Prep Baseball: Clearfield again stifles Northridge with pitching, defense

Wednesday , April 11, 2018 - 8:48 PM

BOB JUDSON
Standard-Examiner correspondent

LAYTON — The bottom half of the Clearfield batting order rose to the top Wednesday afternoon.

Clearfield’s six, seven, eight and nine hitters scored all of its runs as the Falcons took their second straight Region 1 game over Northridge, this time by a 6-1 count.

Clearfield plated two runs in the second inning. The other four came in the fifth, and both rallies started with two outs and no runners on base.

“That was some clutch hitting in big spots. We rolled straight through with six (runs). That was great baseball,” Clearfield coach Steve Ross said. “It was good to see the kids break out and step up in those spots.”

Both runs in the second inning were unearned, but it was the first time this year the Falcons (8-6 overall, 6-2 Region 1) have scored any runs in the second stanza, so they got that monkey off their back.

The four-run fifth inning came on the back of five consecutive hits, capped by a two-run double from leadoff hitter Taylor Sato, who chased home the runners from the bottom of the order.

Dougrey Humphrey scored two runs and drove in one, while Brady Ross — starting for the injured Jake Angelico — also scored twice, had two singles and an RBI.

Angelico broke both bones in his lower leg Tuesday and had surgery that night, but still attended the game Wednesday before the Falcons sent him home after a few innings.

Clearfield starter Conner Coleman pitched a complete game, scattering six hits and striking out four.

“I love going the full seven. It’s just good to try and get as much out of it, as many innings as I can to try and help the team out,” Coleman said. “It felt good to get some runs early ... I knew our defense could get some outs for me.”

With the Angelico injury, the Falcons mixed things up in the field and everything seemed to work, producing one stellar defensive play after another, just when they were needed.

“Coming into the game, I knew that if I could hit my spots that my team would be back there helping me out and as long as we could get groundballs and flyballs, it would be good,” Coleman said.

Clearfield’s starting pitchers have allowed just one run in each of the first two games against the Knights, with Bryson Hirabayashi throwing a complete game Tuesday.

“These boys throw well. They’re both juniors, both throw hard, command three pitches, sometimes four,” Steve Ross said. “They hit their spots and stay out of trouble; then you have some defense behind them and put some hits like we did today with two outs ...”

Weather permitting, the Falcons will go for a sweep of the Knights (5-9, 3-5) on Friday at Clearfield.

Jake Porter — the hitter, not the pitcher — had two singles for Northridge and scored its only run, while Hunter Harris added a pair of singles and an RBI.

BOUNTIFUL 4, ROY 2

ROY — Bountiful scored three runs in the third inning and held off Roy’s late comeback bid for the Region 5 win.

Isaac Parry went 2 for 4 with a home run, a double and two RBIs for the Braves. Mason Farr hit 2 for 3 with a double and Josh Welling had a double and two RBIs. Lance Behrends picked up the win, allowing six hits while striking out four over 5 1/3 innings.

Jaxson Dart and Brody Perkes each went 2 for 4 to lead Roy, with Dart driving in one. Jackson Hulce hit a double. Perkes pitched a complete game in the loss, striking out 10 and giving up eight hits.

LAYTON CHRISTIAN 13, NORTH SUMMIT 2

LAYTON — Layton Christian scored seven runs in the first inning in their win over North Summit, then added four in the fifth to end the game by run rule. Hunter Sharrett picked up the win on the mound for the Eagles.

DAVIS 9, WEBER 3

KAYSVILLE — Cody Christensen pitched a complete game as Davis won a Region 1 game against Weber.

Garrett Larson went 3 for 3 with a double and a home run, and Zach Mansfield added another big fly for Davis.

Cade Nielsen hit a two-run double for the Warriors. Kaden Fogg drove in the other Weber run and Brevin Thon had two hits.

BEAR RIVER 11, MOUNTAIN CREST 1

GARLAND — Mountain Crest’s leadoff hitter scored in the top of the first, then Bear River scored 11 unanswered runs to claim the six-inning Region 12 contest.

Parker Coombs picked up the win, pitching a complete game with five hits and four strikeouts. Kelton Summers went 2 for 3 with an RBI and Braxton Jeppsen hit 2 for 4 with two RBIs and one run scored.

LAYTON 9, FREMONT 5

PLAIN CITY — Mitchell Smith had two hits and drove in four runs as Layton beat Fremont.

Cam Day pitched five innings, allowed five runs, struck out five batters and got the win for Layton. Jack Arevalo took the loss for Fremont.

JUAN DIEGO 10, OGDEN 6

OGDEN — Juan Diego scored four runs in the top of the sixth inning to break a 6-6 tie and take the Region 11 win.

After Juan Diego scored six runs to take a 6-2 lead in the top of the third inning, Ogden scored three in the third and one in the fourth to pull even.

MORGAN 3, SOUTH SUMMIT 2

MORGAN — South Summit and Morgan each scored a run in the second and fifth innings, but the Trojans plated the winning run in the bottom of the sixth to grab the Region 13 win.

T.C. Rhodes pitched a complete game to pick up the win, with eight strikeouts and three hits. Morgan scored three runs on only one hit.

VIEWMONT 13, WOODS CROSS 3

WOODS CROSS — Lucas Bushey drove in four runs as Viewmont improved to 2-0 in Region 5 play.

The Vikings took a 7-0 lead into the bottom of the fourth when Woods Cross responded with a three-run homer from Carson Dobias. Viewmont scored its next six runs in the fifth. Adam Duke had two RBIs.

STANSBURY 14 & 12, BEN LOMOND 0 & 0

OGDEN — Ben Lomond was shut out by Stansbury in both ends of a Region 11 doubleheader.

The Scots were no-hit in the first game. Tanner Pinkerton and Zane Espinoza each got a hit in the nightcap.

Justin Johnson contributed to score reports.

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