ST. GEORGE – The Pine View Panthers continued their dominant play over region foes capitalizing on some early throwing errors by the Snow Canyon Warriors to take a 9-2 win on the Warrior home field on Tuesday.
The scoring started early. In the top of the first, Pine View’s Brooks Barney reached on an infield single. Dakota Donovan was then walked. Hunter Hansen then rocked a Brian Phelps fastball to the opposite field for a three-run homer.
“I have faced Phelps before,” Hansen said. “It was an 0-2 pitch and I knew the fastball was coming.”
The scoring did not stop there. Justice Santiago added a fourth run in the inning on a throwing error by Warriors catcher Brady Sargent.
“When a team like Snow Canyon makes errors, especially as infrequent as they do, you have to take advantage,” said Panther head coach Michael Gargano. “We have been playing well to start region while they are in a bit of a slump. But they won’t stay down long.”
The Panthers added two more in the second. Tyler Johnston walked, then Johnston stole second. He reached third and home on throwing errors. Logan Lafemina walked and Donovan singled in Lafemina to complete the scoring.
Phelps was replaced by Nick Sargent. For the next few innings neither team threatened.
In the bottom of the fourth, Brady Sargent was walked by Donovan, Sargent stole second, and then took third and home on consecutive throwing errors. The Warriors were on the board and after four it was 6-1.
The Warriors would strike again in the fifth. Isaac Rhea walked and then stole second. Clint Gates smashed a Donovan fastball that bounced off the center field fence for a double, batting in Rhea for the run.
Beginning the seventh inning with a 6-2 lead, the Panthers added some insurance runs. Donovan walked. Justice Santiago doubled Donovan in. Kashden Walker then singled in Santiago. Walker stole second. Dylan Draper then singled and Walker would score on another throwing error to third base.
“They shut us out for a few innings,” said Gargano. “It was nice to get a little security with a few more runs going into the last half inning.”
Donovan pitched the whole game for the win, while Phelps took the loss for the Warriors. “Dakota (Donovan) throws just as hard in the later innings as he does at the beginning of the game,” said Gargano.
“Going seven innings is not a problem for me,” said Donovan. “I have done it many times and actually pitched a complete extra-innings game last year.”
The unofficial stat line for Pine View was nine runs on eight hits with three errors. For Snow Canyon, they scored two runs on four hits and had seven errors.
Pine View moves to 8-4, 3-0 in region play. The Warriors drop to 6-6. Pine View will host Snow Canyon this Friday at 7:00.
Cedar 2, Canyon View 0
The Redmen blanked Canyon View scoring two runs in the bottom of the sixth. Ryker had the winning RBI on a fielder’s choice and then scored on an error. Kayden Lunt got the win for the Redmen. Canyon View only managed one hit in the game and had three errors. Cedar got two runs on two hits with three errors. Cedar moves to 11-1, 1-0 in region. The Falcons drop to 8-4, 2-1 in region. The Redmen will travel across town to face Canyon View Friday night.
Dixie 8, Hurricane 3
The Flyers got their first region win putting up at least one run in six different innings. Chris Petrosie got the win as Dixie scored eight runs with 11 hits and three errors. The Tigers managed 3 runs, all in the fourth inning, six hits and committed five errors. The win moves Dixie to 6-5, 1-2 in region play. Hurricane remains winless in region and falls to 6-6 overall. These two will meet on Dixie’s home field this Friday.
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