The Lady Badgers lose the first game of the tournament

The Snow College Lady Badgers entered the Scenic West Conference softball tournament last week, losing their opener to the College of Southern Nevada, 6-11, and falling into the elimination bracket.

On Thursday morning, the Badgers played Utah State University-Eastern, with whom they tied the season series 4-4.

Snow started hot and led 7-3 after three ends. The Eagles fought back, tying the score at 7 after six innings. In the top of the seventh inning, Snow added four runs on a home run from MaKenzie Evans and doubles from Bailey Theuer, Kaylee Lyman and Stormie Gee. The Snow defense held USU-E to one hit and one left on base in the bottom of the seventh to win, 11-7.

Thursday afternoon brought a rematch against the CSN. The game was close throughout the regulation innings, with the lead changing four times and being tied at five after seven innings. Snow added a run in the top of the seventh to take a 6-5 lead. CSN added a run late in the inning to tie the game again and send it to extra innings.

With two outs, the Badgers offense came to life. Theuer doubled to center field, scoring Shumway and Evans, to make it 9-6. Katie Gibbs picked left field and advanced Theuer to third base. Gee was next and reached second on an error. Theuer and Gibbs scored on the play, making it 11-6.

Mady Lackey reached second on another CSN error, and Hoggan added a single, Shumway and Evans walked, Hadley and Lyman doubled, and Gibbs and Theuer singled. The top of the inning ended after a Stormie Gee flew to left field, but the damage was done: the Badgers had scored 13 runs in the top of the eighth inning and held the lead. Hoggan allowed only one hit in the bottom of the eighth, and the Badgers won the game 19-6.

The Lady Badgers lost to Salt Lake Community College in the semifinals, 2-10. The Bruins scored 6 runs in the first inning, and a Bailey Theuer homer and hits from Shumway and Gibbs weren’t enough to close the deficit. The Badgers l 10-2, ending the 2022 season.

Both Hoggan and Evans have been named to the 2022 SWAC All-Tournament Team.

The top 25 player batting averages for the 2022 season included Hoggan (#17, .391), Evans (#21, .377), Shumway (#24, .367), and Staylee Hadley (#12, .414).

Kynlee Hoggan was named to the All-Conference 1st Team, and Staylee Hadley, Kenzie Evans and Jaci Shumway were named to the 2nd Team. Dashani Purcell and Sage Bowers received honorable mentions.

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