Revenge was certainly on the minds of the Pine View Panthers after getting swept by Snow Canyon during the first week of Region 9 play last year.
After a 13-1 victory Tuesday, the defending 3A champions went on the road and picked up a 5-2 win over the Warriors to stay undefeated in region play.
Pine View pitcher Brooks Barney threw a complete game and gave up just three hits while striking out seven to lead the Panthers.
“We were ready for them,” Barney said of Snow Canyon. “We had all year to think about it and everyone wanted to start the region season off right.”
“The guys really wanted this series,” Pine View head coach Troy Wall added. “Snow Canyon always has a terrific team so when you get a win against them you take it.”
Snow Canyon had the lead for much of the game until a big fifth inning rally doomed the Warriors.
In the bottom of the first, the Warriors scored its only runs of the game.
Jake Mack led off with a walk and Nick Dolce doubled to deep right field to put runners on first and third. Austin Deming then stepped up and hit a shot to right field to bring in two runs.
Deming had it going on the mound as the right-hander had five strikeouts through four innings and most importantly, kept the Panthers scoreless.
But then the runs came pouring in.
Down 2-1 in the top of the fifth, Pine View’s Jared Stirling led off with a walk and then stole second a few pitches later. Second baseman Logan Lafemina added a base hit and advanced to second with a play at third. With runners on second and third, Barney stepped up to the plate knowing he needed to make a play.
The senior stepped up as he singled through the right side to bring in two runs and gave the Panthers its first lead of the game.
Connor Clark then added an RBI double with a deep shot down the left field line. A couple inches over and the ball would have been foul.
“I just wanted to make a play for my team,” Clark said. “We left a lot of guys on base at the start. I’m just glad the ball stayed fair. It was close.”
Jagun Leavitt then added another RBI to give the Panthers a 5-2 lead and eventually the win. Leavitt had a team-high three hits with Clark and Lafemina each having two hits apiece.
Deming had two hits and two RBIs in the loss for Snow Canyon.
With the win, Pine View will now travel to Hurricane for a game Tuesday night, before hosting the Tigers Friday night on its new baseball field.
With the loss, Snow Canyon drops to 0-2 in region play and will host Cedar Tuesday, before making the trip up north on Friday.