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From the Sidelines: Something in the water
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Shain Gillet, Clipper Sports Editor
Shain Gillet, Clipper Sports Editor
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By SHAIN GILLET

Clipper Sports Editor

BOUNTIFUL — There must be something in the water of the baseball players outside of Davis, Weber and other northern Utah counties.

Anyone who decided to travel north to Lindquist Field in Ogden on Friday and Saturday for the All-Star Games must have seen it for themselves.

During the best-of-the-best tournament, teams from the south end of the state swept the 3A, 4A, and 5A games yet again. They have done it it for three years now.

In the 3A game, which I saw the last two innings of, saw a total of 31 runs scored in a 19-12 victory for the South team this year.

The 5A game came next, and although the South team was held to just 10 runs, they only allowed the North to score a pair of runs on six hits.

The 4A game went from a scoring feast to a slaughter as the South once again prevailed in a 20-8 drubbing over the North.

It’s been a pattern seen over the last few years, too. Last year’s 5A game saw the South beat the North 11-6 after the North team failed to hold a 6-0 lead after four innings.

The 4A game was a little closer, however. The South still won the game 7-4. The South were victorious in the 3A game.

None of those teams had Davis County locals on them, either.

It kind of begs the question: just what exactly is in the water in those southern Utah high schools?

I’ve been sitting at this desk as Sports Editor for the past three high school sports seasons. My third anniversary with the title doesn’t come until August, but those who have read this column know that I’ve been involved with the Clipper on and off for the past five years.

The addition of our sister paper, The Islander, has allowed me to also follow a few more high schools in our county, where I’ve seen and heard some of the best stories to come across my desk in that time.

However, I haven’t seen such a lopsided score in a baseball game since the Texas Rangers scored 30 runs in nine innings some two years ago now.

Those other schools in the south end of Utah must have some kind of baseball bug in the water somewhere. The evidence of the past few seasons has proven that to be true.

Since the beginning of the 5A class in 1993, not one Davis County baseball team has a state title in its hands.

Team’s like Alta, American Fork, Spanish Fork and Lone Peak have been piling up the 5A baseball crowns. In the 4A ranks, the last Davis County team to win a baseball title was Bountiful in 1988.

Viewmont also has a few 4A titles, which came before the creation of the 5A classification.

Those other teams have sure made it tough to nab a state title, as any coach will tell you.

This year, Woods Cross and Bountiful once again found themselves in and out of the playoffs early, and Davis and Viewmont suffered the same fate.

Last year was a carbon copy, as most of the local teams were eliminated before the semifinals.

The pattern has continued in past years as well, as most teams have gone “two-and-out” once they get into the 4A or 5A bracket.

I’m not really sure what’s in the water once you get past Davis County. But if I were you, I might think about making a few “sight-seeing” trips through Southern Utah in the next few months.

Don’t forget to take a few sips, either.

sgillet@davisclipper.com
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