Due to the Utah High School Activities Association rules that stipulate a varsity softball team can only play 25 games during the course of the regular season, Thursday afternoon's doubleheader between the South Summit Wildcats and Morgan Trojans was switched to a junior varsity showdown.
But, since each team features many non-senior players, the games were still quite competitive for the fans in attendance and had a similar feel to varsity action.
With Hannah Peterson pitching for South Summit in game one of the doubleheader, the Wildcats fell behind Morgan 3-0 after the top of the first.
Eventually, Peterson, a freshman, settled into a groove and the Wildcats battled back, allowing no additional runs en route to a 9-3 victory in four innings.
"She's done really well," South Summit coach Cody Bowen said of Peterson. "She's played a ton of softball before high school. Having her contribute as a freshman adds a lot of depth. She hits well and pitches well and I can put her anywhere on defense."
Game two proved to be even better for South Summit. With Taylor Reidhead in the pitching circle, the Wildcats again allowed three runs, but the offense was on fire, scoring 18 runs in an 18-3 rout.
Peterson hit a triple at the plate in the first game. Natalie Nichols added two singles and McKaye Woolstenhulme reached base three times. Nichols, Rachel Rydalch and Jade Snyder each scored two runs in the 9-3 win.
The Wildcats were back in action on Friday (after this issue went to press) against American Leadership Academy. They'll play several games this coming week, starting with a rivalry game against North Summit on Tuesday. Then, it's Uintah on Thursday and a showdown against Manti on Friday. Next weekend, the Wildcats will be in Payson for a tournament that features a game against San Juan, the top 2A program in the state.
"I wanted to get a couple weeks this season where we could see what we could do with six or seven games in a three-day period," Bowen said. "That way, we can sort of simulate what the state tournament will be like. It's a big weekend we'll have to use our depth and our versatility."
Tuesday, Thursday and Friday's games all start at 3:30 p.m. at the softball complex in Oakley.