ST. GEORGE – Dixie quickly rallied from a first-inning deficit, and pitcher Drew Bailey got out of one threatening situation after another, as the Flyers downed Desert Hills 5-1 Tuesday at Flyers Field.
Bailey struck out 10 and gave up just one hit in getting the complete-game victory.
However, the Thunder had plenty of base runners. The old baseball quiz asks, “What are the seven ways a batter can reach base safely?” The answer—a hit, a walk, an error, a fielder’s choice, hit by pitch, a dropped third strike and catcher’s interference. On Tuesday night, the Thunder got runners aboard via all seven ways.
That meant Bailey was throwing most of the night with some pressure on him, but he only gave up one unearned run and stranded nine Thunder runners.
“When you go out and pitch, how you’re able to react in those situations is what defines who you are as a pitcher,” said Dixie coach Danny Ipson. “He was able to minimize the damage and make out pitches.”
After toiling to get out of one jam after another, Bailey worked nearly as diligently afterwards to deflect the credit away from him and redirect to his teammates.
He praised Trevor Connell for calling the game behind the plate, Hobbs Nyberg for making an important catch in left field, and the rest of his teammates for their offense and defense.
“So much credit goes to them,” the humbler hurler said. “I don’t do this without them. They did more for me than I did for them.”
Dixie pitcher Drew Bailey throws against Desert Hills Tuesday, March 31, 2015.
Bailey was also quick to say the unearned run belonged to him.
Trey Allred put Desert Hills up 1-0 in the opening frame when he scored on a throwing error.
“They put up a run on me in the first inning, and my team picked me up,” Bailey said.
In the bottom of the first inning, Dixie responded with three runs.
The rally started when Kody Hutchings struck out but still reached first base when the strikeout pitch wasn’t caught. His cousin, Collin Hutchings, followed by drilling the first pitch he saw into left field for a single.
Then Jaden Rawlings boomed a double into the right field gap to score Kody Hutchings.
Chaz Hansen drove in Collin Hutchings and Rawlings when he too smacked into left field the first pitch he saw to make it 3-1 Dixie.
“I thought it was a huge deal (to respond),” Ipson said. “Jaden is able to square up and drive the ball into the gap. That was a game-changing play.”
The scored stayed at 3-1 into the fifth inning when Dixie scored twice without getting a hit.
Rawlings walked and Hansen was hit by a pitch to start the inning. Then Hobbs Nyberg lined his bunt attempt toward the mound. The ball, though, dropped underneath the glove of the lunging Thunder pitcher to load the bases.
Sacrifice flies to the warning tracks in right and in left drove in both runs to make it 5-1 Dixie.
Desert Hills’ best opportunity came in the third when it loaded the bases with one out.
But Bailey got a strikeout and forced a foul out to end the inning.
Cedar 6, Snow Canyon 3
Parowan 10, Millard 1
Enterprise 3, Beaver 2
Canyon View 10, Desert Hills 6
Dixie 1, Pine View 0 (8)
Enterprise 7, Beaver 0
Pine View 2, Canyon View 0
Snow Canyon 4, Cedar 2