ST. GEORGE — Region 9 teams competed in 11 tournament baseball games Friday at the various high school diamonds across the county, with the southern Utah squads snagging wins in eight of those contests — all in all a good day in the ballparks. Pine View and Cedar both went 2-0, with Snow Canyon winning its only contest. The other three region teams, Dixie, Cedar and Desert Hills, all split doubleheaders.
Here’s a look at the day’s action:
Snow Canyon 6, Syracuse 1
The Warriors came out swinging and got a solid day on the mound from Kyle Rogers to march off with the win over the 5A Titans, the 199th victory of coach Reed Secrist’s coaching career.
“I feel a lot better today than I did yesterday,” Secrist said. “The game plan was to come out and be aggressive at the plate. It was the same yesterday, but things didn’t fall for us. But if we stay aggressive like that, I think we’ll be fine.”
Rogers was strong on the bump, allowing just four hits and a single run in six innings of work. He struck out eight and walked just one.
“I located my fastball really well tonight,” said Rogers, a senior right-hander. “I also trusted my curve and change-up, which is hard to do sometimes. I wanted to get first-pitch strikes and trust the pitch-calling from my coach.”
Super-sophomore Austin Deming pitched the seventh, allowing just one hit. But the youngster was the clear hitting star in the game. He had three singles and a triple and scored three times.
“I was just being selective, trying not to swing at bad pitches,” Deming said. “After my triple my second at-bat I just started feeling really confident out there.”
Deming, who was just starting to get on a roll last year as a freshman before suffering a concussion mid-season, returned for the 3A Playoffs and played very well. Now, as a sophomore, he is beginning to emerge as one of Region 9’s budding superstars. He had two or three “wow” plays at shortstop against the Titans.
“He’s just great,” Secrist said. “It’s like having another Riley Gates — you know, those types of kids that start as freshmen. He’s obviously one of the best players that’s come through here, but he’s still got a lot to prove. He knows that and he’s a hard-worker and a great kid. It’s exciting knowing I’m going to have him out there for the next three seasons.”
Rogers allowed a pair of hits in the first inning, but wriggled out of a jam and held Syracuse scoreless. The Warriors then made SHS pay with a two-run rally in the bottom of the first.
Garrett Hyde walked, then Deming singled up the middle. Nick Dolce then walked to load the bases, setting up clean-up hitter Brock Staheli, who hit a deep sacrifice fly that scored Hyde and moved Deming to third. Cannon Secrist then singled to left to make it 2-0.
Deming led off the third with that triple and scored on an RBI ground out by Dolce to make it 3-0. The Titans cut it to 3-1 with a score in the fourth, but Snow Canyon added a run in the fifth and two more in the sixth to put the game away.
SC, 1-1, will play at 1 p.m. Saturday against Maple Mountain to wrap up the KJ Harrison Classic.
Pine View 18, Delta 0
Pine View 9, Sky View 0
The Panthers have not allowed a single run on their new field, improving to 3-0 in the Tiger-Panther Classic. Pine View has scored 37 runs in three games.
Against Delta, the Panthers scored nine runs in the first inning and scored at least one run in every inning thereafter. Logan LaFemina had three hits and four RBIs and Jagun Leavitt had a pair of hits and four runs batted in. Connor Clark and Weston Sampson had doubles in the game and Clark struck out 11, allowing just three hits as the winning pitcher.
Against the Bobcats, Pine View broke open a 4-0 game by plating five runs in the sixth inning.
Brooks Barney was lights out on the mound against Sky View, allowing just two hits and one walk in six innings of work.
The hitting stars for PV in the game were Clark (2 for 3, three RBIs), Barney (2 for 4 with two RBIs) and Jackson Bithell, who tripled and knocked in two runs.
The Panthers will continue their tourney with a pair of games on Saturday.
Cedar 7, Box Elder 1
Cedar 11, Bear River 8
The Redmen beat a pair of teams from extreme northern Utah to open their season.
Kyler Carrizosa allowed just three hits in the win over the Bees, with his teammates staking him to a 7-0 lead after just two innings.
Against Bear River, Cedar had to rally twice to get the win.
The Bears led 5-0, with the Redmen scoring five of their own in the bottom of the second to tie the game. After the Bears pushed out to a 6-5 lead, Cedar again tied it with a run in the bottom of the fourth.
The Redmen then seized the lead for good with five more runs in the bottom of the fifth.
Mitch Smith was the winning pitcher, while senior shortstop Rykker Tom had a pair of doubles and Drake Lewis tripled in the game.
Cedar will continue in the Donnie Pymm-Pizza Hut Classic with a 10 a.m. game against Payson (at Dixie High) and then play a second game later in the day with the opponent yet to be determined.
Desert Hills 6, Orem 3
Salem Hills 10, Desert Hills 0
The Thunder split a pair of games in the Summit Invitational at DHHS Friday, jumping on Orem early, but then getting blasted by Salem Hills late.
Chance Milne and Trey Allred had two hits each, including a double by each player, as the Thunder jumped out to a 6-0 lead after an inning and a half.
Milne and Brayson Hurdsman each hit one-out doubles in the first inning to make it 1-0. After back-to-back hit batsmen loaded the bases, Thorpe cleared the bases with a three-run double to make it 4-0. He scored later in the inning on a wild pitch.
Preston Creager had a sacrifice fly in the second inning to make it 6-0. The Tigers scored three runs over the next two innings to cut it to 6-3, but Thorpe retired the last 10 batters he faced to secure the win.
In the nightcap, D-Hills ran into a buzzsaw in Salem Hills. The Skyhawks Tanner Hamblin had a single, a double and a grand slam home run in the lopsided game.
Seth Betts had the lone hit for the Thunder, a double in the third inning.
It was a 4-0 game heading into the fifth, but three hits plated two runs for the Skyhawks to make it 6-0. In the sixth, Hamblin ended the contest via the mercy rule when he hit a bases-loaded, 1-0 pitch over the right-center fence to make it 10-0.
Desert Hills, 1-2, is scheduled to play a 1 p.m. consolation game today against a yet to be determined opponent at DHHS.
Dixie 3, Carbon 2
Stansbury 6, Dixie 2
The Flyers picked up their second win of the year with a close victory over the Dinos, then dropped the late game to the Stallions.
Dixie broke a 1-1 tie with two runs in the bottom of the second inning and the game stayed at 3-1 until the sixth, when the Dinos cut the lead in half. But the freshman Yates shut the door in the seventh to get the save.
Stansbury then handed Dixie its first loss with a 6-2 decision in the late game.
The Flyers play Tooele at 1 p.m. at Flyer Field Saturday, with another game against a yet to be determined foe scheduled for 4 p.m.
Hurricane 9, Park City 4
North Sevier 6, Hurricane 4
The Tigers split a pair of games in the Tiger-Panther Classic, beating the Miners and falling to the Wolves.
The Tigers led 4-2 heading to the fourth against North Sevier, but surrendered four runs to the Wolves in that inning. Neither team would score the rest of the way.
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