Prep softball: Riverton rides seventh-inning homer past Lehi
Riverton • That Kyrae Kogianes has tremendous arm- and hand-speed is of little question. All a spectator had to do Tuesday was watch the Riverton senior whip-throw sidearm from her catcher position.
Or, better yet, see how Kogianes snapped her bat in the bottom of the seventh and sent a home run sailing over the center-field fence to give the Silverwolves a hard-earned 4-1 softball victory over Lehi.
Kogianes' three-run shot broke a deadlock in the game, but sent the Class 5A Region 4 race into a virtual three-way tie at the top with Riverton, Lehi and Bingham all with one loss each.
"Oh my gosh, she has very fast hands. I mean she's little, an itty-bitty skinny girl, and she swings a drop nine 34-inch, which is a 25-ounce bat. Most kids don't swing that in high school," said Riverton coach Emily Bateman, whose team moved to 12-2 and 3-1 on the season. "She's so quick, and her arms are really long. She's [5-foot-10] and has the wingspan of a 6-2 person or something like that."
Riverton junior Kaylee Jaussi gave Kogianes a chance to come to bat when she singled in the seventh. Jaussi then moved to second and Camree Wartman advanced to third.
With first base open and two outs, Lehi (13-4, 2-1) chose to take its chances by pitching to Kogianes.
"It did cross our mind," said Pioneers coach Whitney Thomas of the possibility of walking Kogianes. "Basically, what we'd be doing is moving from one good hitter to another. So our plan was to throw her our best stuff.
"We were expecting to come back in here and take it to them, because our bats had come alive in the last part of the game."
Indeed, the Pioneers put runners at third base against Riverton pitcher Cortney Platt in three of the final four innings.
In the sixth inning, Platt gave up an unearned run before hits from Lehi's Terra Tahbo and Rylin Roberts helped load the bases. But the Silverwolves' hurler induced a grounder back to herself to end the rally.
In the seventh, singles by Carley White and Brylee Bringhurst put runners at second and third before Platt got a flyout to right for the third out of the frame.
"This one was probably the scariest game of the season," Platt said. "I don't like those games because they are so close, but I know my team has my back."
Storylines Riverton 4, Lehi 1
R Kyrae Kogianes' home run seals the win for the Silverwolves.