TAYLORSVILLE – It was win or go home for the Mountain Crest softball team on Wednesday.
Unfortunately for the Mustangs, the ball bounced Bonneville’s way as the Lakers eliminated Mountain Crest with a 5-3 victory in nine innings.
After battling back from a 3-0 deficit in the bottom of the seventh behind hits from Jordan Smith, Jori Hansen and McKenzie Anderson, the Mustangs had a pair of controversial calls go against them in extra innings.
With a Bonneville runner on second with two outs in the eighth, Mustang shortstop Perri Eck went to make a play on a groundball, resulting in a collision.
Mustang head coach Mike Anderson appealed for interference, but unfortunately for Mountain Crest, the umpire didn’t call interference, both runners were safe on the play.
To make matters worse for the designated home team, Anderson was ejected from the game on his way back to the dugout after words were exchanged with the umpire.
The Mustangs got out of the inning without allowing any runs, but a pair of unearned runs – the third and fourth unearned runs of the game – put the Lakers ahead in the ninth.
Smith appeared to cut the deficit to one in the bottom of the inning, but the umpire called her out and for the second time in as many innings the Mustangs found themselves on the low end of a debated call.
Mountain Crest finished 18-10 overall this season, including an 11-4 record in Region 5 for a second place finish.