Solo home run lifts Box Elder past Sky View, 4-3, in extra innings

<strong>SMITHFIELD—</strong> Sky View let a 3-2 lead slip away Wednesday, as the Bobcats fell to Box Elder, 4-3, in extra innings. It was the second game in a row that these two teams have gone into extra innings.

The Bees scored in the top of the fourth to tie the game at 3-apiece. After neither team broke the tie through the end of the seventh inning, Box Elder’s Darius McFarland hit a solo home run in the top of the eighth to lift the struggling Bee’s over the Bobcats.

Sky View started out with a bang, scoring two runs in the first inning and adding another in the second. The Bobcats couldn’t add to the lead, however, as they allowed Box Elder two runs in the top of the second inning to keep the game close.

After tying the score in the fourth inning, Box Elder had three quick outs on pop flies while batting in the top of the fifth. Sky View then threatened to score as they had three players single to get on base in the bottom of the fifth, only to be tagged out after some risky base running.

Mitch Berryhill controlled the mound for the Bobcats through all eight innings, but Box Elder’s Jayle Brooks earned the win as the pitcher for the Bees. Both pitchers made short work of the batters in the sixth and seventh innings.

McFarland stepped up to the plate early in the lineup for Box Elder to start the eighth. After watching two pitches go past him, he honed in on the next throw and smashed the ball deep over the left-field fence. It was his second home run in a week, with the other coming April 10 against Logan.

Berryhill put the other batters away without allowing a hit to stop the bleeding. The Bobcats got on base in the bottom of the inning, but could not advance any runners to second before Brooks recorded a strikeout to end the game.

With the loss, Sky View drops to 4-2 in Region 5. It was the third and final game of the year between the two teams, with SV winning the series 2-1. The Bobcats will look to get back on track Friday as they host region foe Bonneville. The Lakers started the season with a 7-3 record over their first 10 games, but have lost six straight since.

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