Sandy • A wrist injury to Alta's Brooke VanderHeide turned an anticipated matchup of two state title contenders into little more than a high-stakes scrimmage Thursday.
VanderHeide (19-1, 1.63 ERA), a BYU commit who threw all but 7 1/3 innings for the Hawks in the regular season, developed tendinitis after throwing nine innings Tuesday, and was unable to pitch.
Maple Mountain capitalized on the misfortune and blew out the host Hawks, 19-1, to remain in the winners' bracket of the Class 4A state playoffs.
"I feel like we just came and no matter who we saw, whoever they throw, we're just going to hit," Maple Mountain shortstop Sydnie Wilson said. "We didn't let it get into our heads whether she was hurt or not. We had fun and relaxed."