Payson pitcher Cara Ross doesn't blow you away with her speed. She doesn't baffle you with a drop ball that looks like a strike when you swing before dropping into the dirt.
But what Payson's ace does have is just enough control to keep other teams off balance.West coach Vardell Reese called her effectively wild. "I mean that as a compliment. You just never know where her next pitch is going to go."
When Payson hosted West in Thursday's 4A interregion playoff game, Ross kept the Panthers guessing wrong up and down the order.
Ross allowed just three hits as Payson edged West 2-0.
"I'm usually really nervous when I first start pitching, but for some reason I wasn't today," said Ross, who's the only senior on the team. "I just came out pitching really hard."
The Lions scored what proved to be the winning run in the third inning when Ross singled and scored on a triple from Marvin.
The only other run the Lions could manage came in the sixth inning when Amanda Scott reached first on an infield single. She was bunted to second and went to third when the Panther's tried to pick her off second.
Scott then scored when the wind played tricks with an infield pop up.
"In a game like this whoever makes the most mistakes loses, and we made too many mistakes," Reese added.
In other 4A action:
Box Elder 10, Olympus 0: Natalie Neff went 3-for-3 and scored twice for the Bees as they blanked the Titans. Taryn Nichols had two hits and scored three times for Box Elder.
Judge 9, Springville 5: The Bulldogs used a four-run fourth inning to help them upset the Red Devils. Judge collected three doubles in the victory.
Ogden 2, Murray 1: The Tigers continued their great play of late by upsetting the fourth-ranked Spartans. Ogden racked up eight hits, while allowing just three for Murray.
Tooele 4, Mountain Crest 2: Brenda Butler allowed just one hit while striking out eight Mustang batters in a victory for the Buffaloes.
Bear River 3, Spanish Fork 2: Buffy Chournos collected three hits and Geri Anderson struck out two batters to stop a sixth inning rally that gave the Bears a tough home win over the Dons.
Sky View 6, Cyprus 2: Kara Tarbet and Stacee Folsom each hit doubles for the Bobcats as they capitalized on four Pirate errors to grab the victory.
Pleasant Grove 4, Woods Cross 0: Joy Stevens had seven strikeouts and gave up just three hits for the second-ranked Vikings as they blanked the Wildcats.
CLASS 3A TOURNAMENT
At Cedar City
Emery 5, Uintah 0: The Spartans scored five runs in the final two innings to shock the top-ranked Utes. Mary Brinkerhoff pitched the complete game shutout for Emery.
Richfield 2, Dixie 1: A pitchers' duel saw the Wildcats score a run in the bottom of the sixth inning to secure a victory over the Flyers. Lindy Moss gave up just two hits for Richfield.
North Sanpete 14, Hurricane 2: The second-ranked Hawks scored 10 runs in the first inning and never looked back in a victory over the Tigers.
Union 4, Snow Canyon 3: The Cougars scored three times in the seventh inning for a 4-0 lead and then hung on to defeat the Warriors. Jenny Werry hit a home run for Union.
CLASS 2A TOURNAMENT
Manti 15, Grand 14: The top-ranked Templars had their hands full before finally outlasting the Red Devils with a run in the bottom of the seventh inning. Tristan Wilson slammed two homers in the loss for Grand.
Grantsville 13, Beaver 4: Nine errors proved costly to the host Beavers. The Cowboys advanced handily after four-run outbursts in the third and sixth innings.
Morgan 10, San Juan 8: The Trojans pulled off the big road victory by stunning the Region 13 champion Broncos.
Monticello 14, Juab 0: Krista Coleman drove in six runs and Carley Garner struck out 10 batters and gave up one hit as the Buckaroos shocked the Wasps.