Winners of nine straight and 14 of its last 15 games entering Wednesday afternoon’s game against Syracuse, all Davis needed was one more win to secure the Region 1 title along with a top seed in the 5A baseball tournament, which starts Tuesday.
And thanks to a strong pitching performance by Tyler Hall, and some great defensive play behind him, the Darts were able to out-duel the Titans 2-1 to claim the Region 1 crown and the team’s 19th win of the season.
The Darts, who had nine hits in their first game win over the Titans Tuesday, scratched across their pair of runs on just four hits. Their first-inning run was followed by a game-leading run in the fourth inning that broke a 1-1 tie after Syracuse scratched across a run in the top of the fourth inning.
On the mound, Tyler Hall was pitching to contact while letting his defense get the job done behind him. Hall struck out six hitters and not allowing a walk while he and the defense allowed just two Syracuse hits. Hall also allowed one unearned run in the win.
Defensively, the play of the game ¬–and possibly the series— was made by Corby Fuhriman in the seventh inning when he tracked down what looked like a sure extra-base hit by Titan designated hitter Brandon Hammond. Leading off the inning, Hammond hit a high fly ball that would have landed over Fuhriman’s head had he not made diving effort at the ball. Fuhriman’s catch proved to be a game-changing effort as Hall shut down the door to finish the game.
Fuhriman also had an RBI-single that scored the first of Davis’ pair of runs in the game.
The win for Davis marked the Darts’ 10th straight and 15 of its’ last 16 games overall. A win Friday would make Davis the third team in 5A to reach 20 wins on the season next to Region 4’s Bingham and American Fork. Should they get the win, the Darts would reach 20 wins in the fewest amount of games played.
The final game of the series will be played Thursday afternoon at Syracuse High School at 3 p.m.