Lancers power their way to two wins

May 22 2013 - 11:25pm

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OREM -- The Lancers have the long ball going.

Aided by a performance for the ages from Parker Kincade, the Layton High Lancers advanced to the final three of the state 5-A baseball tournament on Wednesday at Utah Valley University's Brown Ballpark.

Kincade's home run, his third of the contest, gave the Lancers a dramatic walk-off 7-5 victory over American Fork in a one-los bracket game.

Kincade also homered in the first and fifth innings. Teammate Logan Greenhalgh homered as well as the Lancers topped the Cavemen.

But the Lancers (19-9 overall) weren't done.

Coach Rob Ferneau's squad continued with the hot hitting, powering past Cottonwood 10-7 in the nightcap of Wednesday's action.

Layton will now wait for unbeatens Riverton and Bingham to play today at 11 a.m. The Lancers will take on the loser of that game at 1:30 p.m. at Brown Ballpark.

That is if the Lancers -- and their fans -- can catch their breath.

In Layton's first win of the day. Kincade went 4 for 4 at the plate, and also pitched 5 2/3 innings on the mound. He held the Cavemen, who led 4-0 after their first at-bat.

Kincade relieved Layton starter starter Jaden Trujillo and allowed just one run the rest of the way for the win.

Greenhalgh's dinger tied the game at 4-4.

In the final at-bat, Dexter Paiz reached base on an error. Kincade took the ball over the left-field to send the Lancers fans into a frenzy.

* LAYTON 10, COTTONWOOD 7: At Orem, the Lancers jumped out to a big lead, thanks to a six-run second frame. But the Colts in each of the first four inning before Layton scored again to pull away.

* COTTONWOOD 5, SYRACUSE 1: At Orem, the Titans outhit the Colts 6-5 but couldn't get the runs across and saw their season end at 11-10 overall.

Chase Bauerle had a double for Syracuse, which tied Layton for the Region 1 championship. Jordan Cobabe took the loss.

Jake Atkinson went 2 for 3, including a double and a triple, for Cottonwood. Tavita Garber earned the win on the mound.

4-A tournament

* TIMPANOGOS 7, MOUNTAIN VIEW 6: At Kearns High School, Timpanogos and Mountain View won early elimination games, then Timpanogos scores eight runs in the final two innings to stay alive going into this evening's action.

Mountain View trailed 5-0, then rallied to tie it up. C.J. Schroeppel hit a win the top of the eighth.

Salem Hills and Maple Mountain will play today at UVU's Brown Ballpark for a spot in Friday's championship game. The loser will take on Timpanogos.

All three are Region 6 schools.

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