Region 9 baseball: Panthers fall to 5A American Fork; Thunder take two at home

The ball gets away from Brooks Barney (21) on a pick off attempt, American Fork vs. Pine View, Baseball, St. George, Utah, Mar. 13, 2015 | Photo by Robert Hoppie, ASPpix.com, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — Early action Friday saw Pine View drop a morning game to American Fork, while Desert Hills captured a pair of wins over visiting West Jordan and Carbon.

American Fork 9, Pine View 4

Playing a game at 9:30 in the morning was strange enough. Then factor in the eight combined errors and six unearned runs and it’s further confirmation that preseason March tournaments can be a little wacky.

Pine-view-smThe Cavemen, a Region 4 5A powerhouse that went 20-9 last season, broke open a close game with five runs in the top of the sixth inning to come away with the win.

Panther starting pitcher Harrison Goebel, American Fork vs. Pine View, Baseball, St. George, Utah, Mar. 13, 2015 | Photo by Robert Hoppie, ASPpix.com, St. George News
Panther starting pitcher Harrison Goebel, American Fork vs. Pine View, Baseball, St. George, Utah, Mar. 13, 2015 | Photo by Robert Hoppie, ASPpix.com, St. George News

The Panthers stayed close, trailing just 4-3 heading into the sixth. But American Fork brought 10 men to the plate and scored five runs on four hits to turn the game into a runaway.

It started with a hit batsman at the No. 9 spot. After a sacrifice bunt by the Cavemen, three straight hitters found empty spots for the ball to land. The big blow came on a two-run double by Dallin Searle. Pine View also aided the big rally with an error, a walk and two passed balls.

Ty Johnston had a pair of hits and scored twice for the Panthers. Hunter Hansen was 2 for 3 at the plate and Harrison Goebel struck out eight in four innings of work, though he did give up four walks and three runs.

Pine View, 3-3 on the season, plays again Saturday, with a noon game against another 5A school, Pleasant Grove. Like Friday’s game, the contest will be at Bruce Hurst Field.

Stats: afpv31315

Desert Hills 5, West Jordan 4
Desert Hills 7, Carbon 4

The Thunder improved to 5-2 on the young season with a pair of victories on Friday.

Desert-Hills-smAgainst the Jaguars, Desert Hills led most of the game. But the 4-1 advantage evaporated in the seventh as West Jordan rallied to tie the contest and send it into extras.

Chance Milne was the hero in the bottom of the eighth, bringing home Cam Winget with a sacrifice fly for the winning run. Kayson Bowler started against West Jordan and also picked up the save in the second game.

Winget and Brayson Hurdsman were the hitting heroes in the second game.

Braiden Irvin. Park City at Desert Hills, St. George, Utah, May 10, 2014 | Photo by Robert Hoppie, St. George News
Braiden Irvin. Park City at Desert Hills, St. George, Utah, May 10, 2014 | Photo by Robert Hoppie, St. George News

“Cam Winget really hit the ball well today,” Dh coach Jerry Beck said. “Brayson Hurdsman and Wyatt Bendall are also swinging it well.”

Freshman Chad Nelson pitched in the second game for the Thunder, keeping the Dinos in check while the Thunder bats took care of the rest. Bowler pitched the seventh, facing just three batters as the game ended on a sweet 6-4-3 double play started by shortstop Braiden Irvin.

“We were trying to save our other two arms for tomorrow and so we went with Chad,” Beck said. “He did a good job of getting us through that game.”

The loss of all-state pitcher Dylan File has D-Hills feeling the pressure on the mound. But Beck said he feels good early on about the way things are going.

“We feel really good about our top three, Brayson Hurdsman, Braiden Irvin and Kayson Bowler,” he said. “All three of those guys pitched quite a bit for us last year and they’re solid. We’re still trying to piece together four, five and six. We’re not really built for tournaments right now. Hopefully we can develop that as the year goes on.”

So far the Thunder, 5-2, are averaging more than six runs a game while allowing just over three runs per contest. DH plays at 11 a.m. in the Invitational semifinals and 3 p.m. in the finals if they win that one.

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