Cedar American pushes for victory in Junior League West Regional

By Tom Zulewski

Iron County Today

The weather wasn’t always kind to Cedar American at the Junior League West Regional in Tucson, Ariz. Even after two days of rainouts that altered the schedule, the team put itself on the edge of having another chance at playing for a championship.

Denim Henkel doubled, homered and drove in three runs, and Cedar American broke the game open with a five-run fifth inning on the way to a 9-4 win over Apache Junction, Ariz. on July 23.

The game was the second one to be postponed due to rainy weather in the Tucson area.

Cedar American scored twice in the top of the first, but Apache Junction scored once in the second inning. They would counter that run with one in the third before putting its game-breaking rally together that Henkel finished off with a solo home run in the sixth for a 9-1 lead. Apache Junction scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth, but Japrix Weaver – who went the distance in the circle – left two runners stranded in the seventh to wrap up the victory.

Weaver and Kaydee Anderson added two hits to Cedar American’s 12-hit attack, and Kelsi Oldroyd and Laynee Anzalone drove in two runs apiece.

After the opening day was rained out July 20, Cedar American opened the regional a day later with a 7-1 win over Burbank, Calif., behind the pitching of Japrix Weaver, who allowed only four hits and struck out five.

Burbank scored its run in the top of the third inning to tie the score at 1-1, but Cedar American wasted no time, answering with three runs in the bottom half before going on to the victory. Henkel had three hits and drove in two runs for Cedar American.

In its second game of the day, Cedar American couldn’t overcome a 5-0 deficit and fell 7-4 to Nunaka Valley, Alaska. Cedar American scored all of its runs in the top of the sixth inning, but Nunaka Valley responded with two big insurance runs in its half to secure the win.

Henkel and Weaver had two hits apiece for Cedar American, and Oldroyd drove in two runs.

The West Regional continued Monday with a game that was too late for press deadline, and the title game is scheduled for today at 6 p.m. A full recap from the remaining games of the regional for Cedar American can be found in the Aug. 2 edition and online at ironcountytoday.com.

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