SPANISH FORK -- While a 14-win season and a region title is quite an accomplishment for the St. Joseph High baseball team, a tough loss in the state 1-A quarterfinals will sting for a while.
The Jayhawks saw their season end on Tuesday morning with a 9-5 loss to the Wayne Badgers in the state 1-A tournament at Spanish Fork High School.
With two outs in the top of the third inning and St. Joseph ahead 1-0, the Jayhawks defense faltered. Three errors later, Wayne owned a 5-1 lead. The teams traded scores the rest of the way, but St. Joseph could not cut into the margin.
"Without that inning, the game really could have been completely different," St. Joseph coach Steve Mendez said.
"It's frustrating to get to the quarterfinals again for third year in a row and not get any farther. The kids are resilient, but I'll have to sit on this one for a whole year."
Nick Gruet went 4 for 4 for St. Joseph, which outhit Wayne 12-11. He finished with eight strikeouts.
Senior Nick Palmer had a pair of hits for the Jayhawks, who went 14-6 on the season and won the Region 18 title. Adonis Hooslyn also had two hits and scored a run.
"This season has been the most fun for us. This is an enjoyable group, a lot of underclassmen who made great strides. To win the region title from where we started is very satisfying," Mendez said.