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Wildcats fall in 2A softball playoffs

The South Summit Wildcats saw their season end on May 10 with losses to Enterprise and Manti. Christopher Reeves/The Park Record
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The Wildcats saw their 2013 season come to an end May 10 with two losses in the 2A softball playoffs.

Down 3-2 against Enterprise in their first game of the day, the South Summit softball team managed to get several runners on base, but couldn’t capitalize.

After that loss, the Wildcats dropped into the one-loss bracket, where a second loss would end their season.

Despite being down after the close loss, South Summit bounced back in a big way, knocking Richfield out of the tournament with a 15-5 win.

"That’s why you have a double-elimination tournament," South Summit coach Cody Bowen said. "It gives you a chance to keep going. We’re a resilient group and that’s what’s kept us going all year."

But in their third game of the day, the Wildcats ran into Manti, a team with outstanding pitching that proved to be too much for South Summit to handle.

Plus, after two hard-fought games earlier in the day, the Wildcats’ pitching staff was worn out, leading to an offensive outburst from Manti en route to a 13-2 win for the Templars.

Overall, Bowen said, it was a sluggish day for the South Summit offense because of the quality of pitchers the Wildcats had to face.

"It was tough," he said. "We had plenty of runners on base; we just didn’t get enough timely hits."

He added that once a team drops into the one-loss bracket, it’s nearly impossible to climb back to the top.

"It’s just hard to come back that far," he said. "We just didn’t have enough gas to pull it back that far."

But Bowen said that he’s proud of what the team accomplished this season, compiling a record of 25-3.

"It’s been an incredible season and it’s been a joy to go to the field every day," he said. "They’re a great group of girls."

And, he added, there’s plenty of reason to be optimistic about next season.

"All our pitching from this year is coming back, so our staff should be deeper," he said. "We lose four really good seniors, but we have some young girls who I hope will step up."

The nine sophomores on this year’s squad got acquainted to varsity play, according to Bowen.

"They got some good experience and I hope it opened their eyes," he said.

All in all, despite the disappointing ending, Bowen concluded that the 2013 season will be one to remember.

"It was a great year," he said. "Unfortunately, it didn’t end like we had hoped. But only one team can win it all."


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