The Royals certainly made them sweat it out, but the regular season Northern Utah League champions were up to the challenge.

Providence jumped out to a 4-0 lead before holding off Logan, 4-3, in Game 1 of their NUL Playoff series on Wednesday night at Max L. Johnson Memorial Field.

The Royals had runners on first and second with one out in the top of the seventh before closer Jed Jensen induced a infield fly and catcher Jory Jensen gunned out a Logan runner at first to slam the door.

Providence put a three-spot on the scoreboard in the bottom of the first on a three-run homer by Jed Jensen over the fence in center. The veteran left-handed batter drove in his fourth run of the game on a double one inning later.

Logan pulled two runs back in the third frame on RBI singles by Braydon Anderson and Doug Anthony. The Royals then pared their deficit to 4-3 on a sacrifice fly to left field by Tanner Richardson, scoring Anthony.

Anthony and Cade Capener each had a pair of singles for Logan. Capener also walked and scored a run. Cody Godfrey pitched all six innings for the Royals, allowed eight hits, struck out six and issued four free passes.

In addition to Jed Jensen, Jarrett Hunt contributed with two base knocks for the Wolverines. Braxton Pond doubled and scored twice, while Hunter Porritt also doubled.

Craig Brimhall earned the win on the mound as he pitched the first five innings for the Wolverines and scattered four singles, fanned seven and walked one.

Logan will attempt to keep its season alive when it hosts Providence on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

Grays 6, Blue Sox 5

Likewise, it was a nailbiter in the opener of the other NUL semifinal series. Gate City jumped out to a 4-1 lead and held off visiting Smithfield. The Blue Sox had runners on the corners when the game ended.

Smithfield plated three runs in the top of the sixth to pull even at 4-4, but Gate City responded with two runs in the home half of the frame. The Blue Sox scored once in the seventh inning on a RBI single by Zach Hansen to make things very interesting before the Grays slammed the door.

Scott Madsen had three of Smithfield’s first four hits and ended up going 4 for 4 with a double and two runs. Hansen singled and doubled for the Blue Sox, who outhit the Grays, 10-6.

A two-out, two-run error proved costly for the Blue Sox in the bottom of the third. The Grays ended up scoring three runs in the inning — the final one on a RBI single by Chase Barrera, who finished with a trio of base knocks and RBIs.

Dawson Barson came through with a two-out, two-run single for Smithfield in the aforementioned sixth inning. Brock Rindlisbacher had a RBI single earlier in the frame.

The Blue Sox host the Grays in a must-win contest Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

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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.