What spring break? Local baseball teams were in actionApr 08, 2021 11:49AM ● By Josh McFadden
It’s one of the most highly anticipated weeks of the year for a high-schooler, but not all student-athletes took it easy or went on vacation for spring break. Local baseball teams were in action last week, some in region games.
The Darts played three times last week, falling in each game in close fashion. Two of these were Region 1 defeats at the hands of Northridge.
Davis first lost to Skyridge March 30 by the count of 11-10. In this high-scoring affair, Davis led 10-3 going into Skyridge’s at-bat in the fifth inning. That’s when Skyridge went on a tear, amassing six runs and taking control of the game. Davis didn’t score the rest of the way, and Skyridge added two runs. Mike Wendt had two doubles, a triple and four RBI in a losing cause. Benson Seeley had three RBIs.
The first region game, April 1 at home against Northridge, was another one-run loss for Davis. The Darts fell 9-8, once again surrendered a sizable lead. Davis was up 8-2 after three innings and still had an 8-3 advantage going into the final inning. Jake Maw hit a home run, and Owen Murdock had a double and three RBIs.
In the rematch, the next day at Northridge, Davis found itself down 13-5 heading into the seventh inning. In its last at-bat, Davis made a valiant comeback, scoring five runs to narrow the gap. But Northridge closed the game and sealed the 13-10 win. Seven Darts had RBIs, led by Trey Talbot, who recorded three.
Davis entered this week with an 0-2 mark in Region 1 and an overall record of 4-6. The Darts play at Layton on Thursday and host the Lancers on Friday.
Region 5 play still hasn’t started, but the Wildcats got in a game on March 31, taking care of Orem 6-2 to run their record to 5-2 on the season.
The Wildcats outhit the Tigers 8-3 and had no errors. Blake Stanger was the winning pitcher; he also had a double and an RBI. Micah Mortensen had two RBIs for Woods Cross.
This week, the team hosted Herriman on Wednesday and next play at Taylorsville on Friday.
Not far behind Woods Cross with a 4-2 record so far on the year, the Braves were off last week. However, the team has a busy schedule this week.
Bountiful was slated to host Green Canyon on Tuesday (weather permitting) and Riverton on Wednesday, both after our press deadline. On Friday, the Braves play at Brighton, followed by a contest at Carbon on Saturday.
The Phoenix have played the most games of any Region 5 team, despite having just one contest last week. That was an 11-0 shutout of Region 1’s Weber on March 31. With the blowout victory, Farmington improved to 6-3 overall.
In the win, the Phoenix racked up an impressive 14 hits and allowed just one. Pitching was a big reason why, but the team also had solid fielding. Complementing the defensive effort was a strong performance from the plate. It was Farmington’s fourth double-digit run tally of the season.
On Wednesday, the Phoenix hosted Pleasant Grove. The team’s first Region 5 game is next week.
The Vikings’ lone game last week was on March 29. Unfortunately for Viewmont, it went the way too many outings have gone so far. Viewmont lost at home to Layton 6-0, dropping the team to 2-7.
Viewmont had just three hits in the loss. It was the second-straight game in which the Vikings couldn’t manage a run. This week, Viewmont was to play at Clearfield on Tuesday if the snow melted in time, and that game was after our press deadline.