by Josh McFadden
The Davis baseball team took care of business last week, sweeping Syracuse in three games to move to 5-1 in Region 1. The Darts are in first place in their region in the early stages of the season.
Davis’ three wins over Syracuse came in a four-day span: March 27, 28 and 30. Two of the victories (March 27 and 30) came in front of the home crowd.
The Darts’ had little trouble in any the wins, starting with a 7-0 shutout in game one. Zach Hoskins was the winning pitcher, and Zacery Mansfield recorded a double as Davis blanked an opponent for the second time this season.
In game two, Hoskins trading in his pitching heroics for some power hitting at the plate. The senior belted a three-run home run to help power his team to an 11-5 win. Two days later, Hoskins was at it again. This time he collected three hits and drove in four RBIs in the Darts’ 11-4 triumph. His teammate Stockton Hall showed he, too, excels as both a pitcher and a hitter. He got the win and also hit a home run.
Davis takes a break from region play until April 10 when it will begin a three-game series with at Weber. The Darts enter this week on a five-game winning streak and with an overall mark of 7-1.
The Braves suffered a pair of tough losses last week, dropping their overall record to 2-4.
Bountiful lost in a close one to Corner Canyon on March 27 by the count of 6-4. The following day, the Braves traveled to Maple Mountain where the two teams got into a scoring fest. Bountiful racked up an impressive 14 runs, which is usually plenty to win a baseball game. However, Maple Mountain did one better to inch out a victory.
Bountiful spent the last day of March and the first part of April at the RL Invitational in California. In this tournament, the Braves faced the likes of California High Schools Huntington Beach, Santa Monica, Tustin and Dana Hills. Even the JV team got into the action by facing some teams from the Golden State. Results from these games were unavailable at press time. On the trip, the team got to enjoy a Major League game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants. Bountiful players and coaches also head to Six Flags Magic Mountain amusement park on Thursday.
The Vikings head into spring break with a 3-5 record; they picked up one of those wins last week with an 11-5 victory over East on March 27.
Against the Leopards, Viewmont’s bats were hot. The team collected 13 hits and scored all its runs in the first four innings. Adam Duke and Catcher Thompson each hit doubles, and pitcher Hunter Tueller got the victory. The only glaring negative was the six errors the Vikings committed.
It was a different story the following day at home against Timpanogos. The opposition limited Viewmont to just four hits, as the Vikings fell 4-0. Braden Campbell hit a double for Viewmont.
Last Thursday, Viewmont as back to its offensive ways but had trouble stopping Highland in a nail-biting 9-8 loss. It was the fourth time on the young season that the Vikings had scored at least eight runs.
The Vikings won’t be back on the field until April 10 when they open Region 5 play against Woods Cross in the first of three games.
The Wildcats played just one in-state game last week, a tight 6-5 loss to Skyline on March 28. The setback dropped Woods Cross to 2-5 on the season.
The Wildcats outhit skyline 13-11 but couldn’t convert the hits into more runs. Woods Cross tied the score in the top of the sixth at 5-5 thanks to a pair of runs. But the Eagles picked up a run and then held the Wildcats scoreless in the seventh. Hunter Stone hit a double for the Wildcats, which lost their second in a row following a pair of wins.
Woods Cross played at the Century Classic in Placentia, California.