Syracuse softball loses extra-inning heartbreaker in 6A championship round

Thursday , May 24, 2018 - 7:01 PM

TAYLORSVILLE — Syracuse avenged its loss to Bingham in the 6A softball tournament to open play Thursday and advance out of the one-loss bracket to the championship round.

But the Titans couldn’t force a second game against Herriman despite taking a 5-4 lead into the bottom of the seventh.

Herriman used a solo homer in the seventh to even the score and a slow grounder to third with the bases loaded in the eighth to win 6-5 at Valley Softball Complex and claim the 6A softball state championship.

A Syracuse win would have forced a second game between the two teams as the tournament is double-elimination.

Syracuse outhit Herriman 10-6 and had two fewer errors — one, compared to Herriman’s three — but trailed most of the game. Herriman scored three runs in the bottom of the third to grab a 4-1 lead and held on to the lead until the top of the seventh.

The Titans finally pulled ahead in the top of the seventh after Herriman pitcher Libby Parkinson hit consecutive Syracuse batters with the bases loaded.

Parkinson made up for the mistakes with a homer to lead off the bottom of the seventh.

In the eighth inning, Syracuse had runners on first and third with one out, but a flyout turned into a double play when the runner at third tried to tag up and score but was thrown out at home.

The Titans took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second but the Mustangs responded with a run in the bottom half of the inning.

After falling behind 4-1, Syracuse scored two in the top of the fourth to pull within a run.

The Titans advanced to the championship round following a 4-3 win over Bingham, the team responsible for sending Syracuse into the one-loss bracket Tuesday.

Against Bingham, the Titans jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the second. Bingham scored one in the fifth and two in the sixth.

Syracuse defeated Bingham despite collecting just four hits.

Syracuse finishes its season with a record of 20-11.

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