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Lincoln making some noise



9-run first inning powers Lincoln to 17-2 win over Wilson, first-place PIL tie with Grant

By Billy Gates | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
on May 10, 2017 10:23 PM, updated May 11, 2017 4:26 AM

HILLSBORO -- One pitch doesn't make a baseball game, but it can sure change one.

A dropped foul-tip on the third strike extended a two-out at-bat for Lincoln's Brandon Leitgeb and eventually led to a nine-run explosion in the first inning for the Cardinals in a 17-2 romp over Wilson on Wednesday at Ron Tonkin Field.

Lincoln went through the batting order plus five more hitters to open the game, and the scoring was punctuated by a Gabe Skoro two-run homer.

Wilson opened the pivotal three-game series with a 7-6 win Tuesday at home, and those two clubs, plus Grant, entered Wednesday's play tied atop the PIL standings at 13-2. The Cardinals settled the score in emphatic fashion and are now tied with just Grant with one game to go.

"We were looking for a response, and we got one," Lincoln coach CJ Watson said. "The guys don't take losing lightly. When they lose one, they get a chip on their shoulder."

Wilson pitcher Noah Keough recorded two quick outs to start the first inning. In six pitches, he struck out Lincoln leadoff hitter Matt Easton and coaxed Skoro into a groundout. Things looked fantastic for the Trojans before the most subtle of miscues turned into mayhem.

The foul-tip squirted out of Wilson catcher Carson Krake's glove, but Krake tried his best to sell the play. He quickly scooped it up and held his glove up as if he caught it, then ran straight for the dugout. It almost worked.

After the home plate umpire initially ruled it a clean catch and a strikeout to end the inning, Watson asked for an appeal as both teams hustled off the field.

The field umpire, who had the best look at the play, immediately came in signaling a dropped foul-tip. The call was correctly changed to a foul ball, and Leitgeb's plate appearance was restored.

Leitgeb worked a 10-pitch at-bat into a walk, and after Wilson was one pitch from being out of the inning unharmed, Lincoln's offense roared.

Sophomore Nick Ostmo lined a two-run triple to the right field corner, sophomore Myles Parkel scored Ostmo with a single to right and freshman Jake Leitgeb's soft liner that fit snuggly inside the foul line turned into a two-run double.

All of a sudden, Lincoln had a 5-0 lead and had batted around. And the Cardinals weren't done.

Easton hit a single in his second at-bat to score two, and that set the stage for Skoro's blast. Skoro swung at a Keough offering about chest-high, but put the barrel on the elevated fastball and physics took care of the rest. It landed in the bullpen beyond left field, then bounced onto the grass berm that come June 20 will be full of Hillsboro Hops fans.

Keough didn't make it out of the first inning, and Petie Wogan came in and put out the fire. Wogan stranded the bases loaded after Parkel flied out to center.

Lincoln scored in every inning except the sixth and put up five runs in the third inning for good measure. Coming off Tuesday's loss, in which Wilson rallied in the final inning to win, Watson said the Cardinals played team baseball and applied just about everything the coaching staff preaches about offense.

"Every at-bat was for everyone else in the dugout, not for the individual," Watson said. "Guy after guy came up, and it was just contagious."

For Lincoln, Skoro went 3 for 5 with a home run, a triple and two RBIs. Zach Ross and Baxter Halligan each went 3 for 4, and Leitgeb was 2 for 4, as was Parkel. 

Lincoln starting pitcher Jon Fortner's five innings, albeit overshadowed a bit by the outburst at the plate, were tremendous. Fortner allowed two hits with eight strikeouts and a walk in 77 pitches.

The Trojans scored single runs in the sixth and seventh. Alex Sabo hit a triple to lead off the sixth, and he scored on a Sammy DeVol groundout. After Clay Hunter singled in the seventh, he scored on a passed ball two batters later.

Leeper finished 2 for 3 with a double. Sabo's triple was the other extra-base hit for Wilson.

What a difference a day makes

DeVol hit a sacrifice fly to deep right field to score Alex Taff in the bottom of the seventh to cap a come-from-behind win for Wilson on Tuesday at Clopton Field.

The Cardinals led 3-0 after their half of the third inning, but the Trojans fought back to tie the score on a Garrett Leeper two-run single and Keough touched home on a wild pitch.

Wilson took the lead in the fourth on a Lincoln error, but the Cardinals regained the lead, 6-5, in the seventh on a Brandon Leitgeb double.

"We were very resilient, and that's what did it for us," Wilson coach Jeremy Shetler said. "Our pitcher, Cade Conklin, was pretty comfortable on the mound and did what he needed to."

Conklin scattered nine hits in a complete game performance with five strikeouts and a walk. Three of the six runs he allowed were earned, and Wilson made nice defensive plays behind him to get out of jams.

In the first inning, Conklin struck out Halligan, and then Krake cut down Leitgeb trying to steal second for a double play to end Lincoln's threat. Krake threw out Nolan Ostmo trying to steal in the sixth to end the inning, as well.

Sabo went 3 for 5 with a double and DeVol was 2 for 3. Leeper finished 2 for 4 with two RBIs for Wilson.

For Lincoln, Leitgeb was 3 for 4 with three RBIs and Skoro was 2 for 3 with two RBIs.

Both teams will make the postseason regardless of Friday's rubber match at Wilson, but Lincoln can tie Grant for first place in the standings with a win, assuming Grant beats last-place Franklin on Friday. Lincoln beat Grant in both meetings this season, so the Cardinals have the tiebreaker over the Generals. Grant clobbered Franklin 32-0 in the second game of their series Wednesday.

If the Trojans beat Lincoln, they'll not just win the series but will most likely give Grant the PIL title outright. A win would also help move up Wilson's OSAA ranking from where it was Thursday at No. 19.



































































Reno wins pair

Reno sweeps battle of first-place teams

, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.6:36 p.m. PT April 29, 2017

Reno took advantage of opportunities, got a few breaks and further established itself as the top team in the north.

In a battle of first-place teams, the Huskies swept Spanish Springs, 1-0, and 11-7, Saturday in a Northern 4A baseball doubleheader at Spanish Springs.

Christian Chamberlain pitched in relief in the first game, and hit a grand slam in the second for Reno. He got the win in the second game, striking out nine.

“Every time they scored, we answered back, and that was the difference,” Chamberlain said. “Lot of hard hit balls, both ways.”

Austin Whan got the win in the first game as he allowed four hits and struck out four.

The sweep gives Reno (17-3 league, 26-4 overall), as the Huskies would win the tiebreaker, even if they lose their last two against McQueen, and the Cougars sweep Reed.

“You’ve go to grind against a team like Spanish Springs, otherwise, you’re going to be in trouble,” Reno coach Pete Savage said.

Spanish Springs coach Matt Ortiz said his team made costly errors, and

“For us to take the next level as a program, we have to win those games,” Ortiz said. “No excuses. We make errors at inopportune times.”

The Cougars hit well and had runners on base, but struggled to score.

Reno senior Christian Chamberlain got the win against

Reno senior Christian Chamberlain got the win against Spanish Springs in the second game Saturday at Spanish Springs.He hit a grand slam in the game (Photo: Provided by Denice Whan)

Jeremy Watland had two hits and the Huskies’ lone RBI in the first game and J.B. Liessman had two hits.

Joe Condon drove in three runs in the second for Reno.

Conner Culp drove in four runs for the Cougars in the second game and had three hits. Dawson Martin also had three hits and Marlin Brucato had two.

“Whan is a good pitcher and we had our opportunities,” Ortiz said. “We have to pick each other up. ... We have to do better with the sticks at opportune times.”

He said Reno sets the standard that other teams have to live up to.

“We strive to be able to compete with these guys and I think we got Reno’s respect today, especially with what we did with  Chamberlain,” Ortiz said.

The cougars got eight of their 13 hits against Chamberlain in the second game.

Ortiz was confident his team would rebound and be strong for the Regional playoffs, which start May 9 at higher seeds.




























Reno looks for 6th region title

4A baseball: Reno seeks sixth; Manogue looks to mix of young players and veterans



636298767979131962-Rylan-Charles-Manog.JPGThe next baseball season begins Tuesday, with the stakes a bit higher.

The Northern 4A teams are not just playing for seeding now. The winner of the Regional tournament gets the North’s lone berth in the state tournament next week in Las Vegas.

Reno earned the top seed and is going for its sixth straight Region title. The Huskies host Wooster on Tuesday.

Spanish Springs is the No. 2 seed and will host Damonte Ranch in the first round. No. 6 seed Carson is at Galena and No. 5 McQueen plays at Bishop Manogue.

Oliver Shawa is batting .278 with 24 RBIs for the Miners.Buy Photo

Oliver Shawa is batting .278 with 24 RBIs for the Miners. (Photo: Jim Krajewski/RGJ)


McQueen and Manogue split during the season, each winning on the road.

The Miners are young, with two freshmen and five sophomores, but those

young players, along with some good, veteran leadership have them playing well over the past few weeks. The Miners went 7-3 in their last 10 games.

Freshman Rylan Charles has the team’s highest batting average at .459, and .463 in league games. He also has two saves.

Senior Oliver Shawa has four home runs and drove in 24. He has a .522 slugging percentage.

Fellow senior Mike Davis is batting .391, in all games, and has a slugging percentage of .685.

Davis, who will play at South Mountain Junior College in Arizona in the fall, is also a standout pitcher with 64 strikeouts in 54 2/3 innings and an ERA of 2.43. He went 6-4 on the mound.

Charles and Davis are both left-handed pitchers.

Davis said the Miners are confident, but not taking any game lightly.

“McQueen’s a good team, they’ve got a lot of wins under their belt,” Davis said. “We know they can beat us, and we can beat them, so it will be a good game.”























Reno teams advance in playoffs

Baseball: Brown shuts down Carson in Galena's win



Three of the four home teams held serve in the first-round of the playoffs.

Spanish Springs, Galena, Reno and McQueen all remained in the winners’ bracket of the Northern 4A baseball Regional tournament.

Reno’s ace Christian Chamberlain struck out 14 to help the Huskies down Wooster, 3-0. Drake Vestbie got the save.

Nick Brown gave up six hits and struck out five as Galena beat Carson, 4-1. Andrew West had a home run for the Grizzlies and Mateo Lemus, Tommy Lichty and Cole Demosthenes each had two hits.

Winning the first game is huge in the double-elimination tournament.

“It puts us in the drivers seat, where want to be,” Galena coach Beau Walker said. “We want to get our No. 1 guy (pitcher) a win.”

Walker changed the Grizzlies lineup a few weeks ago, after getting swept by Reed. He said the Grizzlies were having trouble scoring runs, so he moved Lemus to lead-off, and Lichty to second, with Niko Pezonella batting behind him.

Galena swept Spanish Springs in the regular season, right after spring break.

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Galena's Andrew West gets five from his coach after hitting a home run against Carson in Tuesday's game. (Photo: Andy Barron/RGJ)


“They didn’t play any games over spring break, so I think we got them at a good time,” Walker said. “They’re a lot different team now. That team is good.”

Brown agreed that winning the first-round game is big.

“It gives us a lot of momentum going in against Spanish Springs,” Brown said.

Carson coach Bryan Manoukian said the game was closer than the score indicated.

Galena scored its third run after a passed ball in the fourth inning with the bases loaded.

He said the Senators were lacking the necessary timely hits.

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Galena's Andrew West hit a home run against Carson in Tuesday's game. (Photo: Andy Barron/RGJ)


“We hit some balls hard and they caught them. They have some fast outfielders,” Manoukian said. “We didn’t get the next hit. We did a good job establishing ourselves and getting on base and putting the pressure on them. But we didn’t get the next hit.”

Bryce Moyle had six strikeouts for Carson.

Casey Miller allowed one hit in five innings and struck out eight as Spanish Springs shut out Damonte Ranch, 9-0. Josh Prizina had three hits and Dawson Martin drove in two runs for the Cougars. Connor Culp had two hits.

No. 5 seed McQueen went on the road to down No. 4 Bishop Manogue, the second time the Lancers won at Manogue this season.

In winners’ bracket games on Wednesday, all at 4 p.m. No. 3 seed Galena will play at No. 2 Spanish Springs; and McQueen is at top-seed Reno.

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Galena's Tommy Lichty slides into second base as Carson's Jace Keema catches the ball in Tuesday's game Lichty was called safe in the play. (Photo: Andy Barron/RGJ)


In the losers’ bracket, win-or-go-home games, at at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Wooster is at Manogue and Damonte is at Carson.

On Thursday, at Bishop Manogue, games are at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.

The Regional moves to Carson on Friday, at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.

The championship is Saturday at Bishop Manogue, at noon.

Galena outfielders Mateo Lemus, left, Austin CrofootBuy Photo

Galena outfielders Mateo Lemus, left, Austin Crofoot and Charles Douglas celebrate a win against Carson on Tuesday. (Photo: Andy Barron/RGJ)

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Galena third baseman Brandon Scheid waits for the ball as Carson's Abel Carter dives into third base in Tuesday's game. (Photo: Andy Barron/RGJ)





















































































Cottonwood rolls on in 2017

Cottonwood baseball rolling through season so far 

 May 10, 2017 10:10AM, Published by Travis Barton, Categories


By Brian Shaw  |  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

For the Cottonwood Colts baseball team, this is the year in which they intend to make serious noise. Highly touted pitcher Hayden Rosenkrantz happened to move into the school’s boundaries from Las Vegas, a defector from the Cuban Junior National team joined the team, and a returning cast of others taking their lumps last season en route to a third place state tournament finish are all ready to make it happen.

“We’ve got a lot of players that have worked hard all year and become better as the season’s gone on,” said head coach Jason Crawford. To that point, Rosenkrantz is 2-1 on the season as pitcher, and three other pitchers have winning records on the mound—including senior Jeff Borquez, who is a sparkling 4-0 as the team’s ace. 

In the season opener, however, the Colts found out that growth sometimes comes the hard way as they lost 5-0 to defending state champion Lone Peak on March 11, squandering in the process the opportunity to avenge last season’s state tournament loss that ended their season.

After that though, the Colts opened their preseason with impressive wins over Fremont and Alta—the latter an 11-1 pasting of a good Hawks team.

On the week of March 21, the Colts opened region play with three wins in a row over Copper Hills. Their schedule then took them on the road to California for a tournament, in which they opened play with a 19-0 pummeling of Savanna (Calif.) before putting up 25 runs against Roosevelt (Calif.) in another shutout victory.

That brought them to a showdown with nationally ranked Tustin (Calif.). The Colts stormed out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning until the second inning arrived, at which point Tustin put together two runs and followed that output up with another four runs the following inning.

Cottonwood made things interesting with a two-run home run by senior Hunter Blunt in the bottom of the seventh, but couldn’t quite manufacture the tying run, losing 6-5.

Upon their return to Utah, the Colts faced off against powerhouse Bingham in a critical region tilt. While the Colts battled hard, they came up short in all three meetings against Bingham—their first region losses on the young season.

In the first game against Bingham, the Colts trotted their ace Rosenkrantz out to the mound. He only gave up two hits, which also happened to be the only runs the Colts gave up in a 2-0 loss. Bingham then went on to win the second game—but only after the Colts were outlasted in 10 innings, 11-6. The final game of the series—the last time the two teams will meet this season—was also one to remember.

Cottonwood stormed out to an early lead in the last game of the series, but Bingham’s bats erupted for six runs through the second and third innings to hand the Colts a 7-4 loss. 

Going forward, the Colts baseball squad will have to continue to prove it has what it takes to hang with the likes of Bingham and Lone Peak—two teams they’ll likely see in the state tournament later this May. It started out the week of April 10 with two impressive wins over Brighton in the midst of their three-game series. Later, three-game series with Jordan, West Jordan and Taylorsville will close out the regular season. Currently the Colts stand at 5-3 in region play—10-5 overall.