BOUNTIFUL — The fans arriving fashionably late to the Farmington-Viewmont baseball game Friday afternoon soon found out the fracas was nearly over before they settled in their seats.
Farmington scored four first-inning runs, then handed the ball to sophomore southpaw Sam Rencher, who shut out the Vikings into the fifth frame when the game was out of reach.
The Phoenix finished off a successful Region 5 season, vanquishing Viewmont 15-2, taking the season series and capturing a second seed in the upcoming 5A tournament in their inaugural season.
Rencher mixed up a combination of fastballs, curves and a deft changeup that left the Vikings waving in the wind.
“Keep it simple,” Rencher said. “It’s good to go out there with some confidence knowing that the guys have your back. With the lead, just let them hit it, get those ground balls.”
Viewmont (9-15 overall, 9-6 Region 5) put two runners on in each of the second and third innings, but Rencher was able to wriggle out of the jams.
“We had chances to get back in the game and after we didn’t score when we had those opportunities, the kids kind of got down,” Viewmont coach Jeff Toller said. “If we could have made it 4-2 we would have been okay and it would have been a good ballgame.”
A seven spot in the fifth inning put Farmington up 11-0, but Viewmont broke through with a pair of runs against Rencher in the bottom half of the inning, prolonging the inevitable.
“I was just not following through on my throws,” Rencher said. “I kind of lost focus a little bit, but Brock (Brown) came in and shut it down, so we’re good.”
Farmington was judicious with its hits, scoring the 15 runs on just 11 hits, but also had nine walks and a hit batter.
JP Mortensen batted 2 for 3 with two runs scored and three RBIs and the Phoenix (11-14, 9-6) batted around three times in the game, scoring more runs in a four-run sixth.
“As a team, we had a good approach from our coach, put together good team at bats and put some runs up,” Mortensen said. “It’s always good to beat our friends; a lot of us went to this school last year, so it’s a little rivalry.”
Brown and Aiden Nash had identical stat lines for Farmington, rapping two hits each, scoring two runs apiece, driving in two, plus a walk each. Trey Farr also had two hits, two runs scored and an RBI.
“We try hard to get our guys to come out and have energy at the beginning of the game,” Farmington coach Alex Exon said. “Then with the lead, Sam is a young kid that does a lot of really good things; we felt really good having him out there on the mound for us today.”
Jaxon Uffens had two hits, including a double and an RBI for Viewmont. The Vikings are the third seed from Region 5 and travel to Jordan next week.
The win means Roy will be the No. 1 seed in Region 5 and will host a first-round playoff game along with Farmington.