When Juan Diego hosted Uintah on Friday afternoon in a game to decide the Region 10 title, all that separated the two teams was a single game but when the dust settled, it sure seemed like the two teams were miles apart.
Uintah clinched the outright region title with a convincing 17-4 win in five innings.
The Utes pounded out 17 hits and used a complete-game four-hit performance from Summer Stensgard to make a statement heading into the state tournament that they are 3A title contenders.
"It’s always a relief to score first. When we scored a couple runs in the first inning I was a little less nervous. Once we started hitting like we did I was pretty confident and so were they," said Uintah coach Jamey Smuin. "Juan Diego has a great program and they have great coaches. It’s very exciting to win region. We’ve had a couple goals like every other team and that’s to win region and state. We’ve been prepared. These guys have worked hard. We have a lot of great leaders on the team so this has been nice."
Uintah struck for three runs in the first inning and added five more in the second to set the tone for the game.
Stensgard kept it going in the fourth when she led off the inning with a home run. Kylie Smuin singled in a run and two more runs scored off a wild pitch and a Juan Diego error that gave Uintah a 12-0 lead.
Juan Diego tried to keep the game close. The Soaring Eagle answered with two runs in the bottom of the inning. Melanie Mecham singled in one of the two runs but just in case Juan Diego had any thoughts of a comeback, Uintah tacked on five more runs in the fifth.
With runners on first and second, Jaden Lance fouled off a bunt attempt. Instead of trying to bunt again, Lance swung away and ended up clearing the bases with a three-run homer.
It was that kind of day for Uintah, which improved to 8-0 in region play.
Lance was 4-for-4 with a double, a home run and 3 RBIs for the Utes. Stensgard went 3-for-4 and Cundell was 2-for-3 with a double.
Bellio Sedillo doubled in a run for Juan Diego, which fell to 6-2.
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