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Bluffdale Pitcher Makes Impact In Southern Idaho

May 05, 2016 03:54PM ● By Greg James

By Greg James | [email protected]

South Valley - Riverton graduate and current College of Southern Idaho pitching sensation CheyAnne Dahl has captured notice around the county. Her success this season has landed her as pitcher of the week not just once but twice.

“This season has gone very well. It is nice to get some awards and get noticed for what has been going on. It shows that I have been working hard,” Dahl said.

The sophomore left-hander won two games March 11-12 against Colorado Northwestern. In those games she did not give up an earned run. She only allowed five hits and had 11 strikeouts. For her efforts she was named Scenic West and National Junior College Athletic Associations pitcher of the week.

Dahl was not finished yet she continued her terror of conference opponents, March 25-26. She posted two wins and only allowed nine hits and one earned run in the Golden Eagles victories over Southern Nevada. Her performance helped her claim her second SWAC pitcher of the week award. The Golden Eagles had also scored their 12th straight victory.

“CheyAnne has been an important part of our team. She has been a vital part of our pitching staff as well as a sophomore leader for the younger girls on the team,” College of Southern Idaho head softball coach Nick Baumert said. 

The Golden Eagles started this season dropping six of the first 11 games, but in conference play they have turned things around. At press time they stand in second place in the SWAC with a 21-7 conference record.

“I think in the beginning of the season we struggled because we are so young. We have quite a few freshman in fact our entire infield is full of freshman. The experience took a little while to get together,” Dahl said.

After the slow the start Dahl and her teammates started to get things together. Feb. 20 against tenth ranked Odessa College She pitched six innings had two strikeouts in a 7-5 victory. The Golden Eagles continued to roll and won 12 games in a row. 

Dahl leads the Golden Eagles with a 13-5 record, 95 strikeouts and a 2.68 earned run average.

In their sweep of Colorado Northwestern April 15-16 Dahl continued to impress. In the series opener she came in relief and shut down the Spartans allowing only three hits while she struck out six. When she entered the game in the third inning the Golden Eagles trailed 7-4, but with her lockdown performance they were able to rally and capture a 12-7 victory.

The other game of the series she struck 10 batters in a five inning 10-2 rout. 

“From high school to college it is not much different. Being out on my own and responsible for myself. Not much difference in the game though. I loved Riverton and have so many friends there. I have grown to love this sport and I am glad I get to keep playing it,” Dahl said.

Dahl graduated from Riverton High School in 2014. She transferred from Summit Academy in Bluffdale for her senior season. The Silverwolves finished 16-9 that season and won two games in the state tournament before being eliminated by Taylorsville.