The Snow Canyon Warriors came into the 3A playoffs as the fourth seed, but after the brilliant performances over the last two weeks; the Warriors are making a great case to be the team to beat for the 3A title Saturday.
After a thrilling 15-11 eleven inning victory against Region 9 co-champion Desert Hills Thursday, the Warriors followed it up Friday with a 9-0 win over Carbon, and a crushing 11-1 victory over Bear River.
“There are a lot of great teams in this tournament, but we’ve been fortunate to be hitting the ball really well right now,” Jake Frei said. “We’ve stressed unity and staying together the last few weeks and right now we are being a great example of that.”
“We have been swinging the bats really well lately and we will need to keep that going,” Snow Canyon coach Reed Secrist said. “We’ve focused more on putting the ball in play and doing more of the little things. The kids have bought into it the last couple of weeks and we are seeing those results now.”
Senior pitcher Ike Jorgensen made sure the game didn’t come down to the wire and made the most of his opportunity against Carbon.
The Snow Canyon ace threw a complete game, allowed just two hits and struck out nine batters as the Warriors blanked the Dinos 9-0, to keep moving along in the one-loss bracket.
“Ike was awesome today,” Jake Sargent said. “He was really big for us. His pitching really boosted the morale for us and we started rolling from there.”
With off-speed pitches that made batters look silly and great team defense, the Warriors took the early lead and didn’t look back.
“After throwing yesterday, I called Ike last night and asked him if he could give me an inning or two,” Snow Canyon coach Reed Secrist said. “He told me that he could give me more than that, and he was right.”
During the Bear River game later that day, the Warriors had two big innings to make quick work of the Bears.
After scoring four runs in the fourth, the Warriors tacked on six runs in the fifth to end the game early with the 10-run lead.
Brad Grisenti hit a double down the left field line to score two runs. A minute later, Chance Thorkelson brought in two runs with a double and not to be leftout, Logan Opdahl also had a two out double that brought home two more runs to end the game.
Up next for the Warriors is an early morning game against Cedar Saturday at 9 a.m, for the right to face Pine View for the 3A state title right after.
“We are down to the wire now and no matter who you play, it’s going to be a tough game,” Frei added. “Were just happy that we get to keep playing.”
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Snow Canyon 11, Bear River 1
Bear River 0 1 0 0 0 X X — 1 4 3
Snow Canyon 1 4 0 0 6 X X — 11 10 0
Snow Canyon 9, Carbon 0
Carbon 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 — 0 2 2
Snow Canyon 2 0 2 2 0 3 X — 9 14 1