Fremont High baseball accomplishing goal after goal as it tears through Region 1
PLAIN CITY — On the south side of Fremont High’s baseball field, right before one walks into the home dugout, there hangs a blue banner with three Fremont logos and five lines of white text comprising the Silverwolves’ season goals.
On April 29th with a little less than half the season left, they checked off one of those goals. They realistically (but not mathematically) checked off another goal and moved within one win of checking off a third.
The first goal is to win 18 regular-season games. After Friday’s 12-2 win over Clearfield in six innings to finish a three-game series sweep, Fremont moved to 18-1.
The second goal: win the Region 1 championship. The Silverwolves (18-1, 12-0 Region 1) are one win away from doing just that.
The only team who can catch Fremont for an outright title is Davis (7-5 Region 1), who is five games back with six to play — and that’s who the Silverwolves face next week.
Against Clearfield on Friday, Fremont exploded for five runs in the first inning starting with a two-run double by Calvin Morrow.
In the second, Morrow singled to bring home two runs and bump his season RBI total to a state-leading, school-record 38.
“We have those goals at the beginning of the season and we always talked about achieving them, and now we’re achieving them,” Morrow said. “I think it’s crazy.”
Clearfield offered resistance in the fourth inning with an RBI double by centerfielder Devan Harmer, who came into Friday with team highs of .500 batting, 17 RBIs, four doubles and three home runs.
Harmer, though, grabbed at the back of his leg and hobbled into second base, an injury the Falcons (5-14, 2-10) would rather not have amid their current 12-game losing streak. Cayden Wilson drove in Harmer for Clearfield’s second run.
Fremont catcher Bodee Goins hit a two-run double in the bottom of the fourth for a 9-2 lead. Goins got hit twice in his right forearm by tipped pitches, the first of which left an appropriate, baseball-sized welt.
Second baseman Jaxon Larkin drove in one of his two runs in the fifth for an 11-2 lead. Cannon Koford’s RBI triple in the sixth triggered the 10-run rule.
The Silverwolves — most of the players bleached their hair blond in March as a team unity type of thing — were already expected to be a good team at the start of this year with a host of good returners, including Colorado Mesa commit Bridger Clontz. The 2022 season has, so far, been lopsided.
Fremont has swept all four of its region series, run-ruled each of its region opponents at least once, has five starters batting .430 or better and leads the region in scoring offense, scoring defense and a few more statistical categories.
“I feel like we’ve got a really talented team and when the opportunities arise, we always seem to come through,” Larkin said. “We’ve got a really special team.”
The third goal on the banner is to host a playoff series. The inner machinations of the RPI rankings are an enigma to most people, but Fremont is the No. 1 team in the 6A RPI right now. So, barring an extraordinary and unlikely collapse, the Silverwolves will host a playoff series in May.
“It’s special, and it’s hard for me to try to figure out how to balance the humility part of never letting them look at (the banner), and then also appreciating what you’re doing,” FHS coach Garrett Clark said. “I’ve kind of come to the notion that you need to appreciate the path along the way, otherwise, what’s the point, right?”
The fourth and fifth goals are trickier.
No. 4 on the list is “advance to the final eight,” which, if Fremont wins a favorable second-round playoff series, it will accomplish.
The fifth goal is to win the state title. A northern Utah prep baseball team hasn’t won a state championship in the highest classification since Bountiful in 1988.
Northern Utah prep baseball teams have made good runs since then, but have been swiped away each time by the likes of American Fork, Pleasant Grove, Bingham, Jordan, Cottonwood and Riverton.
There are still six regular-season games left before any playoff talk starts, but Fremont’s players and coaches see the blue banner next to the dugout every time they go to the field as a reminder of where they want to be in late May.
“We touch the sign every day, it’s what we set out to do every day at practice and every time at the game, that’s our focus is this banner,” Larkin said.
Clark is optimistic and hopeful about the team’s prospects later this season, even if history isn’t Fremont’s side.
“This is just different. It’s leadership, it’s genuine, I don’t know how else to describe it, it’s just fun to be around,” Clark said.