The first pitch of Saturday night’s Snow Canyon baseball game against Shadow Ridge (Las Vegas) set an ominous tone for things to come.
Even if that first pitch was a flyout by the Mustangs’ pitcher Eric Jordan, it was still crushed to center field.
It was that kind of day for Warriors’ pitcher Kyle Rogers, who was roughed up by Shadow Ridge in an 11-4 loss.
The loss, Snow Canyon’s third out of four weekend games, was made hard when the Mustangs jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning.
Once the bottom of the first finally rolled around, the Warriors faced Eric Jordan on the mound, who was a menace.
“That’s a pretty good pitcher on the mound. We’re going to see that in this region too so we better get ourselves prepared for that,” Warriors coach Reed Secrist said.
Jordan kept Snow Canyon off balance for five innings, throwing his off-speed pitches for strikes and mixing breaking balls and curveballs with his mid-80s fastball.
But inning after inning, Rogers was hit hard. Sometimes the ball happened to go right toward an outfielder. Often times it didn’t.
Shadow Ridge right fielder Trevin Reynolds made it 4-0 with an RBI double in the third inning.
In the fifth inning, shortstop Isaiah Blaylock smoked a solo home run to right field, and Koby Millner hit an RBI double to make it 6-0.
Eventually the Warriors broke through with a Brock Staheli RBI single in the 4th inning, but that only cut the deficit to 6-1.
“We’ve just got to put the ball in play and make sure we see the ball and drive it,” Snow Canyon second baseman Nick Dolce said.
Shadow Ridge scored two more in the fifth to make it 8-1, but the outs Snow Canyon was getting were still hard-hit.
Secrist also said his team missed hand signs throughout the game, something he said shouldn’t be happening this far into the season.
The Warriors scored three runs in the fifth inning with a bases-loaded walk, a fielder’s choice and a shortstop throwing error.
Any momentum was squashed in the very next frame as Trevin Reynolds slapped an RBI single to left field for the Mustangs’ ninth run.
That was the final straw for Kyle Rogers’ rough outing, who gave up eight earned runs and 11 hits in five-and-a-third innings.
“Those guys swung the bat real well, but I think Kyle missed his spots a few times, when he did hit his spots he was successful,” Secrist said.
Shadow Ridge followed with two more runs in the sixth inning.
While the Warriors were never within arm’s reach, Secrist and Dolce both said facing a pitcher of Jordan’s caliber was a good test for Region 9 play, which begins on April 5.
Shortstop Austin Deming went 1 for 2, Jackson Nowatzke went 0 for 1 with an RBI and Kaleb Gates went 0 for 2 with an RBI.
Springville 5, Snow Canyon 3
Earlier in the day, the Warriors fell to Springville, but nearly pulled off a comeback. They trailed 5-0 heading into the bottom of the seventh and scored three runs.
Snow Canyon had a runner on first base, but the inning ended with a double play.