Pleasant View • Davis' Cheyenne Norton faced the dugout and threw her glove into the dirt after striking out 13 Weber batters Tuesday.
Norton's Darts teammates swarmed her to celebrate the team's 3-2 dominant win over the Warriors.
Davis catcher Cheyne Moffett fought through her pain and the scrum to hug her pitcher. Moffett caught all of Norton's strikeouts, calling a crucial game that left Davis alone atop the Region 1 softball standings at 6-1.
The teams played to a standstill until the third inning. Moffett fouled a ball off of her right knee and crumbled to the ground with runners at the corners. Davis coach Mylei Zachman called time, running to Moffett.
But Moffett regrouped, stretching before limping back into the batter's box. She stared down Weber's McKenna Bull before blooping a single over third base to drive in the first run of the game.
"That was huge," Zachman said. "That's why she's our No. 3 hitter. It's clutch hitting, and she is definitely our No. 1 clutch hitter."
Even while grimacing through pain, Norton said that Moffett has been exceptional behind the plate while battling knee injuries.
"She's phenomenal even with her knees torn up through the season," Norton said. "She does everything right. It's a great feeling to see her get that hit."
Cali Reynolds added a two-run double in the inning to give the Darts a 3-0 lead.
Weber's Bull was equally effective, striking out 13. She pulled her team within a run when she belted a two-run home run in the fourth inning. But that's as close as the Warriors would get.
"She put up a hell of a fight," Norton said. "We knew that this was a big game. I am glad that everyone played up and never gave up."
Zachman believes that Norton finally has become the pitcher she knew she could develop into and is equally impressed with her leadership in the circle.
"She puts the team on her shoulders and comes through for us," Zachman said. "She's such a competitor."