Wolves rout Rams, ride high into postseason

Wolves rout Rams, ride high into postseason

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Wolves rout Rams, ride high into postseason

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CEDAR CITY

Enterprise needed a big win Friday against Parowan to help propel the team into the postseason with some momentum.

Parowan needed a win to keep its hopes of a Region 13 crown alive.

The regular-season finale for both teams, played on a neutral field at Cedar High, ended with the Wolves smiling at a 10-0 victory and the Rams settling for a second-place region finish behind Beaver for the second year in a row.

A five-run third inning got the offense rolling for Enterprise while the Rams struggled on both sides of the ball, and the Wolves ended the regular season with a three-game win streak.

“It’s kind of nice; all year long we’ve left guys stranded, and in the last two games we’ve figured out how to score guys when we get them on,” Enterprise coach Kyle Bundy said. “It’s a good feeling that it ended up this way.”

With the offense in good shape, it took the pressure off of pitcher Brandell Shumway, who pitched five innings, allowing just three hits and striking out seven batters.

He also added two hits and a pair of RBIs.

“I felt great,” Shumway said of his performance. “I had a good defense to help me, and I couldn’t do it without them.”

“The offense helped a lot,” he added. “When we can hit the ball, we can do good things.”

Both teams took a while to warm up, with Parowan getting just two hits over the first two innings and Enterprise trying to figure out Justice Walker, who didn’t allow a hit until the third inning.

But after the Wolves got their first hit, there would be no stopping them.

Chris Shock doubled with one out in the third inning to stop Justice’s no-hitter, and the next seven Enterprise batters would reach base.

Dustin Tullis’ single brought Shock home and gave the Wolves a 1-0 lead.

Connor Phelps scored on a passed ball to make it 2-0, and singles from Shumway, Klint Simkins and Bradlee Clegg each scored runs to extend the count to 5-0.

Two big hits in the fourth inning put the score at 9-0. Simkins hit a three-run double, and Shumway picked up his second RBI with a single on the next at bat.

Parowan managed only one base runner over the last three innings as Shumway continued to pound the strike zone.

Enterprise grabbed the clincher on a bases-loaded fly ball to left field by Damon Jones that fell just short of the fence but was long enough to bring Shock home for the win.

The Wolves finish the season with an overall record of 11-11 and — with an 8-6 mark against Region 13 opponents — stand in fifth place behind Delta heading into the playoffs.

Parowan ends its season with a record of 14-7, 10-4 respectively having lost two of its final three games.

“This definitely puts us in a better place,” Shumway said. “We’ll be playing some good teams, so we’ll have to come out and keep playing like we have been.”

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