TAYLORSVILLE — With the tying run on first base and two outs, Jordan pitcher Belinda Cardenas was right where she wanted to be.
"I'm pretty good under pressure," the junior said after Jordan eked out a win against Taylorsville 2-1 Thursday. In the bottom of the sixth inning, she was in that position when Taylorsville's Diana Phillips laid down a beautiful bunt where the ball spun just a few inches from home plate.
It was Cardenas' sister, Emily, Jordan's third baseman, who scooped it up and threw Phillips out at first for the inning's final out. The Beetdiggers' solid defense helped them preserve the win with several great plays as the Warriors tried to rally in the bottom of the seventh.
Jordan's coach was happy with the win but knows his team can play even better.
"We were a little complacent today," said Jordan coach Steve Hendricks. "I couldn't even get them up at practice yesterday."
Part of the problem may have been the weather. The Beetdiggers and Warriors just returned from a tournament in Nevada.
"They were playing in summer-like weather against teams that don't know what the inside of a gym looks like," Hendricks said with a shrug.
Jordan only managed three hits, the same number of hits the Warriors earned, but the Beetdigger defense was solid with just one error. Brianne Fabrizio was key offensively as she went 2 for 3, and Belinda Cardenas laid down a bunt that drove in Jordan's first run in the sixth inning.
Taylorsville coach Rich Kaelin was frustrated with his team's three errors but felt like the squad is improving every time they take the field.
"Diana did a great job today," Kaelin said of the pitcher. "We just didn't back her up. But it's early, and we're making contact at bat and improving."
He was happy with his team's defense for the first five innings, but then a rushed throw to second base went into the outfield and runners, Jordan's eventual two runs, advanced to first and second. Poor coverage led the base runners to steal third and second, and then Cardenas' bunt brought in the first run.
Taylorsville's Staci Hemmingway had the game's only double.
In other softball games Thursday:
WEBER 2, DAVIS 0:Sheri Shrock recorded 14 strikeouts and only allowed two hits as the Warriors shut out the Darts.
CLEARFIELD 2, NORTHRIDGE 1:Ceara Dille pitched a complete game shutout for Clearfield and hit a double.
BINGHAM 13, COPPER HILLS 0: Tiffany Godfrey went 2-for-3 with 3 RBIs as the Miners quickly dispatched the Grizzlies. Bingham pitcher Amber Sackett threw a no-hitter, and the Miner defense made only one error.
COTTONWOOD 5, WEST JORDAN 2:Codie Clark went two for three from the plate with three RBIs as the Colts blanked the Jaguars.
HILLCREST 7, GRANGER 5: The two teams combined for 20 hits and the Lancers committed six errors in the loss.
SPRINGVILLE 6, LONE PEAK 2: The Red Devils moved to 2-2 on six hits and two errors.
TOOELE 4, NORTH SANPETE 3: Lindsey Palmer gave up just three hits as the Buffaloes remain undefeated.
MOUNTAIN VIEW 10, PROVO 0:Mallary Gillespie went 4-for-4 with one RBI with three stolen bases and Ashley Blackley was two for three with three RBIs as the Bruins blanked the Bulldogs.
BRIGHTON 11, CYPRUS 0:Lisa Tamburrino worked a no-hitter through four and finished with a one-hit shutout.
In boys' soccer games Thursday:
NORTHRIDGE 3, CLEARFIELD 1: Northridge held a 3-0 advantage until a penalty kick for Clearfied in the final minutes.
WEBER 3, DAVIS 2 (OT):Chris Bailey scored the golden goal in the first 30 seconds of overtime to put the Warriors on top.
VIEWMONT 3, FREMONT 2 (OT): One of Alex Neve's two goals was a golden goal in the first overtime to win it for the Vikings.
CHRISTIAN HERITAGE 4, DESERET ACADEMY 1:David Roberts scored two goals as Christian Heritage improved to 3-0-0.
INTERMOUNTAIN CHRISTIAN 5, DUGWAY 2: ICS got its first win of the season decisively over Dugway.
OREM 2, PROVO 0: Gabe Fitzgerrald and Anthony Garrison scored for Provo.
MOUNTAIN CREST 2, BEAR RIVER 0
MOUNTAIN VIEW 0, SKY VIEW 0 (2OT): Defense was the name of the game at Sky View.