HEBER CITY — Snow Canyon had the perfect start it needed.

The Warriors, the fourth seed from Region 9, jumped out to an early 3-0 lead against top-ranked Wasatch from Region 10 at Wasatch High Saturday morning.

Then, quicker than goose bumps, the start was for not. With the bases juiced in the bottom of the first, Wasatch's Emily Phillips unloaded on a pitch left in the zone and sent it soaring towards the parking lot to suddenly give the Wasps the one-run lead.

Pitcher Brytni Gurney, however, wasn't fazed. And neither was Snow Canyon. "It was a motivator," said the junior Warriors' pitcher after allowing the grand slam.

Steadily and consistently from that point forward Snow Canyon delivered from the plate en route to the impressive, 13-6, first-round upset.

With the win, Snow Canyon (15-7) earned a date with Grantsville (15-8) on Thursday, May 17 at the Valley Complex. The Cowboys, the third-place team from Region 11, advanced after completing the upset of Payson later Saturday afternoon.

In the second inning, now trailing 4-3, the Warriors went back to work. Gurney, who improved to 9-6 in the circle, attributed the ability to remain confident after sustaining the substantial blow to the team motto, "It's not about me, it's not about you — it's about the team."

Brooke Riley started the retaliation with a leadoff double. Two batters later, Kadie Mitchell slapped an RBI two-bagger to even things at 4-apiece.

Gurney followed suit with a hotshot to third, beating out the throw to first, to recapture the 5-4 lead. Not to be outdone, Autumn Shipp launched a two-run RBI double to center field shortly thereafter to give the Warriors the three-run lead.

The margin, which Wasatch already had overcome once, was hardly comforting. The Wasps, behind seven different players, had accumulated 33 homers and 250 runs throughout the season — the second highest in the 3A classification.

Therefore, when Wasatch's Maddie Chadwick ripped an RBI single in the bottom half of the inning it was plausible for the quick comeback. But that would be the last success against Gurney.

The junior pitcher dominantly tossed four scoreless innings to ensure the upset.

With the score resting at 9-5 in the fifth inning after Mitchell added another RBI single and a passed ball run, Snow Canyon put the cherry on the sundae.

And who else other than Gurney?

Deep into the count, Gurney caught the pitch she wanted and dropped a three-run bomb past the center-field fence to end all hopes of a Wasatch rally.

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