Wednesday , April 19, 2017 - 9:18 PM
LAYTON — Following a torrential Tuesday rainstorm, game time for Wednesday was delayed while the Northridge grounds crew poured a drying agent and sand on the infield dirt and worked it into the surface.
Once on the field of play, Fremont poured it on the Northridge baseball team in a 16-5 Region 1 rout.
Rebounding well from a devastating loss in the initial game of the series, the Silver Wolves scored six runs in the first inning and never looked back.
“We were pretty upset yesterday. We were frustrated to just need one out and let it go,” Fremont coach Garrett Clark said. “But they answered. This group — always all year, every time we take a humbling loss — we respond pretty big like this.”
“After yesterday we didn’t want to sit. We wanted to get right back out the next day and play. If we would have had today off, we would have been a little mopey, so I’m happy,” Clark said.
Kade Skeen had two hits and five RBIs, including a grand slam in a five-run third inning for Fremont.
“I’m just trying to do everything I can to help the team out,” Skeen said. “We came back from a hard loss yesterday, and we told ourselves we weren’t going to do it again. I think we prepared and that’s what we can do and we showed it.”
Starting pitcher Justin Flinders gave back three runs to Northridge in the bottom of the first, then settled down to go six innings for the win.
“I wasn’t nervous, I was just mad that they got three and I wanted to come back out and shut them down,” Flinders said. “I just focused on one spot in the glove and started finding the zone. I just think we got lackadaisical in the first inning.”
Flinders helped his cause with three hits and a run batted in at the plate. Haze Hadley and Jestin Schickel also stroked three hits each for the Silver Wolves as they mounted an 18-hit attack.
The Silver Wolves (8-3) now hold a one-game edge over Northridge (7-4) in the league, with the rubber match of the series scheduled Friday at Fremont.
“If we win Friday, I think we can get some momentum and roll through the playoffs,” Skeen said.
Hunter Harris had two hits and Paul Fomby slugged a solo home run in his only at-bat for the Knights.
BONNEVILLE 9, HIGHLAND 8 (10)
WASHINGTON TERRACE — Spencer Hildebrand went 3 for 3, including a walk-off single in the bottom of the 10th to score Carson Dopp, and Bonneville outlasted Highland.
Dopp led off the 10th by getting hit by a pitch, then stole second and moved to third on a passed ball.
Bonneville extended the game into the 10th inning after scoring two runs in the bottom of the ninth. The Lakers also scored twice in the bottom of the seventh to force extra innings.
Carson Barber went 3 for 5 with a double, while Dopp, Justin Gallegos, Bridger Butters and Mason Oswill each collected two hits for Bonneville.
The Lakers’ victory evened the series at 1-1. Highland used a walk-off, three-run homer to defeat Bonneville 7-4 on Tuesday.
Bonneville also snapped a five-game losing streak while winning for just the second time this season.
SYRACUSE 2, VIEWMONT 1 (9)
Johnson got Syracuse going in the ninth with a one-out walk. He moved to second on a wild pitch and took third following a balk.
Schofield came up next and brought him home.
Rudy Casias pitched the final three innings to pick up the win. He didn’t allow a hit, walked one and struck out two.
Josh Garver started and pitched six innings. He allowed five hits, walked one and struck out seven. He hit three batters.
Schofield went 2 for 3 with a pair of walks while Johnson went 1 for 2 with three walks.
BEAR RIVER 7, MORGAN 0
GARLAND — Jake Dahle allowed just one hit and one walk while striking out eight in six innings and Levi Porritt finished Morgan off with a scoreless seventh.
Gavin Fronk went 2 for 4 with a double while Kaygen Canfield went 1 for 4 with a double.
Fronk, Canfield, Wyatt Roholt, Marshall Pond, Parker Theurer and Tyke Nessen each drove in runs for Bear River.
The Bears have now won 10 in a row.
LAYTON 7, GRANGER 2
WEST VALLEY CITY — Layton picked up its 10th straight win by defeating Granger for the second straight day.
Drew Ferneau went 4 for 5 with a pair of doubles, Jordan Harrop went 2 for 4 with a homer and three RBIs, and Carson Lomax started and earned the win. Lomax struck out 10 in 5 2/3 innings.
Jackson Jewell pitched 1/3 of an inning and Ferneau pitched the final inning.
Braxton Gold and Teige Lovell each went 2 for 3 with a double, and Ivan Paiz also recorded a double for Layton.
BOX ELDER 8, EAST 6
SALT LAKE CITY — Box Elder jumped out to an 8-0 lead and held on to defeat East.
Box Elder scored two in the third, two in the fourth, one in the fifth and three in the sixth.
East scored five in the sixth and one in the seventh.
Carter Udy started and pitched five innings to pick up the win. He also doubled for Box Elder’s only extra-base hit.
MOUNTAIN CREST 10, SKY VIEW 3
Cameron Moser, Brady Hall, Bryar Hall, Nate Shelton and Jaren Leishman each tallied two hits for the Mustangs.
Foulger, Brady Hall and Bryar Hall each doubled.
Mountain Crest did most of its scoring damage in the first three innings. The Mustangs led 8-3 at the end of the third inning. They added their final two runs in the sixth.
Leishman started and pitched six innings for Mountain Crest. He allowed three hits, two earned runs, two walks and struck out 10.
BOUNTIFUL at WOODS CROSS (PPD)
ROY at WEBER (PPD)
Sports reporter Ryan Comer contributed to this report.
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