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PROVIDENCE — For the first time in their Region 12 baseball series, Mountain Crest and Green Canyon didn’t go to extra innings.

Nevertheless, there was still plenty of drama and excitement as the two teams wrapped up their three-game series on a beautiful Friday afternoon at Max L. Johnson Memorial Field.

There were a few significant momentum changes before the Mustangs plated six runs in the top of the seventh to rally past the Wolves, 12-7, to claim the series, 2-1. Mountain Crest (5-13, 5-7) is now one win or one loss by either Green Canyon (3-17, 2-10) or Logan away from clinching a playoff berth with three region games remaining.

The Mustangs were very patient at the plate in their breakthrough seventh inning as they scored their six runs on four walks, two hits, one hit batsman and a Green Canyon error.

“There for a few weeks we were not selective, and our hitters were getting themselves out early in the count, so they have been working the count a lot better (as of late) and are getting some pitches to hit in a hitter’s count,” MC head coach Stephen Hansen said.

Jase Burbank highlighted Mountain Crest’s big inning when he roped a base knock to the outfield. The ball eluded Green Canyon’s center fielder, clearing the bases and giving the designated visitors a 10-7 lead.

“I felt pretty good to finally hit a ball hard,” Burbank said. “You know, at the beginning of the game I struck out on a pitch that I was just kind of guessing on, but I decided to scoot up closer to the pitcher in the front of the box and find a pitch I could drive and hit it hard.”

Burbank also made a few big defensive plays from his third-base position, including snaring a laser of a shot by Trave Jenson with two outs and the bases loaded in the bottom of the sixth to keep the Mustangs within striking distance. Mountain Crest shortstop Brady Hall made several outstanding defensive plays, as did Green Canyon counterpart Jaren Hale.

“Our defense was really good today,” Hansen said. “You know, Brady played a great shortstop. He made a bunch of great plays, and we caught some fly balls when needed. And Hayden Simper battled on the mound. He didn’t have his best stuff today, but he gave it his all and kept us in the ballgame.”

The Wolves were sharp offensively Friday as they enjoyed a 12-8 edge in hits and racked up six well-struck doubles by five different players. Jaxon Hill laced a pair of two-baggers down the right field line, while Brock Rindlisbacher, Tanner Watson, Payton Jones and Hale all doubled once.

“We’re really encouraged because it seems like with each plate appearance they’re getting more and more confident and they’re starting to take what the pitcher’s going to give them, and are working a lot of hitting the ball to all fields,” GC interim head coach Rick Thorne said. “And our mentality at the plate is getting better. ... It’s been fun to see them make strides from game to game.”

Unfortunately for the Wolves, they did leave 12 runners on base, including eight in scoring position. Meanwhile, the Mustangs only stranded five.

In addition to Hill, Mason Hawkins and Rindlisbacher had two base knocks apiece for Green Canyon. Reece Hansen scored a pair of runs. Eight different Wolves recorded at least one hit and everybody reached base at least once.

“We had a lot of good at-bats (in this series), especially in this game,” Hill said. “We got robbed a lot. We had a lot of hard-hit balls that just went right to them, but I think that’s good for the future to know that we can compete and we will compete with good teams, and we won’t give up.”

Cameron Moser and Simper had two hits each for the Mustangs, and Simper drove in three runs and scored twice. Tadon Burbank plated a pair of runs, as did teammate Nate Coombs, who lofted a solo home run over the 350-foot sign in left-center in the second frame.

Riverhawks 8, Grizzlies 7

Ridgeline (10-9, 8-4) stranded 11 base runners, but came up with enough clutch hits to hold off Logan (3-16, 2-10) at home and swept the three-game series with the Grizzlies.

Dax Purser shined at the plate for the Riverhawks, who kept pace with Bear River for second place in the region standings. Purser went 3 for 4 with five RBIs. No. 17 had a RBI triple in the first inning and a pair of two-run singles — the second of which put Ridgeline up 8-6 in the bottom of the fifth.

Kyson Bott finished with a trio of hits and runs for the Riverhawks, who got two hits and two runs from Griffen Fullmer and two RBIs from Mason Bowler.

“There were a number of positives and negatives, but I’m very happy that we came out on top,” RHS head coach Alex Hansen said. “I’m glad to see some guys step up and make some big plays in a tight game.”

Logan played six of its runs in the top of the fourth. Kade Rice and Alex Ballot belted two-run homers for the Grizzlies, who also got a triple from Mack Smith in that inning. Chris Shopbell scored twice for the visitors.

Bears 16, Bobcats 5 (6)

Bear River amassed 17 hits, including six of the extra-base variety, to beat Sky View (16-3, 11-1) at home and snap the Bobcats’ 14-game winning streak.

Wyatt Roholt doubled, homered and drove in three runs for the Bears (13-8, 8-4). Max Madsen contributed with a trio of hits and a pair of RBIs for Bear River, while Tyke Nessen and Parker Coombs combined to score six times.

Parker Murdock singled twice and drove in one run for the Bobcats, who got doubles from Chris Broadbent and Koebe Wilson.

“I mean, it’s awesome when you can have that kind of a winning streak, especially in baseball, because usually you get some bad bounces here and there or things that just don’t go your way one day and you end up losing,” SV head coach Todd Phillips said. “And so we were fortunate and the boys worked hard to be able to get to that point.”

Preston swept

Preston traveled to Pocatello and dropped a pair of contests to its district rival. The Gate City Indians (7-6 district) won the first game, 6-2, and rolled in the nightcap, 13-3, in five innings.

Poky plated five of its runs in the bottom of the fourth in Game 1. Otherwise, Preston pitcher Isaiah Smith did a stellar job. He only gave up five hits in six innings and has been Preston’s most consistent pitcher as of late.

The Franklin County Indians (5-11 district) scored both of their runs in the top of the seventh — the first on a single by Alex Hansen. Matt Daniels doubled for Preston in that game.

Pocatello plated four runs in the first and five in the third to take control in the nightcap. The hosts racked up 17 base knocks.

Preston finished with five hits, including triples by Hansen and Daniels, and a double by Dillon Haslem. The visitors scored all of its runs in the third frame.

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Jason Turner is a sports reporter for The Herald Journal. He can be reached at jturner@hjnews.com or 435-792-7237.

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