Spring break doesn’t keep some baseball teams from the diamondApr 15, 2022 10:38AM ● By Josh McFadden
Three local baseball teams ‘caught’ some California action last week while other sports were on spring break. Photo by Roger V. Tuttle
In Davis County, while most students were taking time off for spring break last week, some local high school baseball teams saw plenty of action on the field.
Region play took a pause for the week off school, but some non-league matchups and tournaments took place.
The Phoenix began this week with a 2-4 overall record, having finished a three-game series with Weber on April 1. On April 6, Farmington squared off with one of the state’s top teams, the Lone Peak Knights of Region 4.
Though Farmington entered the game at 5-6 and Lone Peak at 7-1, the Phoenix prevailed in an upset, 5-4. Lone Peak controlled the contest most of the way, leading 3-0 as the bottom of the sixth inning began. That’s when Farmington scored five runs to go ahead. In the seventh, the Knights managed a run, but the Phoenix allowed no more to preserve the win.
Landon Tanner was the winning pitcher, while Landon Day had two RBI and a double. Easton Wight had an RBI, and Mason Cook recorded a double. The four runs were the fewest the Phoenix had allowed since giving up just three on March 19 against Pleasant Grove.
Farmington is back in Region 1 action this week. On Thursday and Friday, the Phoenix host Clearfield before playing on the road against the same opponent on Saturday.
The Redhawks spent their spring break in sunny California, playing four games between April 2 and 6. Bountiful went 1-3 in the tournament to bring its record to 6-4 overall.
After losing to San Juan Hills 8-4 on April 4, the Redhawks suffered a 3-0 shutout at the hands of Woodbridge, California, on April 5. The Redhawks closed out the tournament with a 3-1 win over University City, California, on April 6. In the big victory, Truman Duryea provided some timely offense. The senior outfielder had a triple and an RBI. Teammate Hank Tippetts had an RBI, while pitcher Cole McSwain got the win.
Bountiful was set to take on Box Elder three times this week, with the first two contests coming on Tuesday and Wednesday, after our press time. The two teams meet up again on Friday at Bountiful.
Viewmont participated in the same four-day tournament as Bountiful. The Vikings fared a little better, too, going 2-1.
The Vikings suffered a 5-1 loss to San Clemente on April 4. But the team responded with a pair of victories, beginning with a 4-0 shutout of Universal City on April 5. The Vikings racked up a dozen hits in the triumph, scoring three of their four runs in the first inning. Cal Miller had a triple and an RBI. Vikings Jaxon Marble and Rhett Peterson also had RBIs, with Peterson contributing a double. Tate Gamble was the winning pitcher, as Viewmont surrendered just four hits.
The following day, Viewmont won again to improve its overall record to 4-2. This time it was a 9-3 win over Aliso Niguel, California. The Vikings were firing on all cylinders from the plate, collecting 12 hits. Viewmont had one run in each of the first four innings but were up just 4-2 in the bottom of the sixth inning. That’s when the Vikings scored five runs to put the game away. Miller was the winning pitcher and also had a home run and an RBI. Carter Gassaway had a double and three RBI, while Luke Jacobs hit a triple.
The Vikings were back in Utah this week taking on Region 5 foe Bonneville on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
The Wildcats joined Bountiful and Farmington in Irvine, California, last week. Woods Cross went 2-2 and began this week with a 5-4 record.
Last week, the Wildcats defeated Segerstrom, California, 7-2 before outlasting Aliso Niguel 2-1 on April 5. Woods Cross limited the opponent to just a single hit, as Harvey Vicchrilli got the win on the mound. Beau Blackwell had a double and an RBI, while teammate Blake Stanger also got an RBI.
The next day, the Wildcats fell to North View, California, 8-4. In defeat, Stanger had a double and an RBI in addition to his pitching duties. Fransisco Lovato had a triple, and Cole Smith recorded a double.
Woods Cross and Northridge were set to face one another on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday this week.λ