NORTH LOGAN — Green Canyon and Sky View split a Thursday doubleheader on the diamond by scores of 6-2 for the Wolves and 8-1 for the Bobcats.
And though the Wolves clinched the series overall thanks to a Tuesday 3-2 win and are on track for a Region 12 title, the two team’s respective moods didn’t quite reflect that after the second game.
After a quick chat with GC manager Ryan Eborn, Sky View manager Todd Phillips ran down the first base line and slid the last few feet into the outfield where his rowdy team excitedly received him for a much more lively postgame talk than usual. Eborn walked solemnly alongside his coaching staff to his team’s huddle for a long talk with the prospective region champs about their play in the series against the last-place Bobcats.
Sky View (4-15, 2-10) won’t entertain any ideas of a region title like the Wolves (16-6, 9-3) currently do. It’s far too late for that, but the feeling of ending an 11-game losing streak lifted a weight off the team’s collective shoulders.
“It feels good to get the first win in a while,” SV shortstop Taydem Neal said. “Gives us confidence going into the next series.”
Green Canyon obviously didn’t slouch the entire day, taking the first win of the day by running past the Bobcats with four combined runs in the third and fourth inning, and a two-run burst in the seventh to cap it off. The Wolves’ defense suffocated SV runners with seven Bobcats getting stranded on base at the end of innings, negating the seven hits GC pitcher Caleb Peterson allowed. Peterson himself utilized his time effectively, throwing 89 pitches in a complete seven-inning start, with four strikeouts along the way.
But Phillips used the 11th consecutive loss for the Bobcats, a game they led 2-1 after three innings, to motivate his club in the short time between games.
“The first game we kind of shot ourselves in the foot and the story of our season has been either we can’t hit or we can’t get it done,” Phillips said. “So in between games we challenged the boys: ‘this is a fight, you just got punched, you just got knocked down. Are you going to get up, are you going to do something about it or are we just cower in the corner and let them just take it to us?’”
Another motivation for the Bobcats, according to Neal, was simply who the team lined up against them was.
“Everyone just wanted to come out and beat Green Canyon,” Neal said. They’re one of the top (contenders) for region champs, so we just wanted to come out and beat them and show them who’s boss.”
The response? In the words of both Phillips and Neal, it was the first “complete game” of the season.
“Defensively, offensively, just all around we played good,” Neal said.
Neal had himself on of the games of his career, with Phillips specifically praising his play at shortstop while going 4 for 5 at the plate and scoring three runs and driving in another. Alongside him, Ryder Lundahl had a day with three hits between the two games — one of which was an RBI double — and three RBIs (and getting walked four times).
Parker Murdock led the SV defense from the mound, going the distance with three strikeouts, zero runs earned and one lone walk among 28 batters faced.
After the game, Eborn certainly wasn’t pleased with how his Wolves played, but he put the game into perspective, noting that Green Canyon has won every series in region play thus far and are “playing well” in his mind.
“Baseball’s a hard sport to play, especially a doubleheader,” Eborn said. “Even in the major leagues, they play 162 games and the best ones win 90 and they lose 70. So if you take the percentage there, I think we’re doing pretty dang good. I’m not looking at one loss, one score with a seven-run differential and thinking anything into it.”
Eborn also pointed out that Green Canyon remains at the top of Region 12. The Wolves hold a tiebreaker over second-place Mountain Crest with one series to play against Bear River, the third place team. Eborn likely conveyed similar message to his team in the postgame talk, as the first-place Wolves finished the discussion with a team cheer that ended with the words “region champs.”
Payton Jones doubles in both games for the Wolves, who got hits apiece from Jones, Brock Rindlisbacher and Tanner Watson in Game 1 of the twinbill.
BEARS 10, GRIZZLIES 3
The two teams picked up in the third inning where they left off after play was suspended due to lightning on Wednesday. Both sides effectively started over with new pitchers, but little changed in the end.
The Bears (14-7, 7-4) went into suspended play up 3-0 and finished with a seven-run win on 12 hits. The Grizzlies were able to rattle off eight hits in the game, two of which were extra base hits (a pair of doubles), but didn’t convert those into runs outside of a three-run sixth inning.
Four different Bears recorded multi-hit days. Carson Day had an impressive stat line with two RBIs and two runs, while going 3 for 4 at the plate. Wyatt Roholt, Kelton Summers and Easton Lish each had two hits and combined for five RBIs.
Jaden Shumway had the best day from the batters box for Logan, with a perfect on base percentage and a 3 for 3 overall mark — one being a double. Logan’s five other hits were spread across five different players.