Heading into this week, Canyon View head coach Jason Jacobsen reminded his team how the season’s end is fast approaching.
“I told the kids, you know you only have a couple weeks left of the season,” Jacobsen said. “It just goes so fast, and it’s over before you know it.”
The Region 12 title race might be over even sooner.
In a battle of region undefeated teams, Canyon View (8-0) walked away with a doubleheader sweep, beating Juab 4-2 in the first game and 8-2 in the second.
With the two wins, the Falcons can now wrap up the region championship with another victory over Juab (5-2) on Friday.
“I think it’s on everyone’s mind,” Xavier Stoker said of the possibility of clinching. “We want to be the no-doubt No. 1 team and prove to every team from Region 9 that we are still here.”
And it was Stoker that gave the Falcons the spark in the first game on Tuesday. In the bottom of the fourth and Canyon View trailing 2-1, Stoker sent an 0-2 fast ball out over the fence for a 2-run home run to give the Falcons a 3-2 lead.
The next inning Stoker collected another RBI on a single, giving the home team an insurance run. The Falcons wouldn’t need as Jackson Vasi pitched six strong innings to collect the win, before giving way to Cadyn Clark for the save in the seventh.
The second game was just as close — for most of it, at least. Canyon View pitcher Joey Lambeth found himself in a pitchers’ duel for most of the night, and when he got the final Juab batter of the sixth inning to line out to short, the Falcons had just a 2-1 lead.
That changed quickly in the sixth when Vasi hit a no-doubt home run to left field.
“I knew that we were only up one run, at the time, so I just wanted to get a run up on the board just for cushion,” Vasi said.
It was only the beginning for Canyon View. Vasi’s long ball started a parade of hits and base runners. The Falcons collected seven hits and drew two walks in the inning to open up an 8-1 lead.
“I think we were really close to busting out (the whole game),” Jacobsen said. “We were barreling up balls, so I think we were just due.”
Juab did come back with three straight hits to start the seventh and got a run back, before Clark came in and closed the door on the Wasps for his second save of the day.
The Falcons offense wasn’t as explosive as it has been for most of the season, but solid pitching in both games gave Canyon View’s bats some time to come alive.
“I thought Vasi and Joey were great,” Jacobsen said. “Both games they both got in and out of trouble. They made some good pitches and got us key outs and some strike outs.”
Jacobsen said he wasn’t concerned about the possibility of clinching the region, saying that his team still has four games left and that’s what he’s focused on.
His players were a bit more enthusiastic about the chance.
“It feels good knowing that we can sweep the series and we can be region champs right there,” Vasi said.
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