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Local baseball teams off to solid start
by JOSH McFADDEN
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Last season, Davis, in Class 5A’s Region 2, and Woods Cross, in Class 4A’s Region 5, finished their regular seasons atop the standings. Viewmont (fourth place in Region 2) and Bountiful (second in Region 5) also made the state tournament.

It’s early, but preliminary indications are that all four teams will be in thick of things again this season. Here’s a recap of how the four squads fared last week.

Davis

The defending region champions moved to 7-0 on the year and 2-0 in region play with a pair of blowout wins over Hunter, March 21 and 22. The Darts and Wolverines were set to meet again on Monday just after our press deadline, though that game was likely washed out.

Game one against Hunter was a 22-1 shellacking, with the Darts getting off to a 14-0 advantage by the third inning. Davis coasted the rest of the way, adding a run in the fourth and seven more in the fifth for good measure. Senior Jaxon Knight was a force from the mound and the plate. The do-it-all performer was the winning pitcher, helping a defense whose only run allowed was well after the game was in hand. He also had a double and a home run. Austin Birrell added a triple and a double, while senior Ben Rigby clobbered a triple.

It was much the same the following day at Davis High School when the Darts pulverized Hunter 24-2. Davis opened the game with an eye-popping 12 runs in the first inning. Eight more in the second made the game a laugher in a hurry. The Darts outhit Hunter 16-4, and Davis didn’t commit a single error in the game. Rigby was the winning picture and hit a double. Tate Larsen hit a pair of doubles, and Dom Fuller and Knight each registered doubles. 

The Darts put their undefeated record on the line Tuesday and Wednesday with the first two of a three-game series with Syracuse. Davis concludes the series at Syracuse on Friday.

Viewmont

The Vikings were busy last week, playing games on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. The first three contests were region games against West. Viewmont went 1-2 in those games, beginning with a thrilling 12-11 victory March 21.

Viewmont’s bats cooled off in the next two outings against West, losses of 8-6 and 2-1. Last Saturday, the Vikings entertained Dixie in a non-region game, falling 11-2.

Viewmont is now off until April 11, due to spring break in the Granite District this week and the Davis District next week. They’ll resume play by hosting Hunter on April 11, traveling to Hunter on April 12, then hosting the final game of the series on April 14.

Woods Cross

Much like it did last season against Region 5 foes, the Wildcats have shown their dominance in league play early on during this campaign. 

In three games against Bonneville last week, Woods Cross didn’t allow a single run. The offense, meanwhile, rolled up 24 runs as the Wildcats defeated the Lakers March 21, 22 and 24 by the counts of 8-0, 10-0 and 6-0, respectively. 

In game one against Bonneville, the Wildcats outhit their opponent by an impressive 16-1 margin. Pitcher Zack Burrows pitched a complete game, picking up the victory. The next day, Woods Cross had 11 hits to Bonneville’s 3 in a game that only needed five innings. Calum Seifert had a pair of home runs in the triumph, while Daniel Mortensen had a double and a triple. 

Woods Cross moved to 3-0 in Region 5 last Friday thanks in large part to a five-run sixth inning. Andrew Kirchmeier was a hero on offense, as the junior hit a home run. Meanwhile, Chase Miller got the win from the pitching position. He also gave up just one hit on the afternoon.

The Wildcats step out of region to play at Salem Hills on Thursday before taking some time off for Spring Break. Woods Cross returns to the field April 11 against Ogden.

Bountiful

The Braves began last week with an offensive showcase against Box Elder on March 21. In a 15-14 loss, the two teams combined for 25 hits. Hayden Jung hit a home run for Bountiful.

The Braves avenged the region-opening loss the following day with a much different defensive effort: a 13-1 victory over Box Elder. The Braves scored five in the second and six more in the third. The defense, meanwhile, allowed just four hits. Senior Dallin Wilcox had a double and a home run, while Cooper Ohlson had a triple and three RBIs.

Last Friday, the Braves moved their record in Region 5 to 2-1 with a 5-2 win over Box Elder. Bountiful was trailing 2-1 after the fifth inning but recorded four runs in the sixth. Kade Burningham hit a double and was the winning pitcher, leading a defense that allowed just four hits. 

The Braves next take on East for a three-game series Tuesday and Wednesday (after our press deadline) and Friday, with that final game at home. 



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