SYRACUSE -- Syracuse head baseball coach Jeff Bearnson could see that something was up earlier in the week and decided to change his strategy about who to throw and what the Titans were going to do about Copper Hills ace Ben Wright.
Wright pitched a complete game six-hitter and the Grizzlies got enough offense from three Titans' errors and a couple of key hits to put themselves into the winner's bracket with a resounding 6-0 defeat. The problem is that Bearnson and Co. didn't necessarily see it that way.
"If you really look at it, they didn't do much more than we did," Bearnson said. "They only had two more hits than we did, but they were able to score some early runs and that put us in an early hole that we couldn't climb out of. The kids are upset, but we can't worry about it now because we have another game tomorrow that we need to get ready for."
The Titans went with Jordan Cobabe on the mound to give the Grizzlies a different look than they expected and Cobabe threw well, but Copper Hills scored two runs in the top of the second inning on a sacrifice fly and an error. They added four more runs in the top of the third inning on an error, a ground ball and a single that scored two more runs to give Wright more than enough cushion to win the game.
Syracuse only had six hits on the day, but most of the outs were hard hit balls at people instead of in the gaps.
"We hit the crap out of the ball and we hit Wright pretty hard, but we had nothing to show for it," Bearnson said. "The best thing we can do is go home and get ready tomorrow to play probably Hunter. We have (Jason) Jourdan going on the mound and if he can throw like he has all year long, we should be just fine."
Bryce Vanotti had two hits for Syracuse while Jayden Bearnson and Hayden Udy added singles. Syracuse moves on to play another home game, this one coming against the Wolverines from Hunter. Game time is set for 4 p.m. today.
* DAVIS 5, BRIGHTON 4: At Kaysville,the Darts experienced a lifetime of ups and downs in 1 1/2 innings Tuesday afternoon. Davis grabbed a late 3-0 lead entering the sixth inning, gave up four runs in the top of the seventh and then scored the game-winning runs in the bottom of the seventh to come away with a solid opening round playoff victory.
"The kids battled the entire game and we saw a little bit of everything today," Davis coach Dave Leo said. "We like to make things interesting on Tuesdays and today was no exception. We were a little lucky to get the win today."
Zac Olsen had a two-run double in the bottom of the sixth inning and Dusty Argyle had the game-winning single down the first base line to push across the winning run. Davis now has another home playoff game today against American Fork.
* JORDAN 13, LAYTON 4: At Sandy, the Beetdiggers broke open a 2-2 tie with six runs in the fifth and five more in the sixth to set back the Lancers.
* ALTA 17, FREMONT 1: At Sandy, the Hawks scored 13 runs in the first inning and never looked back in beating the Silver Wolves Tuesday afternoon.
Jake Hobbs took the loss on the mound for Fremont, who move into the one-loss bracket and will have a home playoff game against Riverton.
* SALEM HILLS 8, CLEARFIELD 1: At Salem Hills, a seven-run fourth inning provided the Skyhawks the margin of victory over the Falcons.
* SKYLINE 3, BOX ELDER 2: At Salt Lake City, the Bees battled back to tie the game at 2-all before the Eagles got the game-winning run in the sixth inning.
In other state tournament action, Mountain Crest advanced by knocking off Olympus 8-2, Sky View toppled Westlake 4-2 and Murray defeated Logan 5-3.