SV sluggers suffer tough 3-2 loss to Provo in season opener

OREM— In its first game – and first time playing outside – this season, the Sky View baseball team fell in seven innings to Provo, 3-2. A fielding error on a ground ball allowed Provo to score the winning run in the bottom of the seventh.

Sky View finished with seven hits and four errors, while Provo had six hits and two errors.

Bobcat Jim Patterson said being outdoors for the first time this season was exciting for his team, but also led to several of the critical errors that he felt cost his team the game.

“Being outside in the sun taking actual fly balls and ground balls was different for some of the kids since we’ve been practicing inside, but it put us in a better mood,” Patterson said. “I expected we’d make some mistakes, and it was the little parts of the game – some mistakes in base running and some mental lapses – that were really the difference makers.”

Patterson’s immediate focus is tightening up on the smaller mistakes and building on the team’s strong pitching against Provo.

“We pitched well and hit okay today, but we just need to continue to work on the little things that are hard to work on unless you are out on the field,” Patterson said.

Due to Cache Valley’s colder climate, Sky View will play its next seven games on the road – including a trip to St. George for the Snow Canyon Classic – before returning to Smithfield for its home opener against Murray, March 29.

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