KAYSVILLE -- The Syracuse Titans made sure that the race for the top spot in the region was going to be a three-horse race.
Behind an outstanding pitching performance from Jordan Cobabe, the visiting Titans fought their way to a resounding 4-2 victory over the Davis Darts Tuesday afternoon, creating a three-way tie for first with Davis and Syracuse locked up with Layton, which won its game against Fremont.
"That was a great response from our guys today," Syracuse coach Jeff Bearnson said. "We are playing great baseball at a really important time. The guys have really stepped up and they aren't making mistakes. If you look at the scoreline, the thing that impresses me the most is the zero errors. That is the sign of a good baseball team."
Cobabe and Davis' Tyler Hall were pitching as well as they had all season long, throwing strikes with just about any pitch they wanted, but by the fourth inning, batters started finding chinks in the armor. It started with a two-out RBI single from Syracuse's Brandon Hammond to give the visitors the 1-0 lead. Davis had an answer in the bottom of the fourth inning as Hall singled up the middle to tie the game at 1-1.
The fifth inning proved to be decisive for the Titans.
Kole Tracy singled down the left field line and took second by beating the throw from the left fielder. Chase Bauerle followed that up with another single to center before Jake Groberg tripled into the gap in left center field to score two runs and put Syracuse on top at 3-1. Jayden Bearnson added another RBI single for a 4-1 advantage.
Cobabe continued to deal from the mound and also made the catch of the day. Gage Cook smoked a sharp drive back to Cobabe, who snagged the liner coming at his face in a blink-and-miss it moment.
The Darts got one back in the bottom of the seventh inning to pull within two runs on an RBI single from Hall after a Jackson Peacock triple to right field, but Cobabe induced a pop out to Bearnson to end the game.
Bearnson was 2-for-3 with an RBI while Groberg had the big base hit for Syracuse with the two-run triple. Cobabe pitched the complete game, surrendering two runs on six hits with five strikeouts. Hall did everything on the day, throwing all seven innings and picking up both Davis RBIs.
* LAYTON 6, FREMONT 4: At Layton, Caleb Harrop struck out 10 over 6 2/3 innings before needing Jaden Trujilo to nail down the last out.
Fremont made it interesting by scoring four runs in the seventh, but Trujillo struck out the last batter with two runners on to earn the save. Trujillo also led Layton at the plate by going 2-for-2 with a double, a triple and two RBIs. Layton faces Fremont again Thursday with the potential to be tied for first.
* BONNEVILLE 9, BOX ELDER 6: At Brigham City, the Lakers owned the middle innings to pick up a road win. Dakota Buckway homered and was the winning pitcher for Bonneville.
In the other league game, Logan defeated Mountain Crest 4-3.
* UINTAH 4, OGDEN 0: At Ogden, the Tigers were limited to four hits in a loss to the Utes. Braiden Labrum picked up the win on the mound and doubled for Uintah.
* WASATCH 5, BEAR RIVER 3: At Heber City, the Bears tuned up for state play with a tough road battle.
Taggart Baxter went 3-for-3 with two RBIs and two triples to lead the Wasps.