by Josh McFadden
While Davis and the rest of Region 1 baseball teams are a few weeks into league action, Region 5 squads have just gotten started. The Darts started this week tied atop Region 1, while Viewmont, Bountiful and Woods Cross had varying results in their opening week of region play.
The Darts went 2-1 against Weber last week after returning to Utah from a Spring Break tournament in Las Vegas. Now sporting a 7-2 record in league play, Davis entered this week in first place Clearfield.
Davis dropped a close game to Weber on April 10, 7-6 on the road. It was a back-and-forth affair, as Davis led 3-1 at the end of the third inning and 5-3 heading into the seventh inning. The Darts added a run in the top of the seventh, but Weber scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh to come away with the victory. Davis had nine hits in the game and got a home run from Zach Hoskins and two doubles from Parker Jensen.
The following day, back on their home field, Davis got even with Weber by posting a 9-3 victory. Davis had active bats in the game, as Garrett Larson and Zacery Mansfield each hit home runs. Larson also hit a double. Cody Christensen got the victory on the mound, bringing his record to 5-0 on the year.
Davis again registered nine runs against Weber when the two teams met for the third and final game of the series on Friday. Davis accumulated eight hits and picked up three crucial runs in the top of the seventh inning on its way to a 9-7 win. Mansfield hit another home run, while teammates Jensen, Larson and Stockton Hall each hit doubles. Hall, a junior, was also the winning pitcher.
The Darts look to a three-game series with Clearfield this week.
The Vikings had an excellent start to Region 5 action, picking up a trio of victories over Woods Cross. The two Davis County rivals are new region opponents this season, and the Vikings got the better of the Wildcats on April 10, 11 and 13.
In game one, Viewmont outlasted the Wildcats 7-2. The Vikings piled up a dozen hits in the game, led by Adam Duke and Tyson Toller, who each smacked triples for their team.
The following day, at Woods Cross, Viewmont had little trouble putting away the Wildcats in a 13-3 triumph. The game only went five innings because the Vikings only needed that long to build the 10-run advantage. The Vikings had six runs in the fifth inning alone, and plenty of players got into the action. Noah Montoya hit a home run, while Lucas Bushey recorded a triple. Meanwhile, Adam Duke hit two doubles, and Joshua Erickson got one of his own.
Woods Cross got seven hits in the game 2 loss. Carson Dobias hit a home run, and Hunter Stone got a double.
Last Friday, Viewmont completed the sweep of Woods Cross with an 11-1 victory. Cameron Barson got the win as pitcher and helped limit the Wildcats to just two hits. The game was tight for the first three innings, but Viewmont piled up seven runs in the fourth inning. Montoya got a double for Viewmont.
The 3-0 Vikings played at Roy on Tuesday and hosted the Royals on Wednesday. Both games were played after our press deadline. Meanwhile, the Wildcats stepped out of region play for a non-league game with Northridge on Wednesday.
The Braves went 2-1 against Roy last week to stay a game behind Viewmont in the region race.
Bountiful lost to Roy in the first game on April 10 but broke a seven-game losing streak with an 8-6 win in the second game. Pitcher JD Cunningham got the victory, while Isaac Parry and Anthony Wuthrich each hit doubles.
On April 11, Bountiful prevailed 4-2, Parry had a huge day for the Braves. The junior hit a double and a home run. Mason Farr and Josh Welling each had doubles.