ST. GEORGE – As Anthony Bauman trotted off the perfectly groomed Flyers Field at the end of the first half-inning, he had one thing in mind. He had to convince his coach to let him keep pitching.
Bauman, who gave up two runs in that first inning, won his coach over and then proceeded to be nearly untouchable the rest of the game in Dixie’s 6-2 victory over Pine View Friday night.
“Coach was kind of upset with me,” Bauman said. “I just came in and told him, ‘Don’t take me out. This is my game. I got it. I’ll get it figured out by the second inning.’”
Dixie coach Danny Ipson said there was some indecision early in the game, but ultimately he’s glad he stuck with the senior right-hander.
“We had come into that inning very concerned as far as what we were going to get from Anthony,” Ipson said. “I decided to say it’s early, let’s go through it one more inning. But he got stronger as we went along and it’s very good for that young man to have a great outing like he did today.”
The game started bizarrely enough for Bauman and the Flyers as the first two Pine View hitters reached base on a batter-balk call against Bauman and then a walk. Dylan Draper and Tristan Duran were awarded those bases and then moved over on a fielder’s choice by Parker Leavitt. Draper then scored on a wild pitch and Duran made it 2-0 by jogging home on an RBI single by Dakota Donovan.
After that, it would prove to be a frustrating day at the plate for the Panthers against Bauman. He allowed just one more hit in the game and kept Pine View from even advancing a runner to second base after the first inning.
Of course, with the rough start, the Flyers had some catching up to do. They managed to tie it in the bottom of the third off of Donovan. Gavin Graff and Bauman both drew walks to start the rally. A Drew Batchelor fielder’s choice put runners on first and third with one out and Batchelor stole second. Then with two outs, Braxton Ipson stroked a liner to left field that scored both runners and tied the game at 2-2.
The Flyers rallied again in the fifth. Batchelor drew a one-out walk and stole second (his third steal of the game). Tyler Strehlow then reached on a Texas-Leaguer. An overthrow after the hit sent Batchelor all the way home and made it 3-2.
Ipson followed with his second hit and third RBI of the game to make it 4-2. After a Jesse Lambert walk and a hit batsmen, Trevor Cox stepped up and knocked a 3-1 pitch into left field to score two more runs and put Dixie ahead 6-2.
That was more than enough cushion for Bauman, who got his third win of the season. Batchelor, who batted lead-off for the first time this season, had a fantastic game. He reached base in three of his four at-bats and stole three bases. He also scored twice.
“I’m just starting to see the ball well now,” Batchelor said. “Three for four on base, three stolen bags … I’m just starting to pick up the game.”
The Flyers, 14-6 overall and 5-4 in region play, have just three games left in the regular season. Right now Dixie is in third place, a half-game ahead of Canyon View and a game and a half ahead of Cedar. The Redmen visit Dixie next Friday for a 5 p.m. battle with playoff ramifications.
“We just gotta take it one game at a time,” Strehlow said. “I’m not too worried about it.”
Pine View, 6-10 and 2-7, will likely miss the playoffs, though the Panthers are not yet mathematically eliminated. PV hosts Desert Hills Tuesday night.
Snow Canyon 15, Hurricane 0
Somebody made the Warriors mad. Since their 5-4 extra-inning loss to Desert Hills on Apr. 2, Snow Canyon has outscored four opponents by a combined total of 50-0. That’s not a misprint. SC beat Dixie 10-0, drubbed Pine View 15-0, pounded Canyon View 10-0 and Friday night blasted Hurricane 15-0.
Chandler Day got his second win of the season on the mound and the Warriors pounded out 14 hits, including five doubles. Clint Gates had two of the two-baggers and Day, Riley Gates and Brady Sargent all doubled as well.
SC, which scored eight in the second inning, one in the third and six more in the fifth, beat the last-place Tigers 16-0 earlier this season. The Warriors, 13-5 overall and 7-2 in region, have allowed just eight runs in nine region games this season. Snow Canyon still trails Desert Hills by one and a half games. The Warriors play at Cedar Tuesday and then go to Desert Hills for a huge match-up Friday night.
Hurricane, 6-12 and 1-8, plays at Canyon View Tuesday night. The Falcons are the lone victim of the Tigers this season in region play.
Canyon View 10, Cedar 9
It was a strange game in Iron County Friday afternoon, with the Falcons opening up an 8-2 lead with three runs in the second and five in the fourth. But Cedar bounced back with four in the sixth and two in the seventh to force extra innings.
The Redmen scored again in the top of the eighth to take their first lead at 9-8, but committed a pair of errors in the bottom of the inning to open the door for the Canyon View win.
The Falcons, 9-7 overall and 4-4 in region play, snapped a three-game losing streak with the see-saw win. Jesse Johnson doubled twice for Canyon View, which plays at home against Hurricane Tuesday. The Tigers beat the Falcons earlier this season.
Cedar, 9-9 and 3-5, is currently in fifth place, a game behind the Falcons and a game and a half behind Dixie. The Redmen play at home vs. Snow Canyon Tuesday before a visit to Dixie.
Videocast by Sarafina Amodt, St. George News
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