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Bramwell strikes out 11 as Timpanogos tops Pleasant Grove

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Timpanogos pitcher Ali Bramwell racked up 10 strikeouts in Tuesday's 3-2 win over Pleasant Grove.

Timpanogos pitcher Ali Bramwell racked up 10 strikeouts in Tuesday’s 3-2 win over Pleasant Grove.

Stuart Johnson, Deseret Morning News

PLEASANT GROVE — After pitcher Ali Bramwell dominated with 10 of her 11 strikeouts in the first five innings, Timpanogos held on for a 3-2 victory over Pleasant Grove — giving the Timberwolves their first Region 7 victory.

"Even when Ali's off she's still good," Timpanogos coach Randy Richins said. "She wasn't hitting her spots, I didn't feel like. She was pitching from behind a lot more in the count today, but I'll take 11 strikeouts any time."

Bramwell struck out the side in the third and again in the fifth, though she did give up the Vikings' first run that inning before recording the final out. "Ali was good enough to hold on. Even when it's not her best game, I like our chances."

The Timpanogos bats got going in the second inning, aiding Bramwell in her quest for victory. Catcher Bev Pead hit a line drive single up the middle to start off the inning and went to second on a wild pitch. Jennifer Harris then followed up with a walk, and Liz Thompsen moved the runners to second and third when she laid down the sacrifice bunt. The first Timpanogos run crossed the plate when Maddie Thomas beat out the throw for her first of two singles on the night, and another wild pitch sent her to second. Then freshman third baseman Tajia Law stood at the plate with one out and singled in two runs, recording the game-winning RBI and giving Timpanogos the 3-0 lead.

The Timpanogos bats then went cold, and they only recorded three more hits the rest of the way. "We got complacent with the bats," said Richins, noting his team cooled off after taking the lead. "But we stayed focused enough to be able to get the win."

The Vikings heated up in the fifth inning as Marti Francom singled to right field for the first Pleasant Grove hit of the game, ruining the no-hitter Bramwell had going through four. The next two batters struck out before Meagan Merrill singled to center field and a Timpanogos error scored Francom from first. Bramwell then finished them off with her tenth strikeout.

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A triple by shortstop Allyce Wilson to deep left center to lead off the sixth gave the Vikings renewed hope, and an Alisa Sampson ground out to the pitcher scored their second run of the game, bringing Pleasant Grove to within one with two outs, but they couldn't get anything going the rest of the way.

"Last year here we let it slip away, and we were not about to let that happen again," added Richins. "We've told the kids all along that every team in region is gonna be tough."

In other prep softball games Tuesday:

REGION 6

SPANISH FORK 13, TIMPVIEW 0:Bridgett Miller threw a perfect game for Spanish Fork in its win over Timpview. Miller recorded 13 strikeouts over five innings. Outstanding defensive plays by Teresa Barney and Lorin Thurgood helped to preserve the perfect game.

SPRINGVILLE 7, PROVO 0: Springville and Provo played five scoreless innings until the sixth when Springville's bats woke up. Laura Penrod earned the shutout and had a triple for Springville.

REGION 7

TIMPANOGOS 3, PLEASANT GROVE 2:Alli Bramwell pitched a complete game for Timpanogas by striking out 11. Meagan Merrell had a double while Allyce Wilson added a triple to lead the Timpanogos offense.

REGION 9

CANYON VIEW 14, HURRICANE 1:Shelise Millett and Rachel Gentry both went 3-for-4 as Canyon View raced past Hurricane.

SNOW CANYON 10, DIXIE 0:Nikki Norton tossed a one-hitter and struck out 11 as the Warriors beat the Flyers.

CEDAR 2, PINE VIEW 1:Carli Jensen had, what turned out to be, the winning RBI in the bottom of the fourth inning. Whitney Larson had eight strikeouts allowing just one run for Ceder.

REGION 10

UNION 7, WASATCH 6: Union withstood a late-inning rally to beat the Wasps in Region 10. Britaney Swainston had eight strikeouts in the loss.