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Davis’ perfect start highlights local teams
by JOSH McFADDEN
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KAYSVILLE--During their 5-0 start to the baseball season, the Davis Darts have met little resistance. Now the real test of consistency begins as region play gets underway. 

Last week the Darts continued their dominance with two more victories. On March 14, Davis eased past Northridge 8-4 in a game that wasn’t as close as the final score would indicate. The Darts registered 13 hits, and Northridge recorded all four of its runs during the seventh and final inning. 

Up 1-0 after two innings, the Darts began to open things up in the third with a trio of runs. From there, the team cruised, ultimately holding off a furious Northridge rally. Jaxon Knight was the winning pitcher, and Ben Rigby and Dom Fuller each hit doubles in the win.

Last Friday at Grantsville, the Darts’ defense was on display in a 9-1 rout. Behind Fuller’s excellent pitching, Davis gave up a single hit and surrendered just one run, in the fourth inning. The Darts had 10 hits of their own, including a pair of home runs—one by Jackson Marler and another from Tate Larsen. Knight and Stockton Hall each contributed doubles. 

Davis’ first region test is a three-game series with Hunter. The Darts played at Hunter on Tuesday and hosted the Wolverines on Wednesday; both games were after our press deadline. Davis returns to Hunter on Friday.

VIEWMONT/BOUNTIFUL

The Vikings also started their region schedule on Tuesday and Wednesday, after our press deadline. Viewmont opened up with West, first with a road game, followed by a contest at home. The team goes back to West on Friday.

To prepare for league play, Viewmont had a pair of games last week, resulting in a win and a loss. On March 14, the Vikings came up short against crosstown rival Bountiful 8-5 on the road. Viewmont recorded all of its runs in the fifth inning, otherwise struggling in a game in which it had just three hits. Bountiful meanwhile had 10 hits and prevailed despite making three errors. Catcher Thomson was a bright spot at the plate, smacking a double for his club. 

For Bountiful, Hayden Jung teamed with Kade Burningham for a stellar performance on the mound. Jung also hit a double, as did Isaac Parry and Spencer Jorgensen.

The Vikings regrouped March 16 at Roy in an 8-3 win. Once again, the fifth inning was kind to Viewmont, picking up five runs. However, in this game, the Vikings also scored in the first and sixth innings. They also held the opposition to just four hits. 

Individually, the Vikings got doubles from Josh Erickson, Lucas Bushey and Nate Embrey. Hunter Tueller was the winning pitcher. 

The Vikings began league play with a 2-1 record.

Bountiful began league play on Tuesday with the three-game series against Box Elder.

WOODSCROSS

Last year, the Wildcats mowed over its region foes after had some ups and down in non-league action. The team hopes for a repeat this season.

Woods Cross opened its Region 5 schedule March 21 at Bonneville after a 2-3 start to the season. Four of the five games were played during a two-day span last week at the Kent Garrett Dixie Sunshine Classic in Southern Utah, March 17, 18.

Last Friday, the Wildcats’ bats were hot in a 17-5 win over Hurricane. Later that day, fellow 4A power Springville outlasted the Wildcats 12-6. A six-run fifth inning was the difference for Springville. 

On Saturday, Woods Cross once again went 1-1, edging Mountain View 7-5 and coming up short against tournament host Dixie 8-7.

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