LAYTON -- After half of his starting lineup suffered injuries heading into preseason action, Northridge High baseball coach Allan Kawaguchi knew his team was going to end up rebuilding for the foreseeable future.
The Knights took their lumps Thursday afternoon in dropping a tough 12-0 decision in five innings to the Sky View Bobcats in non-league action.
"I only started one senior, one junior, five sophomores and two freshman after those early injuries," Kawaguchi said. "We are just lacking in experience right now and it showed the entire game. We need to work on a few things here and there, but once we can get the younger kids to play like they should, we should be okay."
Things started out pretty low key for Northridge as they only gave up a run in the first inning, but a two-run home run from Sky View's Jason Oliverson with two outs put the Knights even further behind than they wanted.
The Knights did get a couple of big singles from the likes of Troy Cornberg, Trevor Nuttall, and Kevin Seeley, but none of them were together in a row and Northridge failed to get a runner to third base for the second straight game.
During the rest of the game, the Bobcats poured on the rest of the runs over the final four innings to pull away with the win.
"I only wanted to use three pitchers today, but it didn't work out that way," Kawaguchi said. "Ideally, we need to get these kids more time at the plate and more time on the mound in order to get better. It a learning process that we wish would go faster, but we will deal with what we have."
Oliverson led the way for Sky View, going 3-for-3 and just missing out on hitting for the cycle. Starting pitcher Mitch Berryhill also went 3-for-3 at the plate with three singles for the visiting Bobcats.
* SYRACUSE 1, BINGHAM 0: At Syracuse, the Titans played solid defense throughout the game despite collecting only two hits. It just so happens that one of them was a walk-off home run from Brandon Hammond in the bottom of the seventh to give the home side a win over a big-time program.
"My kids believe that they can play with anyone and they want to play against quality competition every game," Syracuse coach Jeff Bearnson said. "We threw the ball well and made plays. Some of those plays we wouldn't have made last year, but we are better with the offseason workouts and the kids have been there -- done that."
Jason Jourdan and Spencer Johnson combined to only give up six hits the entire game for the Titans as Johnson got the victory on the mound.
* LAYTON CHRISTIAN 13, MILFORD 12: At Layton, the Eagles needed a dozen hits to turn back visiting Milford.
Kyle Yockey homered twice while Jake Sabin and Quinn Witehara added doubles for the Eagles.
David Reddington was credited with the win on the mound for LCA.
* BEAR RIVER 16, BEAR LAKE, IDAHO 0 (4): At Garland, the Bears rapped out 10 hits in the four-inning blowout win.
Kade Purser, Taylor Ramsdell and Brock Hill each recorded duobles for the Bears. Hill was credited with the win on the mound.
* LAYTON CHRISTIAN 3, INTERMOUNTAIN CHRISTIAN 0: At Layton, the Eagles posted the shutout with a couple of second-half goals.
Ignacio Baeza scored twice and Digo Perez added a score for LCA.
Berke Kalemogle recorded the shutout in goal.
* LOGAN 1, WEBER 1 (2OT): At Logan, the Warriors scored first but Logan's Ace Phillips tied it up. No other details were reported.
* BOUNTIFUL 1, LAYTON 0: At Layton, the Braves made a first-half score hold up in the non-league battle. No other details were reported.
Also, Viewmont and Alta played to a scoreless overtime tie.
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