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Local teams fall in baseball playoffs as seasons come to an end

May 23, 2024 10:14AM ● By Josh McFadden

With some surprises, the 2024 high school baseball season is in the books for local Davis County teams. 

Viewmont, Woods Cross, Bountiful, Davis and Farmington each bowed out of the playoffs, as the Class 6A and Class 5A state tournaments continue through May 24 and 25. In some cases, the defeats were surprising and earlier than expected. 


For a time, the Viewmont baseball team looked to be a favorite in Class 5A. But nobody told that to Box Elder. 

The Vikings were seeded third in the 5A tournament after winning Region 5 with a 12-2 mark. The high seed earned the team a bye in the regionals and gave it home-field advantage in the best-of-three super regionals. In that round, the Vikings faced fellow Region 5 opponent Box Elder, a team they had already defeated twice during the regular season. Viewmont won 10-0 on April 8 and 11-4 on April 10. 

But in the playoffs, Box Elder turned the tables on the favored Vikings. 

After winning game one at home, 11-1 on May 16, it may have looked as though Viewmont was on its way to the next round. In that one-sided win, the Vikings only needed five innings to pick up the win. Six of the team’s runs came in the first two innings, with four more coming in the fourth. Cal Miller was the winning pitcher, striking out eight batters. Viewmont outhit Box Elder 14-3 and got doubles from Miller and Kade Marriot. Elias Culley and Marriot drove in three runs apiece in the victory. 

Viewmont wouldn’t win again this season. 

Box Elder won games two and three – both on May 17 – prevailing 6-4 and 10-0. Viewmont had a big game from pitcher Jack Owen in game two, as he struck out six batters in defeat. Game three was a rough one for the Vikings. Box Elder had 15 hits to just one for Viewmont, which finished its season with a 19-7 record. 

Woods Cross

Meanwhile, after getting by 23rd-seeded Wasatch in the regionals, Woods Cross lost a pair of games to Murray in the super regionals. 

The Wildcats were agonizingly close in both outings, falling on the road May 16 and 17 by one run each – 6-5 and 3-2. A three-run fifth inning put the Wildcats up 3-2, and they were still ahead 5-3 in the seventh inning when Murray came up to bat. However, the Spartans had three runs in the bottom of the seventh to clinch the victory. Beau Blackwell had a double and two RBI for Woods Cross in defeat. 

Game two went nine innings, as both teams had two runs in the eighth inning to make the score 2-2. After Viewmont went scoreless in the top of the ninth, Murray scored the winning run, clinching the series and ended the season for the Wildcats. Blackwell had a double and an RBI for Woods Cross, which finished the year with a 17-12 record. 

Davis vs. Farmington

Thanks to Farmington’s 2-0 series win over Westlake in the regionals May 11, 13, the super regionals saw an exciting matchup of the Phoenix and Darts. 

Davis had won Region 1 with a 12-3 record, while Farmington was 6-9 in league play, tied for fourth. The Darts had already defeated Farmington three times – in the final series of the regular season May 8 and 9 (with two games on May 9). 

The Darts 2-0 series sweep meant they beat the Phoenix five times in a row. 

Davis improved to 22-5 with the two wins, the first coming May 16 by the score of 6-3. Davis outhit Farmington 9-6 and scored four of its runs in the sixth inning. Wally Grant had two RBI in the victory, and Andrew Fillomohala was the winning pitcher. Four other Davis players had an RBI each. For Farmington, Easton Wight had a solid outing, driving in a pair of runs in defeat. 

The following day, Davis clinched the series and advanced to bracket play with a 5-3 win over Farmington. This time, Grant was big on the mound, getting the win and striking out five batters. He also hit a double and had an RBI. Max Hunter had two doubles and three RBI for Davis. Max Pearson and Caleb Hadley had RBIs for Farmington. With the loss, Farmington’s season came to an end, leaving the Phoenix with a 10-18 record. 

Davis’ season continued. 

The Darts advanced to double-elimination bracket play, but this round wasn’t as kind to them. 

Davis lost to Corner Canyon 8-6 on May 20. A six-run sixth inning for Corner Canyon was the deciding factor. Carter Garrett had a triple for Davis, while Hunter hit a double. Carter Knight and Grant had RBIs for Davis, which outhit Corner Canyon 8-7. 

With the loss, Davis’ season was on the line in a matchup with Mountain Ridge May 21. 

The Darts fell behind 5-0 in the first inning but added three of their own when they came up to bat. But Davis only managed two more runs and couldn’t overcome the early deficit. Davis’ season ended with a 22-7 record. In the final game, Hunter had a double and two RBI, while Knight had two RBI of his own. 

Davis loses some key players of this year’s group but also returns some experience and talent for the 2025 campaign. The team brings back 19 players next season as the Darts will once again look to contend in Region 1.