Top of Utah teams shut out in tournament openers

May 12 2010 - 11:13pm

SPANISH FORK -- Any other day and the spotlight would have belonged to Box Elder's Hunter Balmer.

Holding Spanish Fork to six hits and a season-low four runs is impressive. But Balmer was up against Spanish Fork's Adam Duke, who took a no-hit bid into the sixth as he led the Dons to a 4-1 victory over the Bees in the opening round of the state 4-A baseball tournament Wednesday afternoon.

Box Elder (14-9) will play at Lehi this afternoon.

Duke finished with 13 strikeouts using a fast ball that hit 91 mph. Box Elder coach Mike Hollingsworth tried to prepare the Bees with batting cage practice the day before, but Duke still overwhelmed them.

"We should have been able to make some adjustments and put the ball into play," Hollingsworth said. "If you can see it, you can hit it. I was disappointed in that. If you make contact, things will happen."

It was still a strong effort for Balmer, who held the Dons (21-1) scoreless for three innings before Spanish Fork used a pair of errors to take a 2-0 lead in the fourth.

"He's had some great games,' Hollingsworth said of Balmer, whose victories include a road decision at Mountain Crest.

Box Elder broke the no-hitter when Brad Munns doubled home Taylor Hadfield, who had walked.

* SPRINGVILLE 8, BONNEVILE 7: At Washington Terrace, a couple of errors and too many walks cost the Lakers, who now host Woods Cross at 4 p.m. today in an elimnation game.

"We'll see how we bounce back," Bonneville coach Trevor Howell said. "We had our chances."

Logan Jugler and Sam Hall homered back-to-back in the second inning to even the score at 2, and the teams matched runs until the seventh, when Tye Foster cracked a two-out home run.

The Lakers got a runner on in the bottom half, but couldn't get the run across.

Sam Hall took the loss in relief of Evan Parker. Parker and Hall also had doubles for Bonneville, which outhit Springville 12-10.

Region 5 champion Mountain Crest fell to Olympus 4-2.

5-A tournament

* GRANGER 4, NORTHRIDGE 0: At Salt Lake City, the Knights were held to a season-low three hits, falling into the one-loss bracket.

"We threatened several times, but just couldn't get the hits we needed," Northridge coach Allen Kawaguchi said.

Vince Vernier took the loss.

* COPPER HILLS 9, ROY 1: At West Jordan, the Royals followed up Tuesday's disappointing loss with another loss.

A day after pushing highly-rated Cottonwood to the limit, Roy came out flat against Copper Hills and was knocked from the tournament. Five errors significantly hurt the Royals' cause.

"We battled all year long," Roy coach Greg Patterson said. "Give the kids credit for earning what they did."

In other 5-A games, Lone Peak topped Fremont 17-12 in a slugfest, Skyline outdueled Davis 2-0 and Viewmont ran past West 10-0.

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