By Tom Zulewski
Iron County Today
After running roughshod through the competition at the Utah All-Star Tournament, Cedar National found itself with a completely different challenge in its opening game of the Little League West Regional softball tournament at San Bernardino, Calif.
Challenge accepted and test passed with flying colors.
Despite falling behind early, Cedar National rallied with three runs in the fourth inning and three more in the fifth to beat Oakley, Calif., 6-3 in the first game of pool play July 22. Pitcher Payton Lister went the distance in the circle, while Harley Nicoll and Sidney Webster drove in two runs apiece in the victory.
“We were a little timid and scared, a little nervous,” Wheelwright said.
Kendra Whitehair led off the fourth with a triple and scored on a throwing error to start the initial rally. Kamryn Allen and Payton Lister added singles, and Webster doubled to tie the score and put all the momentum in Cedar National’s corner.
“That inning changed everything for us the rest of the game,” Wheelwright said.
Oakley had scored twice in the first inning and added one in the top of the fourth before Cedar National started its comeback.
For its second game of pool play, Cedar National faced a team from Juneau, Alaska, on Monday that was too late for press deadline. A full recap will be available in the Aug. 2 edition and online at ironcountytoday.com.