Region 9 teams have had better days. Dodging weather issues and dealing with tired pitchers, the results were not great for southern Utah’s best baseballers. Snow Canyon dropped a couple of games at home in the Texas Roadhouse Classic, while Pine View and Cedar went 1-1 in road games.
The Warriors dropped a 5-3 decision to 4A Springville in the early afternoon game, then faced a Las Vegas team with pitching, speed and power in Shadow Ridge. SC fell to the Mustangs 11-4.
“We learned a lot this weekend,” Warriors coach Reed Secrist said. “Hopefully we can build from this in the next 10 days and be ready for region, because Region 9 has some really good teams and some really good pitchers.”
Snow Canyon was looking at a shutout heading into the seventh inning against the Red Devils. The Warriors trailed 5-0 and hadn’t threatened much in the game. But Springville offered a glimmer of hope by committing an error in the seventh and SC put a rally together with hits by Austin Deming, Jake Mack, Matt Kitchen and Jed Jensen.
But Springville pitcher Ricardo Garrido was able to wriggle out of the mess and close out the game for his complete-game victory.
Parker Griggs had a pair of hits and a double for SHS, while SC got doubles from Deming, Kitchen and Nick Dolce.
In the evening game, SC faced hard-throwing Eric Jordan of Shadow Ridge and struggled to get hits off the right-hander. He struck out five and allowed just two earned runs in four-plus innings. He also had two base hits to help the Mustangs build an 8-1 lead heading to the bottom of the fifth.
The Warriors struck for three runs in that half-inning, with Brock Staheli and Davis Rigby coming through with hits in the rally, making it 8-4.
But Shadow Ridge answered with three runs of their own in the top of the sixth to put the game away. Quinn Ayers had three hits and three RBIs and Isaiah Blaylock homered for SRHS, which improved to 8-7 on the season.
Snow Canyon had just four hits in the game, with Hyde recording the only extra-base knock, a double in the fourth inning.
“I learned that we need to take a better approach at the plate,” Secrist said. “We started to get it at the end of the first game, but I don’t know, that was a very good pitcher we faced from Shadow Ridge.”
The Warriors will take next weekend off and prepare for region play. SC opens region with a two-game set against defending 3A champion Pine View. The teams play at PV on Tuesday (Apr. 5) and at SC on Friday (Apr. 8).
Cedar traveled up north to a tourney at Westlake High School, splitting a pair of games there.
In the early contest, the Redmen beat the host Thunder 14-9. Cedar was down 2-1 early, but scored four in the bottom of the second and five in the bottom of the fourth to open up a 10-3 lead. Westlake rallied to within 10-8 by bringing home five in the fifth, but Cedar answered with a four-run rally in the bottom of the fifth to put the game out of reach at 14-8.
Rykker Tom had three hits and four RBIs in the win, with Trey Esplin getting on base in all five of his at-bats (two hits, three walks) and knocking in five runs.
The Redmen then battled Uintah, but couldn’t get past the Utes in a 5-3 loss. Cedar, 7-5, will host Canyon View at 4 p.m. Tuesday in the last tune-up before region play. The Redmen open region in 10 days with a two-game set against Dixie.
Pine View, playing in a tournament in Anaheim, Calif., split a pair of games on Saturday. The Panthers will play games on Monday and Tuesday before returning home to St. George. PV, 7-3, faces Snow Canyon in 10 days to open region play.
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