Baseball roundup: Hurdsman, Thunder walk off with 1-0 win and 1st place

Cedar at Desert Hills, St. George, Utah, Apr.1, 2014 | Photo by Robert Hoppie, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — It was a scoreless tie with first-place on the line and two dynamic pitchers dominating the game in the bottom of the seventh inning. None of that mattered to sophomore Brayson Hurdsman.

Desert-Hills-smcedar-sm“None of those things entered my mind,” he said, moments after he delivered the game-winning hit that propelled the Desert Hills Thunder past Cedar 1-0 Tuesday night at Thunder Field. “I was just concentrating on the pitch, on getting a hit.”

Hurdsman ripped a double to the gap in left-center field that scored Wyatt Bendall all the way from first and, at long last, brought home the only run of the game.

“That at-bat was as good as it gets,” DH coach Jerry Beck said. “What a game. It was an old-fashioned pitcher’s battle. Credit to Cedar and Kayden Lunt. He pitched a heck of a game. He kept our guys off-balance and he was able to throw his breaking stuff for strikes. We had several chances to score, but couldn’t get that one key hit off of him until the end.”

Brayson Hurdsman, Cedar at Desert Hills, St. George, Utah, Apr.1, 2014 | Photo by Robert Hoppie, St. George News
Brayson Hurdsman, Cedar at Desert Hills, St. George, Utah, Apr.1, 2014 | Photo by Robert Hoppie, St. George News

Desert Hills pitchers Baden Powell and Dylan File were phenomenal as well. Powell started the game and went four and two-thirds innings, allowing just two hits while never allowing a Cedar base runner past second base. File came in with runners on first and second in the top of the fifth and struck out a Cedar batter to retire the side, then mowed down the next six Redmen batters to set up Hurdsman’s heroics in the bottom of the seventh.

“File can be pretty dominant when he gets his slider going,” Beck said. “Baden’s one weak spot has been the first inning. But he came out today ready to go and pitched very well.”

The Thunder knew it would take a pitching gem against Lunt, who entered the game 5-0, having just beaten Canyon View ace Zack Brinkerhoff 2-0 last Tuesday. But Powell was in control throughout, not giving up a hit until the third inning and only allowing a total of four Cedar base runners. File then came in and threw just one ball out of the strike zone against seven batters.

As for Hurdsman, who has already thrown a no hitter and a complete-game shutout, his walk-off double was his first varsity hit. Not bad for a young man who had a cast on his hand until a couple of weeks ago.

“It was a pretty sweet moment,” he said. “I didn’t see Wyatt score, but I could tell that he had when everyone came running out. That was my first dogpile. It was a cool experience.”

Desert Hills, 11-2 overall and 3-0 in region, now owns first place in Region 9 all by itself. However, the two teams will square off again Friday afternoon at Cedar High.

The Redmen, 12-2 and 2-1, had just two hits, both by catcher Dallas Jolley.

Stats: ceddh4114

Snow Canyon 15, Hurricane 0

snow-canyon-smhurricane-smBrady Sargent had seven RBIs, including a grand slam home run, as the Warriors sprinted past the Tigers for their second straight win.

SC (8-6 overall) has scored 29 runs the past two games and has pulled its record to 2-3 in region after a rough start. Jake Sargent got the win, allowing just one hit in five innings for the home-standing Warriors, who did not commit an error.

Tyler Wardell also homered and Chance Thorkelson tripled for Snow Canyon, which plays at Hurricane on Friday. The Tigers are 6-8 overall and 0-5 in region.

Canyon View 9, Pine View 2

canyon-view-smPine-view-smThe Falcons improved to 3-2 in region with the dominant win.

Ryan Jensen hit a solo home run in the second inning to open the scoring, then the Falcons struck for four runs in the third to forge a 5-0 lead. Pine View got two back in the bottom of the third after hits from Dylan Draper, Ty Johnston and Micah Morgan, but the Falcons dominated the rest of the game.

Keaton Kringlen scored three times and Payton Higgins had a triple in the game for CV in the game that was moved to St. George due to weather and field concerns in Cedar City. The Falcons, 9-5 overall, will host Pine View Friday afternoon at 4 p.m.

The Panthers 8-6 and 3-2, got two hits each from Morgan, Draper and Johnston. Brinkerhoff got the win on the mound and Dakota Donovan took the loss.

Stats: cvpv4114

Region 9
Desert Hills 3 0 16 5 1.000 11 2 95 18 .846
Pine View 3 2 36 30 .600 8 6 98 74 .571
Canyon View 3 2 32 18 .600 9 5 91 63 .643
Cedar 2 1 10 1 .667 12 2 108 24 .857
Dixie 2 2 34 21 .500 7 5 84 60 .583
Snow Canyon 2 3 37 41 .400 8 6 108 98 .571
Hurricane 0 5 11 60 .000 6 8 89 138 .429

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