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Prep softball: BYU-bound McKenna Bull pitches Weber past Woods Cross, 6-4

Published March 31, 2012 7:11 pm

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Woods Cross • Down 4-1 at the end of the second inning against Woods Cross, Weber softball coach Melinda Wade looked to her bullpen.

It helped that her usual starter, ace McKenna Bull, happened to be there ready and waiting.

Bull entered the game at the start of the third and helped her team rally for a 6-4 victory with a dominant performance. The junior BYU commit struck out 12 of the 16 batters she faced to prevent the upset and keep the Warriors undefeated on the year.

"She's usually not in the bullpen," Wade said, "but, what can I say, she's an anchor — we love having her."

Junior Alexzandra Goodpasture started on the mound for Weber, holding the Wildcats scoreless in the first. She struggled in the second, however, allowing the Wildcats four runs off five hits.

Junior Daphne Robinson started the rally for Woods Cross, smashing a double into right field. After freshmen Sarah Lee and Hanalee Robinson loaded the bases with singles, junior Breanna Price stepped to the plate and knocked a line drive into the outfield for another double. Sophomore Manni Johnson was able to get the remaining players home with a double of her own before the end of the inning.

The Woods Cross rally seemed to wake Weber from its hitting coma. First up to bat in the third, Hannah Carlton took a full count before smashing a shot over the left-field fence. Woods Cross pitcher Hanalee Robinson was able to get out the next two batters, but started to throw wild, hitting sophomore Johnni Arbon and walking two of the next three. The result was a 5-4 deficit for the Wildcats to end the third.

After that, Weber simply had to hold its lead and let Bull do the rest. The Wildcats had no answer for her high heat, often caught swinging as the spinning ball curled up.

Wade felt her team lacked energy from the start, but feels it's nothing she can't fix.

"A win is a win," Wade said. "We didn't come out our best, but we had some good things from individual players."

Sophomore catcher Haylee Chugg led the Warriors, going 2-2 with an RBI, while sophomore Haleigh Mortensen added her first triple of the year.

For Woods Cross, Daphne Robinson went 2-3 with a double and was the only player to get a hit off Bull.

Weber will face rival Bonneville next week before beginning region play against Layton on April 11.