Playoff picture nearly set in prep baseball


by Josh McFadden

Clipper sportswriter

While Davis and Viewmont have nailed down the top seeds in Region 1 and Region 5, respectively, Woods Cross and Bountiful play a three-game series this week to settle who gets the fourth and final spot from Region 5 in the Class 5A state tournament.

Davis

The Darts have been in control all season long in Region 1. Even a loss last week to Northridge couldn’t derail the team’s region title plan. Davis finished its region season at 14-4, two fewer losses than second-place Clearfield, which had three more league games this week.

Davis had some challenges last week with Northridge. Though it did upend the Knights in two of three games, both victories were close. The Darts first won on May 1 by a 4-2 count on the road. Davis had nine hits and scored three of its runs in the fifth inning, which erased a 2-1 deficit. Talmage Steele and Stockton Hall each hit doubles.

Last Friday, the Darts bounced back from a 10-9 loss the previous day to score a 10-9 win of its own over the Knights. This won was an offensive showdown, with the two teams combining for 26 hits. It was tight throughout, and it took a run in the top of the eighth inning for Davis to secure the victory. Parker Jensen was hot from the plate. The junior hit three doubles, while Hall added another.

With no games this week, Davis will take a break before the 6A state tournament starts May 15. Davis will host its first-round game.

Viewmont

Whichever 5A team draws the Vikings in the first round of the state tournament will get a red-hot squad. Viewmont posted an 11-1 mark in Region 5 and won its last seven league games.

Last week, the Vikings had little trouble with Bountiful, sweeping the Braves. Two of the three games were decided by seven or more runs.

On May 1, Viewmont prevailed 9-2 on the Braves’ home field. The Vikings had 11 hits and gave up just four, as the hitting, pitching and fielding were firing on all cylinders. Noah Montoya hit a double, and Hunter Tueller had six strikeouts while getting credit for the win.

Last Thursday, Viewmont wasn’t as dominant but still managed to win 4-1. The Vikings collected all of their runs by the third inning and had nine hits in the home triumph. This time it was pitcher Aaron Bredsguard who did the damage from the mound. The junior pitched a complete game and gave up just four hits.

Viewmont completed the sweep on Friday with a 19-8 rout on the road. Though the Braves made life difficult on the Vikings’ pitching staff and fielding, Viewmont had no trouble generating offense. Montoya hit a home run, while Jackson Barber, Lucas Bushey and Tyson Toller hit doubles. In all, Viewmont generated 14 hits.

Before started the state tournament on May 15, the Vikings played at Copper Hills on Monday in a matchup against the 6A Grizzlies.

Woods Cross vs. Bountiful

Only one team from Region 5 will miss out on the postseason, and Woods Cross or Bountiful could be that team.

Heading into this week’s slate of games, the two crosstown rivals met for a three-game series in the regular season finale. Woods Cross was 3-7, and the Braves were right behind at 2-7. Meanwhile, 3-6 Roy is still in danger of missing the playoffs too.

The two teams met on Tuesday and Wednesday (after our press deadline) and wrap up the region schedule on Friday at Woods Cross.

The Wildcats went 1-2 last week against Box Elder to stay out of last place. Woods Cross won last Friday 14-11, scoring all of its runs in the first three innings in a showcase of offensive fireworks. Jaxon Gines hit a triple, while teammate Matt Peay hit two doubles. Calum Seifert also contributed a double. The victory ended a three-game losing streak for the Wildcats.

Meanwhile, Bountiful enters its season wrap-up with Woods Cross on a six-game region losing streak and an eight-game skid overall.

Both Woods Cross and Bountiful reached the postseason last season.

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