Viewmont baseball leading Region 5 teams in RPI standingsMay 15, 2023 10:42AM ● By Josh McFadden
The class 5A state baseball tournament begins May 13, meaning there is precious little time for teams to improve their playoff positioning.
In Region 5, Viewmont is in first place sporting a 9-1 record. The Vikings are also 14-4. Most critically, the Vikings are fifth in the RPI rankings, which will determine playoff seeding and matchups. The playoffs begin with best-of-three series, followed by bracket play.
Viewmont had a busy schedule last week, going 4-1. This included a non-region loss at Timpanogos on April 24, 11-1, and a non-region victory over Farmington on April 29, 11-5. Viewmont also had a three-game sweep of Northridge, defeating the Knights on April 25, 26 and 28. In a 6-0 win on April 28, Viewmont got a double and a triple from Cal Miller. He also had an RBI, while Siona Faemani hit a double and had three RBI. On April 26, Viewmont exploded for 19 hits in an 18-9 victory, getting 10 runs in the fifth inning alone. Braxton Brenenstall had five RBI, and Logan Skidmore hit a triple.
This week started out with a 3-1 loss at home to Woods Cross. The two teams will complete their three-game series with games on Wednesday and Friday, the latter being on Viewmont’s home field. Viewmont will complete the regular season next week with three games against Bonneville.
The Redhawks are at 16th in the RPI standings in 5A. They are 10-8 overall and 5-5 in Region 5 as of our press time.
This week, Bountiful faces Bonneville in three games. The first was on Tuesday, which saw the Redhawks win in a 16-7 slugfest. Bountiful collected 17 hits in the win, with Easton Aubuchon getting three RBI and hitting a triple. Seven other Redhawks had at least one RBI, with three players batting in two runs.
Bountiful also shut out Granger 8-0 on Monday in a home non-region game. Aubuchon got the win as the pitcher and also had six strikeouts. Hank Tippetts, Kolten Sager and Kaisan Averett each had a double.
Last week, Bountiful went 2-1 against Woods Cross. A 19-10 loss on April 28 may have been a downer, but it still featured a strong outing from Dallin Maxwell. The senior had two home runs and three RBI. On April 16, the Redhawks beat Woods Cross 5-2 in much more defensive contest. Tavis Danner was the winning pitcher, and he had six strikeouts as well. TJ Dalke had a triple.
The Wildcats are right on Bountiful’s heels in the RPI rankings at No. 17. Woods Cross is 9-10 overall and 6-4 in Region 5 games as of our press time.
In the Wildcats’ big win over Viewmont on Tuesday, the Vikings had just two hits. Winning pitcher Harely Vicchrilli came up big with 11 strikeouts. From the plate, Kason Lythgoe had a home home run. The two teams will play twice more this week.
Woods Cross fell at Crimson Cliffs 12-3 in a non-region game on April 29. The Wildcats were 1-2 against Bountiful a week ago but had an impressive showing on April 18 with a 19-10 victory. The Wildcats collected 16 hits in the win, as several players had notable offensive performances. Gavin Shupe had a home run and three RBI. Max Moffat hit a triple and a double to go along with five RBI. Beau Blackwell had a double and a pair of RBI. λ