Leader Sports Writer
The Bears started their chase for a chance at the state title in Park City last Saturday, but lost a tough game to Canyon View, 8-7, before beating Juab, 10-1, to keep their postseason alive.
As a result of Dixie State being awarded as a host site for the NCAA regionals, the 3A baseball championships will move to Utah Valley University, Orem, with four games in Spanish Fork. The state tournament begins on Thursday at Spanish Fork for the Bears when they take on Payson, Region 12’s two-seed with a 7-3 region record (15-9 season). Payson beat Wasatch last Saturday 7-4, and then Desert Hills beat Payson 10-2, sending them to face Bear River.
The Bears played a good offensive game against Canyon View, but mistakes led to a loss.
“We came out and jumped on them early and put four runs on the board,” said coach Donald Hawes. “But we made some costly mistakes to let them back in the game.”
The Bears had a 4-0 lead after Hunter Porritt hit a double to start the second inning. Taylor Lund hit a single up the middle with the bases loaded to score three runs. Canyon View scored three in the top of the third inning to get back in the game.
Broc Hill blasted a three-run homer over the center field fence to put the Bears ahead 7-3 in the bottom of the fourth.
Hill had a tremendous game at the plate. Tyler Rasmussen roped a double. The Bears had some sac flies and were able to lay down some sac bunts, playing great team offense led by Hayden Woodward and Kyle Hess.
In the bottom of the sixth, the Bears had two outs and struck out the batter. In a confusing call, the umpire declared the ball had hit the dirt and the batter needed to be tagged out or thrown out at first. The Bears were headed toward the dugout after seeing what they thought was a clear strike out. The runner reached second base and the tying run was scored. The Bears gave up four runs in the sixth to give Canyon View new life.
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