by Josh McFadden
As the prep baseball regular season inches closer to the end, region races are heating up. Davis and Viewmont are currently in good position to secure high seeds in the postseason, while Bountiful and Woods Cross are looking to improve their places in the standings.
The Darts entered the week with a 9-3 record in Region 1 and winners of four of their last five games. That lone loss came at the end of a three-game series with Clearfield last Friday by the count of 3-2.
In that contest, Davis held a narrow 2-1 lead when Clearfield came up to bat in the bottom of the seventh. But the Falcons picked up a pair of runs to eek out the win. In defeat, Zach Hoskins hit a home run—the senior’s fourth of the season.
Davis defeated Clearfield in the previous two games last week. First, on April 17, the Darts committed five errors but made up for it with excellent pitching and fielding, holding Clearfield to just two hits. The following day, Davis prevailed 12-6 behind the strength of 13 hits. Sophomore sensation Garrett Larson belted two home runs to help power his squad to its ninth win in Region 1. The two victories were huge, as it kept Davis a game up on Clearfield in the standings.
The Vikings suffered their first loss in league play last week when they fell to Roy 5-4 on April 17.
The Vikings righted the ship in their next two performances against Roy, though. On April 18, they outhit the Royals 9-6 in a 5-2 victory. Tyson Toller registered a double, and pitcher junior pitcher Aaron Bredsguard was credited with the victory.
Last Friday, Viewmont enjoyed a 4-1 win. Cameron Barson got this win, while Lucas Bushey hit a triple.
At 2-4, the Braves began the week tied for third with Roy with a 2-4 record. Bountiful finished last week with three losses to Box Elder to bring its overall record to 4-12.
All three games against Box Elder last week went down to the wire. First, on April 17, Bountiful amassed an impressive 15 hits but surrendered 16 in a 12-11 loss. Isaac Parry had a stellar outing in a losing cause. The junior had two home runs, while teammates Bridger Freestone, Cooper Ohlson and Luke Stout each hit doubles.
The next day, the Braves suffered another heartbreaker, falling at home 6-4. Both teams had nine hits, but Box Elder’s two runs in the seventh inning were the difference. Game three last Friday was another offensive showcase. The teams combined for 29 hits and 33 runs, as Box Elder prevailed in a football-like score, 17-16. Bountiful was big on the long ball, hitting three home runs—one each from Freestone, Parry and Mason Farr.
It’s been a challenging season for the Wildcats, who began the week with a winless record in region play. The Wildcats were 3-13 overall.
Woods Cross only saw action once last week—an 8-4 loss to Region 1 opponent Northridge. Calum Seifert hit a home run for Woods Cross.
The Wildcats had three games scheduled with Roy this week, as they looked to pick up their first victory since beating Soquel, California, in an out-of-state tournament on March 31.