TAYLORSVILLE (ABC 4 Utah) – It took all afternoon to crown two champions at the Valley Complex Thursday, but Spanish Fork and West High School earned the hardware at the end of the day.
Uintah came from the one-loss bracket to beat the two-time defending champion Lady Dons in the early game. But Spanish Fork prevailed in game two and left no doubt winning 17-5 and claiming its third straight title game.
“Championships never get old. That’s what you kind of play for. You play to have fun too,” Spanish Fork head softball coach Don Andrews said. “But the hardware and the championships are pretty fun. All of them are. We had a little lull but we finished it off pretty good.”
In the 5A title game it was Bingham coming from the one-loss bracket to face West. Bingham topped West to force a second game. The Panthers fell into a 3-1 hole early but clawed back to a 12-6 victory and claimed its first softball state championship.
“We proved all of the doubters wrong. We’ve been called everything. We’ve been called ghetto. We’ve been called a fluke. We’ve been called anything you can think of,” said Huntyr Ava who blasted a 3-run homerun to pad the lead late in the game. “It’s just a relief right now. I’m so happy. I’m super proud of my girls. I’m so proud of my girls.”