Bear River threw a wrench into the Region 12 baseball title race with its 10-0 thumping of Green Canyon Wednesday in North Logan.
The Wolves began the day in first place in the region, but Wednesday’s result creates a three-way tie at the top of the league standings involving Green Canyon, Bear River and Mountain Crest.
After two scoreless innings from both teams, Bear River (16-7, 9-4 region) reeled off six runs in the third and three in the fourth. In the bottom of the fifth, Kelton Summers hit a walk-off RBI single that put the game at 10-0 and ended the game early via the mercy rule.
Green Canyon (16-7, 9-4), normally sound on defense, committed three errors in the third inning alone, contributing to the six-run burst from the Bears. Dewey Panter pitched three innings in relief of Reece Hansen and gave up nine of the 10 runs — three earned — and eight hits with just two strikeouts.
Summers led the Bears overall from the plate with a 3 for 4 performance with three RBIs. Carson Day also drove in three runners, going 2 for 3 and scoring a pair of runs himself. Easton Lish and Goose Noble each had two RBIs.
For the Wolves, Tanner Watson, Trave Jensen and Brock Rindlisbacher were the only ones to record hits on the day.
Should Bear River win one of the last two games in the three-game series, it could open the door for Mountain Crest to win the region title. The Mustangs hold the tiebreaker over the Bears after sweeping them to open region play.
MUSTANGS 3, GRIZZLIES 1
Mountain Crest pulled off a late-inning comeback on the road after trailing 1-0 for five innings. The Mustangs (14-8, 9-4) scored two runs in the sixth to take the lead and added an insurance run in the top of the seventh to slide by the fifth-place Grizzlies (4-18, 2-11).
“We didn’t play too good but found a way to win,” MC head coach Steve Hansen said.
The Mustangs were on a bit of a slide the last two weeks, falling out of first place in region after losing a series against Green Canyon and dropping a game to last-place Sky View. However, with some help from Bear River, Mountain Crest could snatch the region title back with a sweep of Logan.
Though surely aware of the situation, Hansen remains focussed on the team in front of him for the next two games.
“We need to come ready to play tomorrow and take care of what we can control,” Hansen said.
RIVERHAWKS 2, BOBCATS 1
Sitting comfortably in fourth place with little hope of moving up, Ridgeline nearly got unseated for the day by Sky View who were coming off a win that broke an 11-game losing skid.
The Bobcats (4-16, 2-11) opened the scoring when Ridgeline pitcher Dax Purser hit Scout Morris with a pitch when the bases were loaded. The Riverhawks (10-10, 8-5) responded with a two-run second inning, and the scoring ended there.
Sky View’s lack of scoring came from the fact it managed just one hit all afternoon. Ridgeline pelted the Bobcats defense with eight hits, yet couldn’t bring in more than two runners.
“We hit quite a few balls but need to string some together,” Riverhawks head coach Paul Bowler said, also noting the amount of fly balls his team sent to Sky View outfielder Ryder Lundahl.
Each of those eight hits came from a different player. Mason Bowler and Ptobias Takis each recorded an RBI on their respective hits.