CEDAR CITY – As the innings wore on between Pine View and Canyon View, the pitching duel between Panthers ace Dakota Donovan and the Falcons’ Skyler Johnson found new doses of intensity.
Brooks Barney put an end to the tension and put Pine View in the win column.
Barney singled to start a four-run sixth inning, and Donovan did the rest on the mound as the Panthers held on for a 5-2 victory over the Falcons on Tuesday afternoon. Hunter Hansen added a two-run double as Pine View improved to 3-2 in Region 9.
“This is a good win because it gets us rolling in region again,” Barney said. “We owed it to Dakota to get him some runs. He was pitching a great game.”
With one out in a 1-1 game, Donovan doubled to start the winning rally and end Johnson’s day after 5 1/3 innings. Keaton Kringlen came on in relief, and Barney greeted him with a clean single to left field that scored Donovan to break the tie.
Blake Ence singled to put two runners on, and Hansen chased them both home with a line double to the fence in left-center field. After Kash Walker popped out, Connor Clark drove in the fourth run of the inning with a single.
“The win meant a lot, but it jump-starts our season,” Donovan said. “I had off-speed working to get ground balls, but we made plays when we needed to.”
Canyon View (2-3 Region 9) got a run back in the bottom of the seventh on an RBI single from Kringlen with one out, but Donovan settled down. Jackson Vasi grounded out and Zac Savage struck out as Pine View finished off the victory.
Falcons coach Jason Jacobson said his team’s missed opportunities were tough to take when working against Donovan.
“We had opportunities all day,” Jacobsen said. “He got tough, and we didn’t get tough enough. … It’s a new day tomorrow, but I like the way we played. We have to cash our chances in.”
Canyon View took advantage of early wildness from Donovan to push across a run in the bottom of the first. Payton Higgins beat out an infield single leading off, stole second, went to third on a wild pitch, and scored on a single from Kringlen.
The score held until the fifth. With one out, Walker singled, stole second and third, and scored on a sacrifice fly from Clark to pull the Panthers even.
CEDAR 6, SNOW CANYON 3
The Redmen came through with two runs in the fourth inning and two more in the sixth to rally past the Warriors and break a three-game losing streak.
Brecken Lewis went the distance on the mound with a two-walk, nine-strikeout performance as Cedar improved to 2-3 in Region 9 play. Isaac Rhea homered and drove in all three runs for Snow Canyon (3-2) in the loss.
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