As the regular season winds down, the top two baseball teams in Region 11 have separated from the rest of the pack.
In fact, Ridgeline wrapped up the title Wednesday with a win over Green Canyon, 12-1 in five innings. Mountain Crest beat Bear River, 1-0, to stay within a game of the Riverhawks with one game to play. However, Ridgeline swept the Mustangs this season. In the other region game Wednesday night, Sky View edged Logan, 2-1.
“It was awesome to win the region on our Senior Night,” Ridgeline head coach Paul Bowler said. “I’m really proud of our guys. They played with more confidence today and were more focused, and it showed at the plate.”
The Riverhawks (16-7, 11-3 region) scored two runs in the bottom of the first and never trailed at home in Millville. They added three more in the second and put the game away with seven in the fourth.
“That was a really fun win,” Bowler said. “We were more patient and picked better pitches to hit. Now we need to stay dialed in for tomorrow and keep some momentum going into the state tournament.”
Ridgeline finished with nine hits and committed two errors. Cameron Bott and Tanner Bernhardt combined on the mound for the Riverhawks, allowing just one hit. The Wolves (7-18, 2-8) had five errors. Each team issued eight walks.
Braxton Gill had two hits, three runs and two RBI to lead the Riverhawks. Jaden Harris and Carter Gill each had two base knocks.
Caleb Petersen had the lone hit for Green Canyon. Alex Atkinson drew three bases on balls.
At Hyrum, Lance Welch was on his game pitching wise, and the Mustangs (18-6, 10-4) needed it. Welch struck out 10 and walked two while allowing just four hits to the Bears (13-11, 7-7).
“Lance Welch threw a gem of the mound today,” MC head coach Stephen Hansen said. “He had command of all his pitches and got some strike outs in key situations. We scored enough runs to get the win.”
The lone run of the game came in the bottom of the fourth. With one out, Caden Jones smacked a double to right. He would score off an RBI single by Braydon Schiess. Jones had two of the five hits by the Mustangs.
The Bobcats (9-13, 7-7) have now won six of their last eight and three straight series. It was a tight affair with the Grizzlies (4-19, 1-13) as hits were hard to come by. Sky View had five and Logan finished with six, but the hosts also had three errors.
Stetsen Karren had two hits and pitched 6.1 innings for the win. Taft Chambers came on to get the save.
“We had a good defensive win,” SV head coach Todd Phillips said. “Stetsen threw good on the mound, and Taft came in and closed it for us.”
Sky View plated a run in the third when Derek Anthony walked, stole second and was brought home by a two-out RBI single by Tanner Martin. The Bobcats made it 2-0 with a run in the fifth when Taydem Neal singled went to second on a error and was brought home by Cole Watterson with a RBI single, also with two outs.
Logan got a run back in the fifth when Vincent Rohrer grounded out to score Jack Fjeldsted. The Grizzlies got a lead off double from Gavin Craner in the bottom of the seventh, but he was caught stealing third.
Sky View continued its surge as the season winds down, throttling 6A Granger on Wednesday in West Valley City, 17-4 in five innings, to end the regular season on a high note. The Bobcats (14-9-1) have won three in a row and nine of their last 12 games.
“It was a great team win today,” SV head coach Amanda Robinson said. “We played solid defense and hit the ball well. It was a great way to end our regular season.”
The Bobcats scored at least two runs in every inning and finished with 19 hits. They did not commit an error as Skylee Haramoto went the distance in the circle, striking out seven and issuing just one walk.
Haramoto also led the Bobcats at the plate with four hits, four runs, and RBI and two doubles. Abbey Cantwell had three hits, three runs, an RBI, a double and a triple. Cambrie Davis recorded three hits, three runs and a game-best 5 RBI. Carlee Watterson, Tawnee Lundahl, Morgan Hernandez and Brynn Mayhew each had two hits. Mayhew had four RBI and hit a home run.