SMITHFIELD – Playing to keep their season alive for another day, the Smithfield Blue Sox out-dueled the Logan Royals in an 11-9 win in game two of their Northern Utah League semifinal series.
Things looked bleak for the Blue Sox early after the Royals jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first inning. In a game that featured six home runs, Kolton Anderson led a furious comeback for Smithfield in the third and fourth innings.
Anderson hit two of Smithfield’s three home runs on the night, and finished with six RBI’s.
Smithfield scored 10 unanswered runs in the two innings to flip the roles and stick Logan in a 5-run deficit, but Brian Stevenson recorded eight strikeouts over six innings to earn the win.
Stevenson survived a late rally from Logan after the Royals pulled withing two with a 4-run sixth inning, but got help from Chad Smout, who came on in the seventh to earn the save and knot the series.
The series returns to Worthington Park for the deciding game three on Tuesday, August 6 at 7:30 p.m. The winner earns a spot in the NUL Championship series against top-seeded Providence, which completed a sweep of Hyrum on Monday.