Many local teams are taking the week off to prepare for next week’s region slate, but Desert Hills is in Las Vegas competing in the Bishop Gorman Invitational, while Cedar renewed its rivalry with Canyon View in a game that went extra innings, and the Hurricane Tigers picked up a road win at Beaver. Here’s a brief look at the action:
Newbury Park (Calif.) 4, Desert Hills 1 (Wednesday)
Galena (Nev.) 9, Desert Hills 2
The Thunder just couldn’t get the bats going in two days of action at the Gorman Invitational, managing just three runs and seven hits in a pair of losses.
Against Newbury Park, a perrennial powerhouse in Southern California, Brayson Hurdsman was on the mound and kept his team in it, despite the lack of offense. A two-out rally by the Panthers in the third inning broke a scoreless tie as NPHS struck for three straight hits with two down.
The rally made it 3-0 and a couple of errors brought home an unearned run in the top of the fourth to make it 4-0.
The Thunder got on the scoreboard in the bottom of that inning, with Preston Creager singling home Hurdsman with two outs to make it 4-1.
Hurdsman pitched hitless baseball the rest of the way, but D-Hills managed just one hit the rest of the game, another Creager single, and went down quietly.
Against Galena, from Reno, Nev., DH starter Chad Nelson got roughed up early, allowing six hits and two walks in five innings. His defense didn’t help much, either, committing six errors in the contest. Only three of the Grizzlies nine runs were earned runs.
Creager had the lone offensive highlight for the Thunder as he hit a two-run home run in the sixth inning. Creager is 3 for 6 with three RBIs in the tournament so far. Daniel Arrey had a pair of singles against GHS, but Desert Hills had just three hits in the game.
D-Hills is 4-6 on the season and will play Tucson (Ariz.) Friday at noon at Bishop Gorman High School. The Thunder will wrap up their BG Tourney experience with a game on Saturday (time and opponent yet to be determined).
Canyon View 13, Cedar 7 (F/10)
Cayden Clark had four hits and reached base in six of seven appearances in the game that lasted nearly to dusk at Cedar High. He also had three RBIs as the Falcons scored six times in the top of the 10th to come away with the win.
Cedar answered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth to send the game into presumably the final inning tied at 5-5.
Both teams scored once in the seventh to make it 6-6 and send the game to extra innings. After a scoreless eighth, CV took a 7-6 lead in the top of the ninth, only to see the Redmen tie it in the bottom of the inning.
The Falcons finally grabbed control for good in the top of the 10th with six unanswered runs and the win.
Canyon View, 6-4, has won three straight and will start Region 12 play at Carbon on Tuesday. Cedar, 7-6, will start Region 9 play Tuesday at Dixie.
Hurricane 7, Beaver 4
Tobie Swenson scattered six hits as the Tigers picked up the road win against the 2A Beavers Thursday.
Hurricane jumped out to a big lead by bringing home five runs in the second inning. Beaver cut it to 5-2 in the bottom of the fourth, but the Tigers knocked in a couple of insurance run in the top of the sixth to put the game away.
Hurricane, under new coach John Homer, has already won as many games as it did all of last season. The Tigers, 5-4, begin Region 9 play Tuesday night with a home game against Desert Hills. First pitch is 7 p.m.
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