More specifically, the left arm of junior pitcher Bryton Holyoak was the difference as Cedar had little trouble keeping its win streak intact.
Holyoak scattered three hits in the circle, leadoff batter Allie Meisner doubled twice, and Dream Weaver drove in two runs as Cedar cruised to a 7-1 victory over the Carbon Dinos in its 3A playoff opener Saturday at Tom Cardon Field.
While the Lady Reds won their 13th straight game, head coach Chris Weaver knew he had his hands full with the Dinos from the start.
“Everyone told us (Carbon’s) outfield wasn’t that good, but they were good. That’s a good team,” Weaver said. “We left 10 on base with 14 hits, but we’ll be OK.”
The tone was set early when Meisner and Dream Weaver hit back-to-back doubles in the bottom of the first to produce a run. Cedar would add to the lead in the second when Meisner hit an RBI double and Weaver drove her in with a single to make it a 4-0 advantage.
“When those two are on, they’re unstoppable,” Chris Weaver said of the duo.
Carbon, the No. 4 seed from Region 12, touched Holyoak for its first hit when Kinley Nelson led off the top of the fourth with a home run, but the Lady Reds got the run back in the bottom of the fifth on a sacrifice fly from Japrix Weaver.
Amanda Cardon came through with an RBI double and Japrix Weaver singled her home in the sixth for Cedar’s final runs of the day. The Dinos produced their best threat of the day when Holyoak gave up a walk and a single to load the bases with two out, but the left-hander struck out pinch-hitter Jordan West to end the game.
Cedar moves on to a quarterfinal game Thursday against Tooele at the Spanish Fork Softball Complex at 1 p.m. The Lady Buffaloes smashed five home runs and cruised to a 13-0 shutout over Logan in five innings to advance from the other opening-round game of the pod.
Tooele got a pair of three-run homers from Peyton Hammond and Jenna Gowans as part of a six-run second inning, and winning pitcher Kameron Grover kick-started a seven-run fourth with a leadoff blast of her own.
Blake Hervat added a two-run shot and Amber Lujan ripped a third three-run homer that helped the Lady Buffaloes finish off the easy win.
Carbon stayed alive from the consolation bracket by eliminating Logan with a 10-1 victory.
After falling to Cedar 7-2 in the regular-season finale May 10, the Canyon View Falcons fell in the opening round of the playoffs 9-2 to Region 9 runner-up Desert Hills in the game played at Grantsville. The Thunder put together back-to-back four-run innings to start, and pitcher Brianna St. Clair did the rest, striking out 13.
CV scored single runs in the second and fifth, but left eight runners stranded.
The Falcons rebounded in the elimination game later in the day, beating Juan Diego 11-3. They will play the loser of the Cedar-Tooele matchup at 3:15 p.m. on Thursday at Spanish Fork.
3A Softball Playoffs
At Cedar High
Cedar 7, Carbon 1
Tooele 13, Logan 0 (5)
Carbon 10, Logan 1.
Desert Hills 9, Canyon View 2
Grantsville 12, Juan Diego 2
Canyon View 11, Juan Diego 3
At Spanish Fork Softball Complex
Cedar vs. Tooele, 1 p.m.
Canyon View vs. Cedar-Tooele loser, 3:15 p.m.