SYRACUSE -- You would think that after a win, any coach would be satisfied just to get a needed victory. That is, unless you are Syracuse coach Jeff Bearnson, who talked about complacency and the need to get his team to play with some sense of urgency and how not to take what they've accomplished for granted after his team's 5-2 victory over the Northridge Knights on Tuesday afternoon.
"I think we're playing good baseball right now," Bearnson said. "I just want our kids to realize that nothing should be taken for granted -- that includes seeing pitches and not pressing to help their team win games. I think once they realize that, we could be pretty scary. That being said, we got a couple of big hits and Jason (Jourdan) finally got his first win over the season which really helps us going forward."
Jourdan was up for the task, keeping the Knights at bay for five innings and finishing with a complete game five-hitter with nine strikeouts.
Meanwhile, the Titans' bats were ready to go from the start as Brandon Hammond had an RBI single for the 1-0 lead.
The home side was back for more in the second inning, getting RBIs from Kaden King, Hammond and a solid two-run single from Rieley Gibson in a four-run stanza that put the visiting Knights on their heels. Northridge got themselves back in it in the top of the sixth inning, scoring on back to back RBI singles from Gavin Campbell and Davy Adams with only one out. However, Jourdan got the last two outs of the inning and threw eight seventh inning pitches to get the final three outs.
Gibson finished the game 2-for-3 with two RBIs while Hammond had two hits and two RBIs. King helped out by scoring two runs.
* LAYTON 9, WEBER 6 (8 INNINGS): At Pleasant View, the Lancers trailed by six runs after the first inning but kept battling into extra innings until an offensive explosion pushed them over the top. Jaden Trujillo homered twice and earned the win on the mound in relief, Logan Greenhalgh went 3-for-5 with a home run and Caleb Harrop doubled and struck out five over five innings.
* MOUNTAIN CREST 8, BONNEVILLE 2: At Washington Terrace, the Mustangs stampeded the Lakers with the help of homers from Ty Hall and Nick Taylor.
* BOX ELDER 2, ROY 1: At Brigham City, the Bees scored a run in the sixth and seventh to claim the pitcher's duel. Conner Udy picked up the win in relief of Tyler Bate.
* BEAR RIVER 3, GRANTSVILLE 2: At Garland, the Bears rallied for the winning run in the bottom of the seventh.
* MORGAN 6, TOOELE 0: At Tooele, four runs in the third provided all the offense the Trojans needed.
* STANSBURY 12, OGDEN 2: At Stansbury, the Stallions trampled the Tigers with a 10-run third inning.