At the rate he was going, Beaver pitcher Sam Myers had history in his sights after he retired the first 15 batters he faced in the Region 13 baseball opener against Enterprise on Tuesday.
Even though visions of a perfect game didn’t quite come true, Myers still got what he and his Beavers teammates came for.
Myers struck out 15 and finished with a two-hitter as Beaver cruised to a 7-1 victory over the Wolves at Bowler Field, improving to 3-0 on the season.
“I just wanted to get the win,” said Myers, who didn’t walk a batter and gave up only two flyouts. “I get close (to a no-hitter) a lot, but it never seems to happen. I just go in and stay focused.”
Myers certainly did his part at the plate in the Beavers’ four-run fifth that broke open a tight duel with Wolves starter Chandler Bowler. Myers reached on a throwing error and later scored on a sacrifice fly, then added a solo home run with two out in the sixth inning.
When Myers took the mound for the bottom of the frame, Kasen Bundy lined the first pitch to center field for a single that broke up the perfect-game effort. Bundy would score the Wolves’ only run later in the inning on a throwing error.
“Sam’s been doing this since he took us to the (2A) state championship game as a sophomore,” said new Beaver head coach Curt Heslington. “He’s got good velocity, keeps his head on his shoulders and does a good job. He can swing the bat, too.
“Any time you come to Enterprise and get a 7-1 win, you’ve done pretty well.”
Beaver gave Myers all the offense he would need with single runs in each of the first two innings. Dallin Murdock had an RBI single in the second and doubled in another run in the fifth that put the win away.
“Getting the win sets the tone for a good region season,” Heslington said.
Enterprise fell to 0-3, 0-1.
PAROWAN 6, MILLARD 3: The Rams jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the fourth before the Eagles stormed back with three runs over the next two innings. Parowan Pitcher Colby Warren pitched a complete game and managed to hold Millard to no runs in the seventh and eighth, allowing his team to steal the narrow win.
Triston Adams had two base hits with one RBI, while Jake Pham had a double for Parowan.
DIAMOND RANCH 13, MILFORD 3: Diamond Ranch cruised to the five inning, double digit victory over Milford thanks to strong produciton from Evan Stransky (3-for-4 with an RBI), Michael Bailey (2-for-3 with two RBIs) and Charles Chuning (2-for-3, a single RBI and three runs scored).
The Diamondbacks scored eight points in the second inning and held on from there. They also had 15 hits and a single error.
CANYON VIEW 4, DELTA 0: Austin Bregger may have been the winning pitcher Tuesday night for Canyon View, but it was Zach Brinkerhoff who lit up the stat sheet. Brinkerhoff pitched the last three innings and struck out eight players, and helped lead the Falcons to a road victory over Delta.
Canyon View had five hits in the game and scores in the first, fourth, fifth and sixth innings.
The Rabbits finished with three hits.
ENTERPRISE 11, BEAVER 1, 5 INN.: Taylor Phelps hit a big three-run homer in the fifth inning as the Wolves finished off the Beavers early to win their Region 13 opener Tuesday.
Kaylee Christensen, Jaycee Reber and Dakota Robinson added doubles in a nine-hit attack as Enterprise improved to 4-0 overall. Robinson allowed only one hit and struck out nine.
The Beavers scored their run in the second, but the Wolves answered in the bottom half of the inning to tie, then followed up with three runs each in the third and fourth.
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