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Mustang Softball On Top Of Region Four

May 08, 2015 10:37PM ● By Greg James

The Mustangs played in The Tournament of Champions in Laughlin, Nev. March 12-14. They went 4-2 against teams from Arizona and Nevada.

An electrician should be stationed at Herriman High School softball games to repair the scoreboard. They are going to burn it up by scoring so many runs.

“I am excited about our season. The girls are getting along very well and meshing together. I think we can be contenders for state. I hope we can keep it going. It is fun to watch everyone contributing,” head coach Heidi McKissick said.

The Mustangs have averaged 11.5 runs per game. They have a team batting average of .461 and are led by junior Lauren Tycksen hitting .600 with 39 hits in 65 at bats. Bryce Taylor is hitting .556 and has three homeruns.

“Bryce is pitching well and we have to find ways to get her bat in the lineup. Our sister combination (April and Ashlyn Visser) are doing well too. They bring so much leadership to our team. Ashlyn is our vocal leader and April is quiet and leads by example,” McKissick said.

Ashlyn is a junior and April is a freshman. They have combined for 50 hits and each has a homerun.

The pitching staff has been anchored by Taylor and senior Allie Lloyd. Taylor is 10-2 record and Lloyd is 6-1. They have 51 strikeouts in 93 innings between them. 

The Mustangs are undefeated in Region Four. Their toughest games have been against Riverton,

On April 9 they came from behind to defeat the Silverwolves 4-2. Ashlyn Visser drove in the winning run in the sixth. On April 21 they again found themselves trailing 13-9 going into the seventh inning. They plated seven runs in the final frame to secure a 16-13 victory. Sophomore Mikaela Thomson had three hits in four at bats including a homerun.

The Mustangs have a 17-4 overall record. They have only lost two games to teams from Utah; 9-6 to Grantsville and 2-1 to Copper Hills.

“It is fun to watch everyone contribute. We are not relying on just one player,” McKissick said.

The Mustangs have clinched the Region Four title and will likely host Viewmont or Layton in the first round of the state softball tournament scheduled to begin Tuesday, May 12.