Local baseball teams excelling so far in Region 5 playMay 06, 2022 10:54AM ● By Josh McFadden
Davis centerfielder Easton Baggett snags a fly ball to retire the side, but the Darts lost to Farmington 2-1. Photo by Roger V. Tuttle
There’s still plenty of action left in the high school baseball season, but at this point, a trio of local squads are at the top of Region 5.
Through six games, Woods Cross is a perfect 6-0 in region play, with Bountiful and Viewmont sporting 5-1 records in region games. Nine games are left on the region slate. Then, the state tournament will begin based on RPI rankings.
The Wildcats were 11-4 overall when this week began. In their first six region contests, they outscored foes 81-29.
Last week’s games were offensive wonders.
Woods Cross scored 49 runs in three games against Bonneville, amassing at least 11 in each game. On April 19, the Wildcats lit up the scoreboard in a 25-4 blowout of the Lakers. Woods Cross did all of its damage in just five innings, piling up 14 runs in the first inning alone. Nine more runs came in the third inning, as the Wildcats had 17 hits. Dylan Williams, Blake Stanger, Cole Smith and Jack Bell each had doubles. Dax Weierman added a triple, while Bell and Taylor Ayala each had three RBIs.
The following day, Woods Cross put up 13 runs in a 13-2 victory. Woods Cross had 12 hits and scored runs in every inning of play. But the big story of this game was how the Wildcats hit an eye-opening four home runs in the contest. Weierman, Stanger, Max Moffat and Francisco Lovato each hit it over the fence, with Weierman also hitting a triple and an RBI. Moffat and Lovato also had two RBIs, while Ayala had two doubles.
The Wildcats completed the three-game sweep of Bonneville on April 21 with a much closer 11-6 win. For the first time in the series, Woods Cross found itself down early, trailing 5-1 in the second inning. But Woods Cross rallied and outscored the Wildcats 10-1 the rest of the way. The Wildcats outhit the Lakers 9-8 and committed just one error. Harley Vicchrilli was the winning pitcher. Stanger stood out at the plate again. He belted two home runs in this game and had five RBI. Weierman had a home run and two RBIs. Ayala added a triple.
On Monday, Woods Cross had a 9-6 non-region win over Syracuse. The rest of the week saw the Wildcats facing Box Elder on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.
The Redhawks went 2-1 against Northridge last week to move to 11-5 overall. Each game was decided by three runs or fewer.
Game one on April 19 was a 9-6 victory for Bountiful. The sixth inning for the Redhawks was a huge one. They trailed 6-5 in the bottom of the sixth but rallied to score four innings and secure the win. Hank Tippetts had three RBI and a double. Carson Webster added a double and two RBIs.
On April 20, the two teams battled to a low-scoring game, with Bountiful winning 3-1. The Redhawks got off to a 2-0 lead after the first inning and held on the rest of the way. Drew Bowles had a home run and an RBI, and Truman Duryea had a triple.
Bountiful suffered its first loss of region play on April 21, falling to Northridge 8-5. The Redhawks got a double from Duryea and a pair of RBIs from Dallin Maxwell and Bowles.
This week, the Redhawks and Viewmont played Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.
Speaking of the Vikings, they entered this week with a 9-4 overall record. A week ago, they went 2-1 against Box Elder. Like Bountiful, Viewmont won its first two games but dropped game three.
Viewmont defeated Box Elder 9-4 on April 19, largely behind a 5-0 fifth inning. Luke Jacobs hit a home run in the victory and contributed two RBIs as well.
The second game, on April 20, was a one-sided affair, with Viewmont cruising 13-3. The game only went five innings, as Viewmont scored in every inning and put up five runs in the third and four more in the fifth. Gatlin Solomon was the winning pitcher. He also hit a double and had an RBI. Cal Miller had a double and three RBIs.
On April 21, Box Elder got revenge by defeating Viewmont. In a road game for the Vikings, they were held without a run after the third inning. Miller had a double and an RBI.
Farmington and Davis
In Region 1, the Phoenix and Darts already have 12 region games in the books, each winning seven and losing five. Farmington and Davis are behind 9-0 Fremont in the standings. The Phoenix are 11-7 overall, while Davis begins this week at 9-9.
Last week, the two Davis County rivals faced one another in a three-game series. Farmington won two of the contests, both on the road.
In the first game, Farmington blanked the Darts 12-0 on April 19. The Phoenix racked up nine of their 12 runs in the third inning. Landon Tanner was the winning pitcher in the shutout, as Farmington allowed just two hits. Meanwhile, Farmington had 10 hits, and the Darts committed three errors. Luke Workman hit a home run and had two RBIs, while Mason Cook added a home run and drove in four runs.
Davis regrouped with a 10-6 win on April 20. This time, Davis outhit Farmington 10-6, as Trey Talbot, Walker Jensen and Tyson Elkins each hit doubles. Elkins also had three RBIs. Cook had another home run for Farmington, and he added a double as well.
On April 21, the two teams played to a much lower-scoring 2-1 game, with the Phoenix prevailing in eight innings. Their run in the top of the eighth proved to be the game winner. Park Romney had a double for Farmington. Jonny Leishman had an RBI for Davis.
This week, the Phoenix played Layton on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Davis, meanwhile, took on Fremont on those same days. λ