ST. GEORGE — Dixie dropped a close game to close out the Donnie Pymm Pizza Hut Classic and Snow Canyon and Desert Hills also lost games Saturday as surprising Cedar is the last Region 9 team without a loss as league play is just around the corner around southern Utah.
The Flyers, with ace (and BYU commit) Braxton Ipson on the mound, couldn’t catch a break as Juan Diego scratched across five unearned runs for a 5-4 victory on a brilliant afternoon at Don Lay Flyer Field Saturday afternoon.
Dixie had forged an early 2-0 lead after an RBI single by Drew Bailey, who came in and scored later in the second inning. Bailey, who had two hits in the game, also was part of a late rally for Dixie that fell just short.
The Soaring Eagle took the lead on four unearned runs in the third and added an insurance run in the fifth. Dixie crept within 5-3 in the fifth and plated a run in the seventh to make it 5-4. The Flyers also put the tying and potential winning runs on base in the seventh, but the game ended on a harmless pop fly to hand Juan Diego the close victory.
Dixie, 2-1, is off until next Friday when the Flyers host the Dixie Sunshine Classic at Flyers Field and Elks Field in St. George.
Snow Canyon 6, Lehi 5
Maple Mountain 7, Snow Canyon 4
The Warriors split a pair of games to close out the KJ Harrison Memorial Tournament Saturday at SCHS, falling in the afternoon to the Golden Eagles before picking up the late win against the Pioneers.
Against Maple Mountain, Snow Canyon started well, plating four runs in the first inning. But the Eagles scored seven unanswered, including two in the second and three in the third, to take the lead and eventually the win.
In the nightcap, junior Brady Sargent hit a second-inning grand slam and also doubled as the Warriors jumped out to a 5-0 lead and held on from there. Sargent also got the win on the mound.
The Warriors, 3-1, have scored 32 runs in four games this season. SC is off for 10 days, then opens region play with a home game vs. Canyon View Mar. 18.
Desert Hills 11, Northridge 1
Salem Hills 1, Desert Hills 0
It was an incredible pitchers’ duel in the championship game at the Desert Hills Invitational with the Skyhawks’ Austin Hanks just out-doing the Thunder’s Dylan File for a 1-0 win. Both pitchers allowed just three hits and the only run of the game came unearned against File on his own throwing error.
Earlier in the day, Desert Hills bombed 5A Northridge, pounding out 14 hits and invoking the mercy rule after just five innings. Braiden Irvin and Evan Moss each had four hits in the rout and File knocked home three runs as D-Hills scored three in the first, five in the second, one on the third and two more in the fourth.
The Thunder, 3-1, host another invitational tourney next weekend before beginning region play on Mar. 18 vs. Dixie.
Pine View 5, Union 3
Pine View 7, Park City 6
Pine View 12, Grantsville 4
The Panthers managed to squeeze three games in Saturday, all of them wins. The early game, shortened to five innings, was a win for Micah Morgan on the mound and Dakota Donovan and Logan LaFemina each had two hits in the win over the Cougars.
Against Park City, Brooks Barney got the win. Donovan got the save, despite a rocky seventh in which the Miners scored a couple of runs. Barney and LaFemina had two hits each in that game.
The Panthers avenged a Friday loss to Grantsville by blowing the Cowboys out Saturday night. Justice Santiago knocked home four runs as the Panthers overcame a 4-2 deficit by plating eight runs in the third inning. Morgan had three hits and Donovan, Barney and Santiago had two each as PV compiled 13 base knocks as a team.
The Panthers, 4-1 on the season, play in the Red Rock Classic at Dixie State’s Bruce Hurst Field next Friday and Saturday and begin Region 9 play Mar. 18 at Hurricane.
Grantsville 17, Hurricane 7
Cedar 3, Carbon 2
Cedar 11, Juan Diego 1
The Redmen went to 4-0 on the young season with a pair of wins in St. George. The win against the Dinos was in extra innings with Brecken Lewis getting the W and CHS 10-runned the Soaring Eagle behind 12 hits and a homer by Brock Esplin.
Maple Mountain 13, Canyon View 3
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