Prep baseball: Panthers streak ends with two losses; SC sweeps

Pine View's Tyler Johnston (39), Pine View vs. Spanish Fork, Baseball, St. George, Utah, Mar. 18, 2016, | Photo by Robert Hoppie, ASPpix.com, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — It was a mixed bag of results Friday for Region 9 baseball squads, with Snow Canyon as the only team in action that did not take a loss. Dixie split a pair of games at its Kent Garrett Dixie Sunshine Classic, while Pine View and Cedar both dropped a pair of games at the Red Rock Classic. Here’s a rundown:

Red Rock Classic
American Fork 8, Pine View 2
Spanish Fork 2, Pine View 0

The Panthers wanted tough competition in the preseason and they got it in the 5A Cavemen and 4A powerhouse Spanish Fork.

pine-view-logoAmerican Fork, a 5A quarterfinalist from last season, knocked the ball around pretty well on Pine View pitching, collecting 11 hits and eight earned runs. The Cavemen scored four runs before the Panthers had even come to bat.

Pine View, led by Jagun Leavitt, kept it close over the next four innings. Dakota Donovan knocked home Logan LaFemina in the first and Connor Clark scored on an American Fork error in the fourth to make it a 4-2 game.

Pine View's Dakota Donovan (17), Pine View vs. Spanish Fork, Baseball, St. George, Utah, Mar. 18, 2016, | Photo by Robert Hoppie, ASPpix.com, St. George News
Pine View’s Dakota Donovan (17), Pine View vs. Spanish Fork, Baseball, St. George, Utah, Mar. 18, 2016, | Photo by Robert Hoppie, ASPpix.com, St. George News

But a three-run rally in the fifth pushed the lead to 7-2 and the Cavemen cruised from there.

Leavitt had three hits in the game and Clark and Tybo Johnston had two each as PV had eight hits, but left nine men on base.

Against the 4A defending champion Dons, Brooks Barney took the mound and pitched well, allowing just five hits and one earned run.

But the Panthers couldn’t scratch across any runs off of Spanish Fork star Colton Creer. Pine View squandered two hits in the first inning and LaFemina was stranded on third after a one-out double in the third inning.

The Panthers had four hits and ended up with runners on second or third with less than two outs in four of the game’s seven innings. PV left seven runners on base.

Pine View, 4-2, will play two games Saturday, a 9:30 a.m. start against Cedar and a noon start against Pleasant Grove.

Boxscores: sfpv31816 afpv31816

Red Rock Classic
American Fork 13, Cedar 3
Pleasant Grove 2, Cedar 1

The Redmen fell to 3-3 on the season with the two losses to 5A teams, including a close one to defending 5A champ Pleasant Grove.

cedar-logoCedar led in both games, but watched as the advantage slipped away. Against AF, the Redmen built a 3-0 lead heading into the fourth inning. But the Cavemen scored 11 in the fourth and two more in the fifth to take the game away from Cedar.

Rykker Tom and Drake Lewis each doubled in the loss for Cedar, which had seven hits in the game.

In the PG loss, Kyler Carrizosa pitched well, giving up just a two-run rally in the third inning. Cedar had led 1-0, but managed just five hits and couldn’t score again in the game.

Cedar will play Pine View at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, then battle Spanish Fork at 2:30 p.m. Both games will be at DSU’s Hurst Field.

Snow Canyon Classic
Snow Canyon 13, Judge Memorial 2
Snow Canyon 17, Weber 1

The Warriors were rude hosts Friday night, outscoring the visitors 30-3 in two games to sweep to a 3-3 record on the season.

Against the Bulldogs, Breck Eichelberger pitched five innings, allowing just one hit and one earned run.

snow-canyon-logoSnow Canyon scored six runs in the first inning and then added six more in the third to go up 12-2. An extra run came home in the fourth and Eichelberger shut Judge down in the fifth to close the game.

Garrett Hyde had three hits and three runs to lead the Warriors attack. Two of his hits were doubles. Snow Canyon had 13 hits in the game, with Nick Dolce and Brock Staheli each picking up two-baggers.

Against the 5A Weber Warriors, Kyle Rogers allowed just two hits and no earned runs. Snow Canyon had 11 base hits and took advantage of three Weber errors to run away with the win.

Jackson Nowatzke scored four runs and sophomore Austin Deming had six RBIs for SC, which scored in every inning. Snow Canyon had seven runs in the first, one in the second, three in the third and six in the fourth before the game was called on the mercy rule.

Deming homered and Hyde and Tanner Howell both doubled for SC, which plays two games on Saturday (times and opponents tbd).

Boxscores: judsc31816 websc31816

Kent Garrett Dixie Sunshine Classic
Timpanogas 6, Dixie 0
Dixie 5, Fremont 0

dixie-logoThe Flyers split with a pair of teams from northern Utah, opening with a loss to the Timberwolves and then picking up a shutout victory over the Silver Wolves.

Dixie, which moved to 5-2 on the season with the split, will play two more on Saturday, with Wasatch scheduled for 1 p.m. and then an opponent yet to be determined at 4 p.m.

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