4A softball: Murray bats overwhelm Provo in shutout
4A softball • Composed Spartans roll through playoffs, determined to get back to title game.
Published: May 17, 2012 08:53PM
Updated: May 17, 2012 11:39PM

Murray • Speed. Power. Pitching. Confidence. Murray’s softball team appears to have it all.

Every aspect was on display Thursday in a 10-0 six-inning victory against visiting Provo in the second round of the Class 4A state playoffs.

The Spartans (21-5) pounded 13 hits — five for extra bases — and forced some of Provo’s five errors with their aggression and speed on the base paths.

“We all have a lot of confidence that we are going to go deep into the playoffs,” said Murray shortstop Lauren Bell, who scored three runs. “We’ve talked about staying loose in our games, but keeping our intensity high.”

The Spartans, runner-up in Class 5A a season ago, advance to meet Box Elder — a 7-3 winner over Salem Hills — in Tuesday’s winner’s bracket semifinal.

Murray led 2-0 after one inning and kept its poise as Provo (18-12) loaded the bases with one out in the fourth inning. Murray catcher Karly Johnson picked Hannah Madsen off of second base after a wild pitch and pitcher Nicole Durfey induced a ground ball by Abigail Maio to end the threat.

“It was great to see that we could stay composed in that situation,” Bell said. “In times past, we’ve gotten frazzled. We’ve worked on our mental aspect of the game and stayed really composed.”

Murray took advantage of three Bulldog errors in the fifth to make it 5-0 and hit two doubles and two triples to end the game by mercy rule in the sixth.

Elise Johnson and Durfey combined on the six-hit shutout. Murray has outscored its two postseason opponents 22-1.

“We’re high-rolling,” Bell said. “We all know we have a really good chance to make it to the championship game. If you don’t think you can do it, you’re not going to.”

Box Elder 7, Salem Hills 3 • Molly Horne homered for the Bees, who scored six runs in the second inning.

Roy 4, Maple Mountain 3 • The defending 5A champion Royals won as Jamie Aiken improved to 16-2.

Bountiful 12, Herriman 2 • Payton Hart went 3-for-3 with a double and two RBIs as the Braves (20-3) collected 13 hits.

Consolation bracket

Skyline 7, Woods Cross 0 • Pitcher Hailey Jensen held the Wildcats scoreless to stay alive.

Mountain Crest 9, Clearfield 6 • The Mustangs jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning and held off the Falcons’ seventh-inning rally.

Westlake 10, Cyprus 2 • Pitcher Maddie Robertson controlled from the mound and notched a triple.

Bonneville 6, Springville 1 • After a slow start, the Bonneville bats came alive in the fourth inning, and pitcher Andrea Hancock kept the Red Devils’ bats quiet.

Storylines Murray 10, Provo 0

R Lauren Bell scores three runs and Karly Johnson has two triples and two RBIs for the Spartans (21-5).

• Provo (18-12) commits five errors and manages six hits — all singles.