Prep baseball update: Viewmont, Woods Cross atop Region 5May 12, 2023 01:03PM ● By Josh McFadden
Woods Cross Catcher Stetson Chritchley (13) tries getting a “handle” on the ball as Box Elder’s Kelton Reyes (16) makes a score. The Wildcats lost to the Bonneville Lakers in the last Inning 14-13. Photo by Roger V. Tuttle
About halfway through the region portion of the season, the Viewmont baseball team is still unblemished.
The Vikings sit at 7-0 as of our press time and sport an 11-3 record. The team’s efforts have earned it a No. 3 spot in the RPI rankings for Class 5A. Viewmont is allowing just five runs a game in region play.
This week, Viewmont faces Northridge in Region 5 action. The two teams already got together on Tuesday at Northridge in a contest that saw the Vikings run away with a 10-1 victory. Cal Miller was the winning pitcher. He allowed just three hits and had six strikeouts from the mound. It didn’t take long for Viewmont to exert its authority. The Vikings scored eight runs in the opening inning, making the Knights play catchup from there. The Vikings added two more runs in the sixth inning for insurance. Braxton Brenenstall had a home run and two RBI in the win. Cal Miller also had two RBI and added a double.
Viewmont and Northridge met again on Wednesday, after our press deadline and face one another a third time this Friday.
The Vikings had a non-region contest with Timpanogos on Monday, falling 11-1 to the state power. Last week, Viewmont took three games from Bountiful, winning 11-7, 11-3 and 9-4.
The Wildcats are 7-7 overall but 4-2 in Region 5. They have the No. 21 spot in the RPI rankings.
Woods Cross played at Bountiful on Wednesday and hosts the Redhawks on Friday. On Tuesday, the Wildcats lost to Bountiful 8-3 despite outhitting their opponent 8-7.
The week before, Woods Cross and Box Elder played a pair of high-scoring games, both of which finished with 14-13 scores. The Wildcats were on the winning end of the games on April 18, racking up 13 hits. Beckham Stanger and Gavin Shupe had big games, with both bringing in three runs. Stanger also hit a double. The following day, Woods Cross’ Max Moffat hit a double and a home run in addition to three RBI. Beau Blackwell also had three RBI, but their efforts weren’t enough to offset Box Elder’s 17 hits.
Woods Cross and Viewmont will go toe to toe in a three-game series next week.
The Redhawks currently occupy the 15th spot in the 5A RPI rankings. Bountiful is 7-7 overall and 3-4 in Region 5 games.
In Bountiful’s 8-3 win over Woods Cross on Tuesday, Easton Aubuchon was the winning pitcher, and he picked up six strikeouts too. He also had a double and two RBI from the plate. Dallin Maxwell had a double and one RBI. Bountiful and Woods Cross finish their three-game slate this week.
Last week, the Redhawks struggled with three losses to Viewmont. Yet, the team has a chance to move up the standings and RPI rankings the rest of this week against the Wildcats.
The Darts are in second place in Region 1 with a 7-3 mark. The team is 7-9 overall and 18th in Class 6A’s RPI rankings.
After going 3-0 against Clearfield a week ago, Davis is 1-1 so far this week with two more games to go. Davis fell to Fremont 5-2 on Monday but responded with a 5-4 victory over Farmington the following day. Davis had two RBI from Kaleb Weaver and a double from Carter Knight. The two teams met on Wednesday and will finish the week against one another on Friday.
The Phoenix are right below the Darts in the RPI rankings at No. 19. In region standings, the Phoenix are fifth at 6-7. Overall, they have a 7-10 mark.
Farmington started a two-game winning streak last Saturday, April 22 when it got by Weber 11-4 at home. It was nice payback for the Phoenix, which had dropped two previous games against the Warriors. In this victory, the Phoenix got many contributions, but perhaps none bigger than Mitch Nielsen. The senior hit a double and a home run in addition to bringing in five batters. Fellow senior Noah Buchmiller also had five RBI.
On Monday, Farmington defeated Layton 8-4, behind the strength of 12 hits. Beckham Smith had a double and two RBI. Brock Nixon added a double and an RBI.
In the loss on Tuesday to Davis, Farmington recorded 10 hits on the day and got a big game from Zach Quinton. The senior had two doubles and two RBI Nixon registered a double. λ