Despite losing region title, MC takes season series against Logan with 9-7 win

<strong>LOGAN—</strong> They say what goes around comes around.

Such was the case for the Mountain Crest baseball team Wednesday in a 9-7 road win over valley-rival Logan to avenge the Mustangs loss from a day earlier and win the season series 2-1 against the Grizzlies.

“I hate to say it’s vindication. It hurt yesterday. That was a tough loss,” Mountain Crest head coach Alex Hansen said. “It was definitely nice to come out and get a victory. It always feels a lot better to win than it does to lose.”

The win came a day after <a href=”” target=”_blank”>the Grizzlies clinched the Region 5 title</a> and ended Mountain Crest’s two-year reign as region champions on the Mustangs home field on senior day.

“It’s always nice to get a win, it gives us momentum going into the playoffs,” MC starting pitcher Ben Weese said. “It definitely makes it a little bit better.”

Weese allowed seven runs on seven hits in a complete game performance, five of which came in the fourth inning after Mountain Crest had blown the game open with a seven-run fourth inning of its own.

Trailing 2-1 to start the fourth, the Mustangs worked a pair of leadoff walks to bring Spencer Coombs to the plate. Coombs connected on an RBI-double down the left field line to tie the game, and two batters later Luke Smith followed up with an RBI-single to put Mountain Crest ahead for good.

The Mustangs pushed the lead to three with a double steal, a wild pitch and a beaned batter with the bases loaded, leaving Kaden Lindley to bring home another run on an infield RBI-single before Jack Godfrey rounded off the scoring with an RBI-groundout.

“Sometimes it’s almost a disadvantage to go out and have a big lead because it’s hard to maintain constant focus,” Hansen said. “But that’s what a team needs to do. When you go out with a six run lead, the best thing you can do is come back with a 1-2-3 inning and get back to the plate, continue to put the pressure back on them.”

But back came the Grizzlies in the bottom of the inning.

A leadoff double put a runner in scoring position for Logan, and two batters later TJ Booth ripped an RBI single to centerfield and the Grizzlies were rolling. After a walk to load the bases, a double down the right field line plated two and back-to-back singles from Isaac Rhea and Chapman Walk got Logan within one, at 8-7.

“Isn’t that something?” Logan head coach Mike Hansen said. “A lot of times when you put up a big spot like they did, the team has a tough time coming back out of it. I was really encouraged with these kids putting up some runs there.”

However, that’s as close as the Grizzlies would get.

After a brief rain delay in the sixth inning, Coombs put the exclamation point on the win with a solo home run to begin the seventh inning and Weese shut down the Logan bats the rest of the way.

Logan finished the regular season at 16-9 overall, including 12-3 in Region 5 to finish as region champions. Mountain Crest improved to 12-11 overall, and with a 10-5 region record could finish second in the region.

The Mustangs will wait on the outcome of Sky View’s final game against Roy after that game was rained out Wednesday. A Bobcats win would move them into a tie for second with the Mustangs, but Sky View holds the tie breaker after sweeping the Mustangs in the regular season, and would get the region’s No. 2 seed.

First pitch between the Bobcats and Royals is scheduled for 3:30 on Thursday.

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