ST. GEORGE — The soggy (and electric) weather once again was a big factor in Region 9 baseball as only one game was completed Friday night.
Snow Canyon and Hurricane started early (5 p.m.) and just beat the second (or was it the third?) wave of the thunderstorms to inundate southern Utah. The Warriors came away with the win to complete a two-game sweep of the Tigers.
But the other two games, Pine View at Dixie and Desert Hills vs. Cedar, never made it out of the fourth inning. Both contests were originally stopped due to lightning in the area (as per UHSAA rules). With the continued lightning, accompanied by increasing rain, the two games were suspended.
In the Dixie-Pine View game, the Panthers led 7-1 with two outs in the top of the fourth inning. Cedar, meanwhile, was still batting with a 7-4 edge in the bottom of the fourth inning in a game that was moved from Cedar City to Hurst Field in St. George in an effort to avoid the inclement weather.
Snow Canyon 5, Hurricane 0
For the Warriors, sophomore pitcher Austin Deming decided to take matters into his own hands. The right-hander hurled a gem, striking out 12 Tigers and allowing just one hit in the shutout.
“He threw the ball really well,” SC coach Reed Secrist said. “The only jam he got in was in the fourth inning, when they loaded the bases. But he struck out that kid to get out of that and he cruised from there.’
Deming had three walks and the Warriors committed two errors, but gave Deming enough run support to make the win an easy one.
“We actually could have scored a lot more, but had some outs on the bases, including one at home,” Secrist said. “We haven’t given Deming a lot of run support his last couple of games, but we hit the ball well tonight. We had 10 hits.”
Cannon Secrist had two hits (including a triple) and scored twice as the Warriors jumped on Hurricane starter Alec Flemetakis right away. Snow Canyon plated three in the first inning, with Deming, Jackson Nowatzke and Cannon Secrist all scoring. Deming had doubled, with Nowatzke singling him home. Secrist then tripled and later scored on an error.
The Warriors added a run in the third and another in the sixth to clinch the sweep and improve to 3-5 in region, tied with Hurricane for fourth place.
For the Tigers, Logan Campbell had the lone hit, a rocket down the right field line for a single in the fourth. Tobie Swenson pitched four innings of relief and allowed just one run.
Pine View 7, Dixie 1 (game suspended in the fourth inning)
The Panthers had pounded out seven runs and eight hits when a lightning strike a ways off beyond the right field fence caused the immediate clearing of the field. UHSAA rules state that any outdoor contests where there is a visible lightning strike must be suspended for 30 minutes. If lightning is spotted again, the 30-minute clock is restarted.
After several lightning strikes and an increase in the rain, the umpires declared the game suspended until a suitable make-up date can be found. Game officials originally discussed resuming the game Monday evening, but no decision was made. The game was stopped with two outs in the top of the fourth and the Panthers with a man on third base.
That man was Brooks Barney, who was having a whale of the game in the soaked conditions. He had just hit his second double of the game and had knocked in three of Pine View’s seven runs. Barney was also pitching for the Panthers and had allowed one run in three innings of work before the suspension.
Pine View scored four of its seven runs to break a 1-1 tie in the top of the third, stringing together five consecutive hits. With one out, Dakota Donovan singled, followed by the first of Barney’s doubles, a screamer to the gap in right center, making it 2-1. Tyler Johnston then singled to make it 3-1, followed by a triple to the right-center gap by Jackson Bithell that made it 4-1. Cole Green was last in the hit parade, lining a single to center that scored Bithell and made it 5-1.
Barney’s second double brought home Connor Clark and Donovan in the top of the fourth and upped the lead to 7-1 before Mother Nature took over.
Dixie’s lone run came on an RBI single in the bottom of the second by Payden Harrah.
Cedar 7, Desert Hills 4 (game suspended in the fourth inning)
Appropriately, the Thunder started strong on the stormy night at Hurst Field, building a 4-3 lead into the fourth inning.
The game was suspended with Cedar still having two men on base and just one out in the fourth.
As with the Pine View-Dixie game, no time (or location) to complete the game has been announced yet.
Cedar, at 1-6 in region, desperately needs a win to keep its playoff hopes alive. Desert Hills, meanwhile, leads Pine View by a game in the race for the region title. Those two teams meet Tuesday and Friday next week.
Region 9 Standings
Desert Hills 6-1* (12-9)
Pine View 5-2** (13-6)
Dixie 4-3** (12-5)
Snow Canyon 3-5 (8-13)
Hurricane 3-5 (8-9)
Cedar 1-6* (8-12)
* Cedar leads Desert Hills 7-4 in the bottom of the fourth in weather suspended game
** Pine View leads Dixie 7-1 in the top of the fourth in weather suspended game
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