With Mountain Crest reeling from its first series loss of the season, Ridgeline added to the Mustangs’ woes by handing them a 3-1 loss Tuesday afternoon in Millville.
In recent games, Mountain Crest (12-7, 7-3) has found itself unable to put the ball in play and score runs. Outside of a lone 10-run game against Green Canyon on Friday, the Mustangs have averaged just 2.3 runs in their last since April 13, with an unsurprising mark of 0-3 in that time. Meanwhile, Ridgeline (7-9, 6-4) is quickly rising through the ranks of Region 12 on a now four-game win streak after a 2-4 start in series against Bear River and Green Canyon.
“The kids have been playing with better focus and more energy,” Ridgeline head coach Paul Bowler said. “And we are having a lot of fun.”
Dax Purser manned the mound for the Riverhawks, allowing just two hits while striking out 10 batters, though also walking seven in his 5.2 innings. Evan Webb closed out the game in relief, taking just 11 pitches to finish 1.1 innings.
The Riverhawks got six hits, few more clutch than the back-to-back doubles from Purser and Mason Bowler in the sixth inning that broke a 1-1 deadlock by driving in one run and setting up a second.
WOLVES 3, BOBCATS 2
Green Canyon nearly followed up its season defining series win over Mountain Crest with a loss to Sky View, needing a sixth-inning run to overcome a small comeback by the Bobcats.
The Bobcats (3-14, 1-9) opened the scoring in the fourth inning on a line drive RBI single from Scout Morris that sent Ryder Lundall across home plate. The Wolves (15-5, 8-2) responded by driving in two in the bottom of the frame on RBIs from Brock Rindlisbacher and Payton Jones.
Jones was credited with the win on the mound, going five innings on 83 pitches. He struck out four batters, with three walks and five hits allowed. Morris went the full six innings for the Bobcats on 69 pitches with two strikeouts, three walks and seven hits.
POCATELLO 12, PRESTON 1 (6)
The Pocatello rattled in 11 of its 12 runs in the third and fifth innings, cutting the game short on mercy rule after six innings. Preston committed six errors in the game, leading to just five of the 12 runs being earned off of starter Dillon Haslam, who made it 4.2 innings into the start with seven hits allowed.
Preston (4-12) managed just one hit the whole game, a solo home run coming off the bat of Isaiah Smith in the fourth inning.
The team is now on a four-game losing skid after posting back-to-back wins against Wood River and Filer a week ago.
BEARS 20, GRIZZLIES 1 (5)
Bear River mercy ruled Logan. The Bears scored a whopping 10 runs in the second inning. All of the Bears’ runs came before the fourth inning, with six in the first and four in the third to compliment the second-inning explosion.
Three players for Bear River — Braxton Jeppsen, Goose Noble and Wyatt Roholt — went perfect at the plate among those with multiple at-bats. Those three went a combined 8 for 8, with eight RBIs and four extra base hits.
Hadley Davis earned the short win, fanning three batters while allowing three hits, one walk and one run.
The Grizzlies marched four pitchers out onto the mound in the four innings they pitched: Jake Egbert, Zac Egbert, Kade Rice and Dakota Jenson. Those four players threw 145 pitches combined in four innings, allowed 16 hits, struck out just two and walked 11.