As the third-place team from Region 10, the Salem Hills baseball team knew it faced a tough path in the 4A state baseball tournament. Their first two games would be on the road in St. George against higher seeded opponents.
But that didn't phase the Skyhawks or pitcher Kade Hancock. The senior stepped in the second game against No. 1-seed Dixie (the hosts) and blanked the flyers as Salem Hills got the 5-0 win.
Hancock held Dixie to just three hits, allowing the Skyhawks to stay in the winners bracket along with Region 10 teams from Lehi and Spanish Fork. Hancock has had a great year, going 8-1 and putting Salem Hills in position to go for the 4A title.
After a tough battle that resulted in a 4-2 loss to a good Mountain Crest team in the first round of the 4A state softball tournament, the Pioneers found themselves with their backs against the wall.
But senior pitcher Lexi Butterfield came up big for Lehi in the second round game, helping the Pioneers stay alive in the double-elimination tournament with a 13-3 win over Park City. Not only did she get the win in the circle but she also helped her own cause by hitting a home run.
Butterfield is hitting .386 on the season with 24 RBI and six home runs, while also doing the bulk of the pitching (including tallying 83 strikeouts this year). Lehi will be relying on big things from Butterfield as it looks to make a run through the 4A elimination bracket.