Drake Grange hit an RBI double in the bottom of the ninth inning to secure a walk-off, 9-8 win for Fremont baseball against West Jordan on Monday in the first round of the 6A state playoffs.
Grange ended up batting 4 for 6 with two RBIs. Taylor Ellis tossed 4 2/3 innings of shutout relief.
The Silverwolves led 3-0 after two innings before the Jaguars scored four runs in the third.
Fremont, which drew nine walks, responded with four more in the bottom half to go ahead 7-4. WJ tied the game 8-8 with three fifth-inning runs.
Fremont had the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh, but couldn’t end the game. The Silverwolves will host American Fork on Tuesday at 4 p.m. in the second round.
DAVIS 9, HERRIMAN 3
Parker Jensen batted 3 for 4 with two doubles and two RBIs, leading Davis to a first-round playoff win over Herriman. Jake Wendt and Adam Hackmeister both batted 2 for 4.
The Darts advance to face top-seeded Pleasant Grove on Tuesday at 4 p.m. at Pleasant Grove High.
SYRACUSE 11, COPPER HILLS 0
Fourth-seeded Syracuse pulled off a massive upset on the road, shutting out top-seeded Copper Hills in a mercy rule-shortened game.
Pitcher Dylan Hawkes threw all five innings, allowed two hits and struck out six to go with a 2-for-3 day at the plate with a double and three RBIs.
Trey Schofield batted 2 for 3 with three RBIs, Mark Amparan hit 3 for 4 and Logan Poe batted 2 for 4.
Syracuse visits second-seeded Kearns Tuesday at 4 p.m. in the second round of the playoffs.
CORNER CANYON 9, FARMINGTON 5
Farmington cut Corner Canyon’s 8-1 lead to 8-5 in the sixth inning, but ultimately fell to the Chargers in the first round of the 5A baseball state playoffs.
Sam Graves batted 2 for 4 with a double. Farmington hosts Skyline in the one-loss bracket Tuesday at 4 p.m.
RIVERTON 13, CLEARFIELD 7
Clearfield fought back from an 8-0 deficit, but Riverton held on to beat the Falcons. Clearfield visits Cyprus on Tuesday at 4 p.m. in the one-loss bracket.
JORDAN 12, VIEWMONT 2
Viewmont hosts Wasatch on Tuesday at 4 p.m. in the one-loss bracket.
WOODS CROSS 0
Woods Cross visits Highland on Tuesday at 4 p.m. in the one-loss bracket.
FARMINGTON 7, WOODS CROSS 3
Farmington led 4-0 after one inning and cruised to a win at Woods Cross in Monday’s Region 5 play-in game, clinching the No. 4 seed in the playoffs. The Phoenix will play at Corner Canyon Tuesday at 4 p.m.
Morgan Tanner and Hadley Eichmeier homered for the Phoenix. Haley McFarland drove in three and Emily Barton batted 3 for 3. Delaney Baker struck out seven in a complete game.
Julana Te’O and Ari Ayala drove in one run each for WX.
The 6A and 5A state softball playoffs begin Tuesday with all games at 4 p.m. at the location of the lower-seeded team. The second round is Thursday at 4 p.m.
Region 1 champion Layton hosts Riverton, whom the Lancers beat in the second round of last year’s playoffs. Layton’s strong all around with deep hitting and good pitching. Riverton is odds-on the best No. 4 seed in the tournament.
Second-seeded Fremont hosts Taylorsville. The Warriors hit .382 as a team, play very good defense and yet were third in their region. Fremont’s last four games have come against some of the best teams around, so the Silverwolves should be well-prepared.
Davis visits second-seeded Herriman, the defending state champions. The Mustangs are about as good of an all-around team as one might find, but the Darts’ have a defense that allows just 4.4 runs per game, the lowest in 6A.
Clearfield’s won its last eight games, including four-straight region games, to finish strong. The Falcons meet a Copper Hills squad that bats .440 and which won a region title in a tough region.
In 5A, Bountiful enters as one of the favorites along with West and Wasatch. The Braves host Timpview, which has lost three straight and four of its last five games.
Roy started region play 2-5 and for a minute looked like it was going to miss the playoffs. Eight region wins later and the Royals are the No. 2 seed, hosting Cottonwood.
Defending 5A state champion Box Elder hopes to recapture some of last year’s final-day magic. The Bees visit Alta, which split the Region 7 title with Corner Canyon. The Hawks score an average of 11.2 runs per game.
Farmington will face Corner Canyon. The Chargers allow less than four runs per game and average 5.04 stolen bases per game.
The first round of the 6A and 5A playoffs are Tuesday at 4 p.m. with the quarterfinal rounds coming Friday at the home of the lower-seeded team.
In 6A soccer, Region 1 champion Davis gets Riverton from Region 3 in the first round. The Darts come in on a streak of eight-straight wins and of their 15 games this season, they have 11 shutouts.
Second-seeded Layton hosts Taylorsville, which has lost just once since April 10. The Lancers have conceded just 14 goals this year while the Warriors have scored just 19 in 16 games.
Weber, coming off two very good season-ending wins, goes to Herriman to face the two-time defending state runners-up. The Mustangs aren’t as strong this year as the past couple years, but still present a potent attack.
Fourth-seeded Clearfield has won four of five, including Saturday’s play-in game, to set up a trip to Region 3 champion Copper Hills, which has won five straight.
In 5A, Region 5 champion Viewmont hosts Jordan. The Vikings scored 27 goals and conceded just six in their 15 games this season, a mark which includes 11 shutouts. The Beetdiggers have allowed 21 goals in their last five games.
Roy won its final three region games to clinch a home playoff game for the second-straight year. The Royals are 4-4-1 in games decided by one goal or less. Roy hosts Corner Canyon, which has lost three of four.
Box Elder visits Alta. The Bees have been up and down, not having any winning or losing streak of more than two games this year. The Hawks beat everyone on their schedule not named Brighton or Desert Hills.
Woods Cross won a play-in game to stem a three-game winless run. The Wildcats face Region 7 champion Brighton, which is 14-1 overall with a 53-11 goal-scoring margin and an 8-0 home record.
AREA COACHING CHANGES
Layton Christian Academy announced Jeremy Jones as its new girls basketball coach on Monday, replacing Aaron Schrader, who’s moving into a different role at LCA, according to athletic director Jared Miller.
Jones was most recently the girls basketball head coach at Malad High in Malad, Idaho. The past three seasons, the Malad Dragons accumulated an overall record of 50-28, competing in classes 3A and 2A in Idaho according to MaxPreps.
Bear River High will have a new girls basketball coach and a new girls soccer coach. Jesse Esquivel takes over the girls soccer program and Tyrell Neal will head up the girls basketball program.
Esquivel was most recently an assistant coach for the girls soccer team and Neal was most recently an assistant coach on the boys basketball team.
Ben Lomond High announced Monday that its baseball head coaching position is open.