ST. GEORGE — It’s been said that to win the region, teams must win all their home games and capture at least half of their road games. Tuesday night, the home teams owned it as Desert Hills, Canyon View and Pine View all took care of business in friendly environs.
The pitching wasn’t perfect for any of the’ home-standing squads, but all three winners hit the ball well and the pitching was just good enough. Here’s a recap of the night’s action:
Desert Hills 6, Cedar 3
Wyatt Bendall hit a 2-run home run in the bottom of the fifth to lift the Thunder past Cedar and into the victory column Tuesday night at Thunder Field.
Bendall, who plays catcher for Desert Hills, came to the plate just moments after taking a teammate’s pitch off the top of his head. With a runner on first and two outs, D-Hills and Cedar were tied 3-3 and the Thunder needed a big play from their hard-hitting catcher.
“I kind of don’t remember a lot about it,” Bendall said. “I was a little foggy. I just remember hitting a fly ball to right field and it seemed like a routine out to me.”
Bendall’s towering fly ball had the wings to leave Thunder Field by a long ways, clearing the right field fence by at least 20 feet.
“I didn’t really know what was going on, period,” Bendall said. “He threw me a fastball and I just reacted. I wasn’t really feeling right. I believe I have a concussion.”
Chad Nelson followed Bendall’s shot with a home run of his own, pushing the Desert Hills lead to 6-3. Thunder coach Jerry Beck then turned to Braiden Irvin to relieve starter Brayson Hurdsman. Irvin got two flyouts, two groundouts and two strikeouts to set Cedar down in order in the sixth and seventh innings and earn the save.
“Wyatt’s a tough kid, no doubt,” Beck said. “He’s definitely the player of the game. He just kept grinding and he’s been a great leader for us this year. And Braiden, well he’s not going to go out there and overpower you. But he’s crafty out there. He keeps the hitters off-balance, throws strikes and we have a lot of confidence in him.”
Hurdsman pitched five innings and really only had trouble in one of them. Leading 2-0, Hurdsman hit the first two batters in the top of the fourth, then issued a walk to load the bases. The next batter hit a dribbler to first that was mishandled by the fielder, making it a 2-1 game.
After a strikeout, Cedar’s Josh Bower hit a hot shot that got through the right side for an RBI single, tying the game at 2-2. The go-ahead run then came home when Treyson Esplin walked on a 3-2 pitch, giving Cedar a 3-2 advantage on the scoreboard. Hurdsman then induced a soft line-out from hard-hitting Rykker Tom and a strikeout of Dusty Hanna to retire the side and end the rally.
The rally for the Thunder in the fifth started with two outs and no one on base. Irvin laced a double just inside the third base bag. Hurdsman followed with an RBI single to tie the game at 3-3. Then came Bendall’s dinger, followed by Nelson’s solo shot.
D-Hills led early in the game on a first-inning single by Hurdsman that scored Trey Allred and an RBI single in the third by Bendall that chased home Hunter Staley.
Hurdsman allowed just four hits and struck out 11 batters in his five innings of work. He did issue five walks.
Brecken Lewis allowed six runs in five innings for Cedar, but issued just one walk and struck out five. He also had a hit and scored a run for the Redmen. Tom had the only extra-base hit for CHS, a double. It is his 10th extra-base hit of the season.
Desert Hills, which had a bye in the first week of region play, is now 8-4 overall and 1-0 in region. The Thunder travel to Cedar for a rematch Friday at 4 p.m.
The Redmen, 9-3 overall and 1-2 in region, have lost two straight. Likely pitcher’s for Friday are Kayson Bowler for DH and Dusty Hanna for Cedar.
Pine View 13, Hurricane 3
The Panthers ended this one in five innings, racking up 17 hits, including home runs by Harrison Goebel and Conner Clark.
It was a tight game until the fourth and fifth innings. Pine View broke open a 1-1 tie with three in the fourth, then six more in the fifth. The Panthers invoked the 10-run mercy rule with three more in the sixth.
Kash Walker and Brooks Barney had three hits each in the game, which was played at Panther Field. Dakota Donovan went five innings, giving up only one unearned run and two hits. He struck out nine and did not issue a walk.
Alec Flemetakis put Hurricane ahead 1-0 in the top of the first on an RBI single after Kyle Williams had reached on an error. Pine View matched that run in the bottom of the first with Logan LaFemina singling home Ty Johnston.
It stayed 1-1 until the fourth, when Barney doubled home Walker with one out. Clark followed with a single, then stole second base. Johnston then brought both runners home with a liner up the middle.
In the fifth, Goebel started PV off with a solo homer. The next three batter would reach on either singles or walks, then Hunter Hansen made it 6-1 with a hit that scored Blake Ence. Barney made it 8-1 by singling home two more, followed by a two-run homer by Clark to make it 10-1.
Hurricane got two runs in the top of the sixth on RBIs by Toby Swenson and Nick Horsley, making it 10-3, but PV ended it in the sixth with hits by Walker and Hansen that brought home three runs.
The Panthers, 4-7 overall and 1-2 in region, snap a five-game losing streak with the win.
Hurricane, 4-7 and 0-3, has lost four straight. The two teams meet again Friday night in Hurricane. The likely starters will be Goebel for PV and Drake Hermansen for Hurricane.
Canyon View 8, Snow Canyon 2
The Warriors, who had been solid defensively this season, committed five errors which allowed all eight runs across the plate unearned.
Snow Canyon started with a 1-0 lead on an RBI by Brady Sargent in the top of the first. But the Falcons two-upped the Warriors with Stokers yard-job to make it 3-1 after one.
SC pulled to within 3-2 in the top of the fifth with an RBI by Chance Thorkleson, but CV matched it with a run in the bottom of that inning to make it 4-2.
The wheels came off for SC in the bottom of the sixth. Canyon View brought nine men to the plate, four of them scoring as the 4-2 game became an 8-2 blowout.
Brad Grisenti led Snow Canyon with two hits in the game. All six Warriors hits were singles. Canyon View had six singles and Stoker’s homer.
It’s the first loss of the season for Snow Canyon, which fell to 10-1 overall and 2-1 in region.
Ty Nielson went all seven innings for CV, allowing two earned runs and walking three batters. The Falcons improve to 6-6 overall and 2-1 in region with the win.
The two teams meet up at Warriors Field Friday night at 7 p.m. for the rematch. Likely starters will be Ike Jorgensen for SC and Zack Brinkerhoff for CV.
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