Woods Cross, Bountiful, Viewmont finish 1-2-3 in Region 5 baseballMay 12, 2022 11:03AM ● By Josh McFadden
Bountiful second baseman Kaisan Averett (10) goes for the grounder while Woods Cross’ Micah Mortensen hurries back to the bag in the Redhawks’ 5-1 win. Photo by Roger V. Tuttle
The Class 5A and 6A state baseball tournaments begin this Saturday, and don’t be surprised if some Davis County teams make an impact.
In Region 5, Woods Cross, Bountiful and Viewmont finished at the top. As of our press deadline, the teams had one more game to play in the regular season and awaited playoff seeding results.
With one more game to play on May 11 at Viewmont, the 11-3 Wildcats were first in Region 5. Woods Cross was 17-7 overall heading into its final contest.
The Wildcats would have run away with Region 5 had they not stumbled twice last week against Bountiful. The Redhawks defeated Woods Cross twice, 8-7 on May 3 and 5-1 on May 6. In between those defeats, Woods Cross beat Bountiful 10-2 on May 4. The Wildcats scored seven runs in the final two innings and outhit Bountiful 10-3. Dax Weierman hit a home run and had four RBI in the victory, while Blake Stanger added a home run and an RBI. Max Moffat and Taylor Ayala contributed doubles.
This week has been an important one for the Wildcats. A pair of wins over Viewmont kept the team atop Region 5. Woods Cross won 4-1 on Monday, as Micah Mortensen hit a triple and drove in two runs. Weierman and Ayala added doubles. On Tuesday, the Wildcats prevailed 14-3, amassing 13 hits in the process. Mortensen hit another triple and drove in a run. Ayala registered a double and had three RBI, while Stanger also hit a double and contributed two RBIs.
On Wednesday, the two teams squared off in the regular season finale. A Woods Cross win would earn it an outright league crown. Even with a loss, the Wildcats could win the championship, depending on how Bountiful fared in its final game. Woods Cross was assured no less than a share of the region title.
Speaking of the Redhawks, their two wins over Woods Cross last week propelled them near the top of the region standings. As of Wednesday, they were 10-4 in league play and 16-8 overall.
Bountiful’s 8-7 win on May 3 saw the team score five of its runs in the second inning. Drew Beck was the big offensive star. The senior hit a home run and a double, and he also drove in a pair of runs. Curtis Cook, Hank Tippetts and James Jordan each had doubles, with Tippetts bringing in three Bountiful runs.
When the Redhawks defeated Woods Cross 5-1 on May 6, they limited the Wildcats to just four hits. They also scored all five of their runs in the first three innings. Truman Duryea hit a home run and had an RBI. Teammate Kaisan Averett hit a triple and had an RBI.
This hit has been a successful one on the scoreboard for Bountiful. It easily defeated Bonneville in two contests, first winning 20-1 on Monday and then 12-2 on Tuesday. Both games only needed to go five innings. In the first win, Bountiful had 15 hits. Dallin Maxwell hit two doubles and drove in five runs. Cook and Averett each had doubles. In win No. 2 over Bonneville, Bountiful put the game away with six runs in the fourth inning. Five Redhawks hit doubles, led by Averett and Tippetts, who each had two. Drew Bowles and Beck each had triples.
The Redhawks and Bonneville met on Wednesday for the final game of the regular season. A Bountiful win and a Woods Cross loss to Viewmont would give the Redhawks a share of the region title.
The Vikings were 9-5 heading into the finale against Woods Cross, good enough for third place in the region.
Viewmont’s losses to Woods Cross this week followed a 2-1 week against Northridge. All three games were close, with the Vikings prevailing 12-11 on May 3 (in nine innings) and 9-4 on May 6. They lost to Northridge by a narrow 7-6 score on May 4. In the first win, Tate Gamble and Luke Jacobs hit triples and had two RBI for Viewmont. In the second win, Jaxon Marble hit a double and had three RBIs.
The Vikings closed out the regular season on Wednesday against Woods Cross and await their postseason opponent.
The Phoenix placed second in Region 1 at 12-6, well behind undefeated Fremont.
Last week, Farmington swept Syracuse, winning 12-2 on May 3, 11-4 on May 4 and 9-3 on May 6. On Tuesday, the Phoenix fell to Cottonwood 11-7 in a non-region game to wrap up the season.
In the second win over Syracuse last week, Jack Hansen and Tucker Wall each had triples. Hansen also brought in four runs. The third win of the week came in dramatic fashion. With the score tied at 3-3 at the end of the seventh inning, neither team managed a run in the eighth. Then, in the ninth inning, Farmington exploded for six runs to win going away. Wall hit a triple and had two RBIs.
Right behind Farmington in Region 1 were the Davis Darts. Davis was 9-8 with one more game on Wednesday at Clearfield.
Last week, the Darts did what every other Region 1 team has done: lose to Fremont. Davis fell 15-1, 6-5 and 6-0 in the contests but rebounded this week with victories over Clearfield. Davis prevailed 14-1 on Monday, as Easton Baggett hit a triple and drove in two runs. Colten Baron was the winning pitcher. On Tuesday, Davis had a tougher time with the Falcons but outlasted them 8-5. Baggett and Wally Grant each had two RBI. λ