Spring baseball in Utah always brings the challenges of trying to fit games in among rainstorms, heavy winds and muddy fields. Pine View and Lone Peak, for instance, had been trying to square off since Friday mid-day. It took 30-plus hours, but the Panthers and Knights finally got to square off late in the night Saturday.
And while the results of these early pre-season games are sometimes hard to find (please email any news on the PV-LP game to firstname.lastname@example.org), the bottom line for most coaches was to get the players on the fields in key situations and see how they would respond. Here are some of the results from the weekend tournaments:
Dixie 7, Wasatch 0
Trevor Cox capped off a stellar weekend for the Flyers by tossing a one-hit gem in the championship game of the Donnie Pymm/Pizza Hut Classic Saturday evening.
Cox allowed just two baserunners, a single in the fifth and a walk in the seventh, and Dixie backed him with strong offense.
“Our pitching was better than advertised,” Dixie coach Danny Ipson said. “We also hit the ball very well. I’m really pleased with the way we played this opening weekend.”
Anthony Bauman had an RBI double and six different Flyers crossed the plate in the win. The Flyers, 3-0, outscored their opponents 27-1 in the three victories at the tournament.
Dixie hosts the Dixie Sunshine Classic next Friday and Saturday where the Flyers will take on Box Elder (Friday, 1 p.m.), Springville (Friday, 7 p.m.) and East (Saturday at 1 p.m.).
Desert Hills 12, West Jordan 3
The Thunder hosted the 5A Jaguars in the championship game of the Desert Hills Invitational and won easily, pounding out an astounding 20 base hits.
Blake Betts got the win for DH, which improved to 3-0 on the young season. The early games on Saturday were canceled due to the weather and field conditions.
Caleb Caplin led the Desert Hills hit parade with three doubles and the Thunder’s other 17 hits were singles as DH dominated from the get-go.
“We look good hitting the ball,” Thunder coach Jerry Beck said. “Hopefully we can keep that up. We’ve been swinging it well.”
The Thunder host a second DH Invitational next week, taking on Arbor View (Nev.) Thursday night, Layton Friday night (both at 7 p.m.) and a TBD opponent Saturday night.
Hunter 6, Hurricane 2
The Tigers dropped to 1-1-1 with the four-run loss down in Mesquite. Hurricane plays in the Tiger/Panther Classic next Friday and Saturday, battling Union, Grantsville and Delta.
Liberty (Nev.) 12 & 10, Canyon View 2 & 2
The Falcons dropped to 1-2 on the young season after being swept by the Vegas-area team. Canyon View next plays at Delta Tuesday night.
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