Providence outlasts Smithfield to earn win

SMITHFIELD – In a back-and-forth affair, the Providence Wolverines out-dueled the Smithfield Blue Sox to pick up a 14-6 win Tuesday at Richard V. Hansen ballpark in Smithfield.

“Last week we had a couple good innings but didn’t hit the ball that well,” said Providence reliever Jed Jensen. “I think our guys dug deep today and just scrubbed out at-bats better. Swung at better pitches, better discipline at the plate. Just better quality at-bats.”

Providence raced to a 7-0 lead, highlighted by Britton Coil’s solo home run in the fourth, but the Blue Sox battled back.

Smithfield closed to with 7-4 in the fifth on a pair of singles in the fifth and had the bases loaded with one out, but Jensen had other plans.

Jensen inherited the jam and struck out the first Blue Sox he faced to end the threat and get out of the inning.

“Jed’s use to that,” said head coach Jared Jensen. “He threw a complete game against Logan a couple weeks ago, was sore for several days and hasn’t pitched since. It was good to get him back out there.”

Jensen continued his dominance in the sixth – with his bat. Jensen’s 2-run home run in the top of the inning pushed the lead back to six, and the Wolverines led comfortably the rest of the way as Jensen earned the save.

Providence remained a game ahead of second-place Logan with the win after the Royals split a double header against Brigham City. The Wolverines are 11-3 this season, while Smithfield fell to 9-6 in NUL action.

Smithfield returns to action Tuesday, July 9 with a visit to Hyrum, while Providence hosts the Hornets the following day, July 10. Both games are scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

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