ST. GEORGE — It was another busy day on the local diamonds and soccer pitches as teams hustled to get preseason games in before region competition begins.
Snow Canyon’s baseball squad has emerged with a nice start to the season, winning its first four games, including two on Saturday. Cedar and Dixie also won in baseball, Desert Hills split two games and Pine View and Dixie soccer both emerged with Saturday wins as well.
Buck’s Ace KJ Harrison Classic
Snow Canyon 11, Canyon View 3
Snow Canyon 3, Cimarron Memorial 2
The Warriors got an easy win early and a tough win late to close out the tourney named for former SC player KJ Harrison, who died tragically a few years ago.
Against Cimarron, Brad Gresenti and Isaac Rhea combined to hold the Spartans to five hits and just one earned run. Rhea, Nick Dolce and Koby Holyoak all had RBIs to stake the Warriors to a 3-1 lead. Nick Decoleti homered to keep CMHS close, but he also took the loss on the mound.
In Snow Canyon’s early game, the Warriors nearly 10-runned Region 9 foe Canyon View.
Although it was not a region game, the Warriors sent a message loud and clear that they were going to be a force this season. Senior captain Brady Sargent homered and Snow Canyon jumped out to a 6-1 lead after just two innings.
That was more than enough for SC starting pitcher Dolce, who hurled a complete game. Dolce allowed three runs and scattered eight Canyon View hits. He only walked one batter.
The Warriors put together a five-run rally in the sixth to push the lead to 11-3 and had the game-ending runners on base, but couldn’t end it early.
All-totaled, Snow Canyon had 13 hits and drew four walks. The Falcons helped Snow Canyon out with five errors, while the Warriors were error free.
“We’ve got a lot of experience out there and we’re working hard,” SC coach Reed Secrist said. “Last year there was a definite learning curve. But experience is huge. These guys are ready to go and get after it and win another region championship for Snow Canyon.”
Last season the Warriors went 6-6 and missed out on the state playoffs, a rarity under Secrist. Sargent said he’s very excited for the new season.
“I like this team a lot,” he said. “It reminds me of the team we had my freshman year. Everybody cares about each other and we have a lot of experience. We also have some young guys stepping up like we did on that team. I’m pretty psyched for the season.”
Snow Canyon’s next action is hosting the Snow Canyon Classic next weekend. The Warriors will play Judge Memorial and West in back to back games Friday night at 7 and 9:30 p.m.
Pizza Hut Classic
Dixie 2, Box Elder 1
Dixie got another heroic effort from Drew Bailey, who lined a bases-loaded single to left field to break a 1-1 tie and end the game Saturday.
Bailey, who pitched a win Friday and also nearly hit for the cycle, has emerged as a star for the Flyers. Collin Hutchings had an RBI single earlier in the game as the only other RBI for Dixie. The Flyers left runners in scoring position on base in the sixth to bring about the necessary seventh-inning heriocs.
Dixie hosts another tourney next weekend, the Dixie Sunshine Classic Friday and Saturday. The Flyers will battle Mountain View, East and Wasatch.
Cedar 12, Carbon 1
Walker Hulet was nearly flawless on the mound for Cedar as the Redmen improved to 3-0.
Josh Boyer, Trey Esplin and Rykker Tom all had multiple RBIs as Cedar cruised past the Dinos. Cedar’s next action is next Friday in the Desert Hills Invitational against Logan at 3 p.m. at DHHS.
Desert Hills Invitational
Desert Hills 12, Copper Hills 2
Salem Hills 3, Desert Hills 1
The Thunder had 14 hits in mercy-ruling the Grizzlies. Brayson Hurdsman, Cam Winget, Chance Milne and Chad Nelson all doubled in the win and Braiden Irvin got the W on the mound.
Salem Hills hurler Easton Tallon allowed just one hit to the Thunder in the other game. Hurdsman took the loss despite pitching well for Desert Hills. The Skyhawks have yet to lose this season.
The Thunder, 3-2, play West Jordan next Friday at 11 a.m. in another DH tournament.
Dixie beat North Sanpete 9-0 in a mismatch Saturday morning. The Flyers are now 1-1-1 on the season and have allowed just one goal in three games. Dixie has a key region game up next, Tuesday night at Desert Hills. Pine View also recorded a win with Michael Wade and Michael Cardenas each scoring a pair of goals. Snow Canyon downed Carbon with Kevin Guevara scoring three goals.
The Panthers host Canyon View Tuesday night and Dixie is at Desert Hills as region play resumes. SC hosts Cedar Tuesday night.
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