennett hit a homerun for Emery. Kaitlyn Thomson had a double for Emery's only other extra base hit.

Emery starts state action this Thursday at the Canyons Softball complex in St. George at 2 p.m. Emery will play Millard. The complex is at 1890 W. 2000 N. in St. George.

If the girls win they will play at 6 p.m. against the winner of South Summit and Kanab.

If they lose they will play the loser of South Summit and Kanab at 4 p.m.

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