Box Elder, Herriman win state softball championships


TAYLORSVILLE, Utah (ABC4 Sports) – Herriman High School won an extra inning thriller to win the 6A state softball title over Syracuse, 6-5.

Libby Parkinson pitched a complete game and hit a home run, as did Lexi Slade, while Sydnee Hoffman won it with a swinging bunt with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 8th.

“It was crazy,” Hoffman said. “I was struggling at the beginning of the game, but I had my team behind me and it all worked out.”

“She got it done,” Parkinson said. “She was tough in there. She battle and she got it done. That’s all she needs to say, she won the state championship.”

In the 5A state championship, Box Elder beat Bountiful twice to win its first title in 12 years.

The Bees won the first game, 12-7, scoring 7 runs in the top of the 7th inning to force a deciding second game.

Nyah DeRyke pitched a complete game and hit a home run as the Bees held on for a 5-4 victory.

“It was a great way to go out with my senior year,” DeRyke said. “I went out with a bang. I wouldn’t have been able to do any of this without my team or anybody, the coaches pushing me all the time.”

After Livi Arona tied the game in the 6th inning with a solo home run for Bountiful, Maycen O’Neal came through with a clutch 2-out RBI single in the top of the 7th for the game-winning run.

“It feels pretty good,” said a voiceless O’Neal after the game. “I mean, I wouldn’t be here without my teammates, so, whoo hoo!”

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