Young MHS Softball team excited for home gamesApr 14, 2023 09:12AM ● By Liisa London Mecham
The Morgan HIgh Softball team is currently 2-2 and looking to improve their record now that their field is finally clear. Photos by Taylin Sanders
The Morgan High softball team is looking forward to warmer weather and the chance to get in more games. After three games at their tournament in St. George and an away game at Murray, the Lady Trojans finally hosted their first home game of the season Tuesday, April 11 against Grantsville. With a 2-2 record going into the Grantsville game, the young team is looking for playing time and games that have thus far eluded them due to the wintery weather.
Seniors Tess Polad and Elena Birkeland lead the young team of 12 players. Sophomores Lexi Hardman, Eva Birkeland, Stacey George, Kaiya Peterson, Callie Averett, Kasen Ervin, Taylin Sanders and Kierney Carter all represent the Class of 2025. Freshmen Joesi Kelly and Eli Krause round out the dozen players that make up the varsity and JV teams.
Morgan is coached by Billy Peterson who is assisted by Boby Kelly, Matt Hardman and Hailey Roberts.
In their most recent game March 29, the Trojans took on the Spartans of Murray High and came away with an 11-8 win. Morgan got on the board first with a run in the first and had a huge second inning with six runs. After a scoreless third, the Trojans increased their lead to 8-0 before the Spartans answered with five runs in the bottom of fourth and a run in the fifth to come within two at 8-6. Both teams were scoreless in the sixth inning before Morgan added three more runs in the seventh inning to go up 11-6. Murray added two more runs in the bottom of the seventh, but they couldn’t catch the Trojans.
Kelly hit a home run and double in the game and had six RBIs. Peterson added two RBIs while Elena Birekland and Polad each added one. Polad and Kelly led the team with four hits each, Peterson and Ervin both had two, and Geroge, Elena Birkeland and Averett each added one.
In the field, Hardman and Ervin combined for a double play, and Elena Birkeland tallied nine put outs and George four.
Eva Birkeland and Averett split duties on the mound in the victory.
At their St. George tournament March 10-11, the Lady Trojans opened with a loss against 6A Pleasant Grove, but they rebounded that afternoon to topple 5A Skyline 20-5. In the evening game against 6A Cyprus, Morgan was tied 6-6 after two innings and went up 12-10 with a six run inning in the third. In the top of the fourth, they added two more, but it wasn’t enough in the weather-shortened game as Cyprus hit in five to win 15-14. All Saturday games at the tournament were canceled due to rain. λ