Friday , May 02, 2014 - 11:06 PM
KAYSVILLE – Members of the Davis High baseball team felt Layton was sending a message of disrespect prior to Friday’s series finale.
Davis used its bats to send a message of its own in the very first inning.
Davis blistered Layton starter Pete Nielsen for seven runs in the bottom of the first and cruised to a 9-1 victory, ending the Lancers’ hopes for a perfect region season.
Layton’s pre-game routine involved practicing without a ball.
“They were just being cocky,” Davis right fielder Tanner Bowden said. “That got me riled up […] Fake throwing and everything. They were diving everywhere. I was like, ‘Alright, we got to whoop them.’”
Bowden had a two-RBI double, the second of three consecutive doubles in the first inning, and was one of 12 Darts to come to the plate in the inning.
Davis catcher Jake Adams, who also had a two-RBI double in the first inning, was even more pointed.
“That’s what you do in pinto and rec ball,” Adams said. “That’s not high school baseball. It just shows me that they didn’t want to win, and it showed. Throw the ball in practice.”
Layton coach Robert Ferneau explained the routine was just to have fun.
“The kids wanted to do it, and we didn’t do it to insult anybody,” Ferneau said. “The kids wanted to do it to have fun. If (Davis) took it as insulting, then I apologize, but that’s just the way we took it was having fun.”
As Davis found out Wednesday, a seven-run lead doesn’t necessarily mean a whole lot to Layton. Layton scored 11 runs in the third inning Wednesday and entered Friday’s contest averaging 12 runs in its last eight games.
But Davis ace Connor Blaisdell made sure Layton never got going, allowing just five hits in a complete-game effort.
“This one is huge because Layton is such an amazing team,” Blaisdell said. “Up and down the lineup, they’re all solid and they can hit the ball like crazy.”
Caleb Harrop and Quentin Marcellin were two of the few bright spots for Layton, with Harrop going 3-for-3 and Marcellin crushing a solo homer to give Layton its only run.
“I don’t know what it would take to get Caleb Harrop or Quentin Marcelin out,” Davis coach Dave Leo said. “I ain’t got a clue. The other day (Quentin) hit one out of here and there was a wind behind him. I shut the wind off today. Absolutely no wind and he drills another one.”
Friday’s game was the regular-season finale for Layton, which finished the season 17-1 against Region 1 opponents. Davis is still battling for the region’s second seed and can clinch it with just one win in its three-game series against Fremont next week. Two of the three games will be played at Fremont.
FREMONT 8, WEBER 4: At Pleasant View, Fremont scored two runs in each of the sixth and seventh innings to defeat Weber 8-4 Friday.
Because Davis beat Layton, Fremont needed to win to remain two games back of Davis for the second seed in Region 1.
NORTHRIDGE 3, VIEWMONT 0: At Layton, Josh Brown pitched a complete-game six-hitter and Northridge blanked Viewmont 3-0 Friday.
Northridge scored all of its runs in the fifth and sixth innings.
OGDEN 1, ROY 0: At Roy, Cameron Mortensen threw a complete game one-hitter and Ogden edged Roy 1-0 Friday.
Mortensen carried a perfect game through five innings and didn’t allow the first hit until two outs in the seventh. Bridger Gray ended it with a hard-hit ball into left field.
Mortensen struck out five.
Kameron Laird drove in the only run for Ogden, which only managed one hit off Roy starter Tyrell Perry.
Perry only allowed four baserunners.
SKY VIEW 5, BOX ELDER 2: At Brigham City, Zach Hansen pitched a complete game and Sky View defeated Box Elder 5-2 Friday.
Sky View scored three in the third and two more in the fourth.
Connor Udy drove in each of Box Elder’s runs.
BEAR RIVER 13, GRANTSVILLE 9: At Grantsville, Hans Madsen went 3-for-4 with a two-run double, Taylor Lund also went 3-for-4 and Bear River defeated Grantsville 13-9 Friday.
With the win, Bear River created a three-way tie atop the Region 11 standings to finish the season. Bear River, Grantsville and Stansbury all finished 9-3 in region play.
MOUNTAIN CREST 6, BONNEVILLE 3: At Hyrum, Mountain Crest scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth and defeated Bonneville 6-3 Friday.
Bonneville is still battling for the fourth seed in Region 5, while Mountain Crest has a stranglehold on the top seed.
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