by Josh McFadden
While Davis County students had last week off for some spring break rest and relaxation, Davis, Bountiful and Woods Cross high school baseball teams were busy facing stiff competition in prestigious tournaments.
Davis’ tournament action took place in the middle of its region schedule, while Bountiful and Woods Cross used the experience to prepare for upcoming league battles.
The Darts moved to 9-2 on the season with a pair of wins and a loss while facing three teams from three different states last week.
Davis started off with a close 1-0 loss to Liberty, Nevada, in a low-scoring affair on April 5. Later in the day, however, the Darts got their offense humming in an 11-5 victory over John Glenn, California. Cody Christensen was the winning pitcher for Davis.
The following day, Davis made it two in a row in the tournament with another offensive outburst. This time the Darts scored 12 runs in a 10-run victory over O’Gorman High School in South Dakota. Stockton Hall was credited as the winning pitcher in the triumph. Hall has also showed prowess at the plate this season by collecting four doubles and a home run.
Davis returned to the state with a three-game series against Weber, starting on Tuesday. After playing on the road against Weber, the Darts faced their region rivals at home on Wednesday. Both games were after our press deadline. The two teams wrap up the series on Friday at Weber.
Heading into this week’s slate of games, the Darts were leading Region 1 with a 5-1 record, one game in front of Clearfield. Davis outscored opponents in its first six region games 48-26.
The Braves spent their spring break in Irvine, California, at the RL Invitational where they played four teams from the Golden State. The Braves arrived in Southern California with a 2-4 record and found the competition to be tough in the tournament.
Bountiful went 0-4 at the RL Invitational. Its closest call came on day one, March 31, when it fell to University City High School by the count of 7-5. Unfortunately for the Braves, things got even more difficult from there.
Bountiful couldn’t manage to generate any runs the rest of the tournament, as its next three opponents—Tustin High School, Dana Hills High School and Irvine High School—each pitched shutouts. The Braves lost their last three games at the tournament on April 2, 3 and 4 by scores of 7-0, 9-0 and 9-0, respectively.
Though playing out-of-state competition is a good experience, the Braves will be happy to be back home where they jumped into Region 5 action on Tuesday at home against Roy and Wednesday at Roy. The Braves finish the three-game series against the Royals on the road on Friday.
Bountiful tied for first in Region 5 a year ago, giving up just 75 runs in 18 region games.
The Wildcats played in the Century Classic in Anaheim, California, last week in the shadows of Disneyland. The team started off on March 31 with a dominant 13-1 win over Soquel High School, California.
Woods Cross amassed 14 hits in the win and allowed just four, thanks in large part to the efforts of winning pitcher Shane Yoho. Calum Seifert belted a home run for Woods Cross, while Carson Dobias had two doubles, and Hunter Stone contributed a double of his own. The victory moved the Wildcats to 3-5 on the season.
On April 2, Woods Cross fell to Northwood, California, in close fashion by the count of 7-5. Seifert hit another home run, and his team generated eight hits.
Offense was a little harder to come by in games three and four, however. On April 3, Segerstrom, California, shut out the Wildcats 8-0. The following day, Woods Cross lost to Kennedy, California, 9-1. Seifert hit a double, but the Wildcats gave up 11 hits on the day.
The Wildcats began their Region 5 slate this week with a three-game series against Viewmont. The two teams squared off Tuesday at Viewmont and Wednesday at Woods Cross. Both games took place after our press deadline. The rivals meet up this Friday at Viewmont. Woods Cross also has a non-region game scheduled for this Saturday at Salem Hills.