The Dixie Flyers not only got sweet revenge Wednesday night in the season opener against Canyon View, but also made history in the process.
After being swept last year to end the season, the Flyers came out fired up and used that momentum to win the season opener, 6-1, over the visiting Falcons.
“The best part of the game for me was stepping out on the field and seeing all the hard work being paid off by each member of this team,” Dixie head coach Danny Ipson said. “It was fun to be out here with a packed house, and hopefully this is a big kickoff moment for us.”
Emotions were mixed heading into the season opener, which was played at the new state of the art baseball field at Dixie High School. After tearing down Don Lay Flyer Field after the season was over last year, the new baseball field was built just west of the football field.
“It felt great to be out there,” Dixie starting pitcher Tyson Fisher said. “There was definitely a special feeling with the old field, but I love our new field. Everyone was really excited to come out and play and make history.”
Ironically, Canyon View was the last opponent to play at the old baseball field and was the first opponent to step foot in the new stadium.
“(Canyon View) Coach Jacobsen and I talked about putting this game together, and he brought it up that they were the last team to play on the old field and the first team to play on the new field,” Ipson said. “I hadn’t thought about that until he mentioned it, but I thought that was really cool.”
The Flyers got out to a great start as catcher Trevor Connell threw out CV’s Payton Higgins who got caught trying to steal second. That play ended the top half of the inning and gave the Flyers all the momentum they would need to take over the game.
Dixie’s Hobbs Nyberg led off with a walk and moved to second on a fielder’s choice. CV second baseman Joey Lambeth made a terrific diving stop to get Duncan Staheli out at first.
Nyberg then stole third and after the ball got past CV third baseman Xavier Stoker, Hobbs walked in to put the Flyers up 1-0.
Fisher then added an RBI single with a hit up the middle to push the lead to 2-0 with just one out. Connell and Kayler Yates each walked in as Falcons pitcher Jackson Vasi had trouble finding the strike zone.
And by the time the inning was over, Dixie scored four runs on just one hit thanks to six walks by Vasi.
The Flyers pushed the lead to 6-0 on an RBI single from Connell as well as another walk into home plate by Yates.
The Falcons did manage to get on the board in the top of the sixth. Stoker blasted a shot to center to bring in a run to cut the deficit to 6-1. But that’s as close as the Falcons would get thanks to a dominating pitching performance from the Flyer bullpen.
Fisher led the way with four strikeouts over two innings and Wyatt Woodland had two strikeouts in two innings.
And with the amount of tournament games being played this week, Ipson made sure a number of players got out on the diamond.
“We have a lot of games this week and we wanted a lot of guys to play and to keep guys fresh for the week,” he said. “Canyon View is a great team, and I was really impressed with each one of our guys.”
The only disappointment for the Flyers was not taking advantage of runners in scoring positions. Thirteen runners were left on base and that is something that Coach Ipson stressed about after the game.
“We had a lot of opportunities during the game that we were looking for the big hit,” he said. “We were not able to get the big hit and that is something that we need to work on. Other than that, I was really pleased with our performance.”