LAYTON -- For the Syracuse Titans baseball team to even have a chance to win the Region 1 title, they needed to overcome a tough loss Wednesday to the Layton Lancers to be near the top.
Playing the same team on back-to-back days, the Titans got a magnificent performance on the mound from Jordan Cobabe and the game-winning RBI from shortstop Rieley Gibson in the top of the seventh inning as Syracuse came away with a gritty 3-1 victory over the Lancers Thursday afternoon to split the series with their rivals.
"They (Layton) are a much improved team from last year and they played really well the past couple of days," Syracuse coach Jeff Bearnson said. "I thought that we hit the ball hard all day long -- it just happened to be right at people. We made a few mistakes that we shouldn't be making, but it's nice to get our first region win."
Syracuse opened the game hitting the ball hard, getting three straight singles from Gibson, Brandon Hammond, and an RBI from Sawyer Morain for the quick 1-0 lead.
Cobabe took over from there, finishing the game with five strikeouts.
He hit a bump in the fourth inning after Logan Greenhalgh's RBI single scored Parker Kincade and left runners on first and third with one out. However, second baseman Jayden Bearnson was able to turn a double play with a Morain scoop at first to end the inning.
Greenhalgh was also pitching a great game for the home side and was able to induce multiple pop outs from the Titans to keep their bats at bay.
In the seventh, with two outs, Syracuse's Kaden King drew a walk and moved to second on a passed ball. Bearnson was then intentionally walked to put runners on first and second. Gibson then ripped an RBI single to center field to score King. The throw home was cut off as Layton tried to get Bearnson at third. That throw went out of play and allowed the Titans to score another run.
Layton had a chance to with runners on second and third with no outs, but reliever Spencer Johnson got a strikeout and a double play at home to end the game.
Gibson had two hits for Syracuse and the game-winning RBI. Kincade led the way for Layton with two hits and a run scored.
* FREMONT 10, WEBER 0 (five innings): At Plain City, the Silver Wolves exacted a measure of payback with the win.
Fremont had 13 hits in a 9-8 loss to Weber on Tuesday, but scored 10 in the first four innings on Thursday.
Bryson Roundy had four RBIs, and Trevor Bennett and Josh Payned each doubled and had three hits. Preston Melle also had a double for Fremont.
Payne allowed four hits with four Ks on the mound to earn the win. Cooper Roylance took the loss for Weber.
* DAVIS 10, NORTHRIDGE 0 (five innings): At Kaysville, the Darts dropped seven on the young Knights in the fourth inning.
Zach Fuller tossed a two-hitter with seven strikeouts and no walks in a 58-pitch effort. Gage Cook had three hits, while Jackson Peacock doubled and had three RBIs to back Fuller. Bronson Larsen also had a double for Davis.
Caden Taylor took the loss on the mound for the Knights. Kyle Eichmeier recorded a double for the visiting team.
* BOX ELDER 10, LOGAN 8: At Brigham City, leadoff hitter Jayk Brooks homered and double, and finished with four hits and four RBIs to lead the Bees to victory.
Conner Udy had three hits and a pair of RBIs for Box Elder and doubled as did Tyler Thorton. Udy picked up the win on the mound in relief of Thorton.
Down 8-3, the Bees scored three in the fourth and fifth to reclaim the lead for good.
* BOX ELDER 2, MOUNTAIN CREST: At Hyrum, senior right-hander Baylee Reeves, who has signed with BYU-Hawaii, blanked the Mustangs on five hits -- her second individual season shutout -- with nine strikeouts and one walk.
Box Elder (12-0 overall, 7-0 league) scored two first-inning runs -- Sadie Blacker and Karly Bunderson each stole home -- becoming the first team to shut out Mountain Crest (6-4, 4-2) this year.
The Bees are one of the state's two undefeated softball teams along with Snow Canyon.
* BONNEVILLE 14, LOGAN 0 (five innings): At Logan, junior right-hander Andy Hancock tossed a no-hitter with 13 strikeouts and two walks.
Hancock went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Elora Penrod was 2-for-4 with a double, three RBIs and two runs; Mykel Davis drilled a double with three RBIs on two fielder's choice and a groundout; and Emilee Tafunai went 2-for-4 with three RBIs and a run for the Lakers (6-5, 4-2).
The Grizzlies are 5-10, 0-7.
* ROY 16, SKY VIEW 6: At Smithfield, the Royals and Bobcats combined for 27 hits but only one for extra bases.
Roy's Jordynn Barrera, who has signed with Marist (N.Y.) College, went 2-for-5 with four RBIs and scored three runs. Brittnee Higgs was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs; Kylee Blau went 3-for-6 with three RBIs and a run; Wylee Fielding was 3-for-5 with two RBIs and two runs; and Taelyn Stubbs went 3-for-4 with a double, an RBI and three runs for the defending state 4-A champion Royals (4-9, 3-4).
Sky View is 4-6, 2-5.
* CLEARFIELD 7, EAST 5: In a game moved to Clearfield, the Falcons had 14 hits, including five for extra bases.
Sophomore right-hander Bailey Douglas allowed eight Leopards' hits with three strikeouts and a walk.
Lexi Andersen went 3-for-4 with two triples, an RBI and scored two runs. Douglas was 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs; Jayden Glade went 2-for-3 with a walk and a solo home run; Kassidy Young was 2-for-4 with two RBIs; and Lexy Horning went 2-for-4 for Clearfield (4-6, 3-2).
* STANSBURY 10, MORGAN 0 (five innings): At Stansbury Park, the Stallions (14-1, 5-0) won their 12th consecutive game.
The Trojans are 3-10, 1-3.
* FREMONT 7, SYRACUSE 0: At Plain City, the Silver Wolves rolled to a 3-0 lead, then emptied the bench in the second half.
With Bryce Graves leading a strong defense, Jordan Preator scored a pair of goals and Parker Preator added a score as Fremont took charge from the start.
Gunner Burrell, Robbie Hales, Conan Wallace and Brody Loftus each scored after halftime, while Caden Quayle posted the shutout.
* WEBER 2, NORTHRIDGE 1: At Layton, the Knights scored first but fell to the visiting Warriors.
Northridge's Stevie Cannavina, but Brody Gardner answered for Weber. Just after halftime, the Warriors' Stratton Nielsen scored the game-winner, with keeper Cody Albrechtsen earning the victory in goal.
* DAVIS 3, LAYTON 2: At Kaysville, the Darts won an evening thriller on their new home turf.
Mitch Parkinson recorded a hat trick for Davis. Davis Walker had Layton's two scores.
Taylor Bell earned the shutout in goal for the Darts.
* LAYTON CHRISTIAN 9, MOUNT VERNON 1: At Murray, the Eagles blitzed the home team.
Fernando Horta had a hat trick and Ricardo Gomez had a pair of scores for the 5-0-2 Eagles. Andy Curiel, Armand Rukundo, Christ Geimlich and Hakan Kalayci each added scores for LCA.