Sky View completes season sweep of Mountain Crest

<p id=”docs-internal-guid-401aea4b-6dfa-2ffe-f24d-f9bc42e98eb1″ dir=”ltr”><span>HYRUM – Sky View completed a season-sweep of valley-rival Mountain Crest Friday afternoon for the first time since the SV coaches or players could remember. Friday’s clash ended 2-1.</span></p>

<p dir=”ltr”><span>“It’s hard to lose a 2-1 ball game,” MC head coach Alex Hansen said. “We gotta forget about this one and be ready to go again on Tuesday.”</span></p>

<p dir=”ltr”><span>After a scoreless first inning, Austin Heaps crushed a double which bounced off the left field wall for the Bobcats. Two batters later, Ian Clark hit a sacrifice grounder to give SV a 1-0 lead.</span></p>

<p dir=”ltr”><span>Mountain Crest didn’t wait long to respond.</span></p>

<p dir=”ltr”><span>Kaden Lindley reached first on a fielder’s choice and ended up on third on an error by Sky View. The short stop dropped a pop-up that allowed Spencer Coombs to get on base.</span></p>

<p dir=”ltr”><span>Lindley scored on a trick play as Coombs made a slow attempt to steal second. As the ball was thrown in Coombs’ direction, Lindley took off from third base and crossed home plate before the return throw could get there. Coombs was also safe.</span></p>

<p dir=”ltr”><span>The score remained tied 1-1 until the top of the fifth inning.</span></p>

<p dir=”ltr”><span>That’s when Colter Johnson got things started for the Bobcats, hitting a single up the middle. Zachary Hansen and Braden Anderson both hit singles as well, although to left field, which allowed Johnson to score standing up.</span></p>

<p dir=”ltr”><span>The Mustangs responded by making a pitching change, bringing in Nick Taylor, who immediately threw two strikeouts to end the inning.</span></p>

<p dir=”ltr”><span>Hansen started on the mound for SV and threw a pair of back-to-back strikeouts of his own in the bottom half of the inning, igniting an intense pitching duel.</span></p>

<p dir=”ltr”><span>“In the second inning when they scored the run I had to get dialed in,” Zachary Hansen said. “It was really great. I felt really good.”</span></p>

<p dir=”ltr”><span>Taylor struck out all three Bobcat batters that came up in the sixth. He also had another strike out in the seventh.</span></p>

<p dir=”ltr”><span>Hansen ended the sixth inning by picking off Brady Wallis as he was leading off of first base.</span></p>

<p dir=”ltr”><span>“The guy who pitched the one-hitter, Zach, was just phenomenal and unbelievable,” SV head coach Jim Paterson said. “He’s just a sophomore. That’s a big deal and it’s huge. He did a good job.”</span></p>

<p dir=”ltr”><span>“Their pitching was throwing great and was in a good rhythm,” Alex Hansen said. “We never made the adjustments we needed to make to get him out of his rhythm. He threw a great game and credit to him.”</span></p>

<p dir=”ltr”><span>Trailing 2-1, MC looked like they were going to salvage the game when Ty Hall was walked to start the last half of the seventh inning.</span></p>

<p dir=”ltr”><span>Nate Lundberg came on as a pinch-runner for Hall and advanced to second after a sacrifice by Mick Tidrow. He never got closer though.</span></p>

<p dir=”ltr”><span>After Jackson Godfrey flew out to center field, Lundberg didn’t risk tagging up and trying to reach third. The next batter, Coombs, ground out to end the game.</span></p>

<p dir=”ltr”><span>“It was a big one,” Patterson said. “It gives us a chance to go into the play-offs as a higher seed… We had to win that one in order for us to have a chance at second place.”</span></p>

<p dir=”ltr”><span>Mountain Crest will wrap up its regular season next week with two games against Region 5 leader and valley-rival Logan. Sky View will play its final two games against Roy next week, trailing MC by one game for second place.</span></p>

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