KAYSVILLE – The Pine View Panthers were hoping to make the most of a quick two-game trip at Davis High School, taking on 4A Logan and Clearfield.
The Panthers ended the day with nothing but positive feelings, as Pine View swept Logan, 18-2, and Clearfield, 15-3.
Pine View combined to score 33 runs in the two games, and recorded 29 hits.
Panthers coach Mike Gargano said the team was locked in offensively.
“It was just outstanding today, up and down the lineup,” he said. “Everyone was contributing today, from game one to game two. We had different players in different positions, and they all contributed. It was nice to see.”
Pine View opened the game against the Grizzlies in top form, scoring five runs in the top of the first inning. The Panthers batted through the entire lineup, with a Harrison Goebel single to left field scoring Tyler Johnston for the game’s first run.
Hunter Hansen also had a two-RBI single in the second inning, and Dakota Donovan had a two-run double in the fourth. The game ended on the mercy-rule, after the fifth inning.
A highlight defensive play happened in the fifth inning, as Logan Lafemina made a Derek Jeter-esque jump throw from second base to nab a runner.
Donovan, Hansen, Blake Ence and Kash Walker all finished with three RBI’s.
Carter Milne earned the victory for the Panthers, surrendering one earned run to Logan in five innings.
Against Clearfield, the Panthers scored nine runs in the second inning, with five hits. Pine View batted through the order, with a Jackson Bithell triple scoring two runs in the inning.
In the third, Donovan had a two-run double that gave the Panthers an 11-1 lead. Then, pitcher Brooks Barney helped his cause with an RBI triple that scored Donovan to up the lead to 12-1.
Clearfield scored two runs in the third, before Pine View responded with three runs in the fifth inning. Hansen had a sacrifice fly RBI, and Connor Clark had an RBI single to right field. Also, Ryke Ericson had an RBI single to left in the inning.
Barney got the win, surrendering three earned runs in another mercy-rule game. Hansen and Tyler Johnston combined to pitch two shutout innings.
Donovan led the team with five hits in the double header, going 5-for-6 in the two games.
Donovan said he and his teammates were focused on driving the ball.
“We came out relaxed, and just hit the way we know we should,” he said. “When everyone starts hitting as a team, the runs come.”