ST. GEORGE — When Dixie jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning over Pine View, it looked like it was going to be another blowout win for the Flyers. Dixie still got the win, 4-3, but it took a late Tyson Fisher home run and stellar relief pitching from Kayler Yates for the Flyers to advance to the semifinals of the 4A state tournament with Wednesday’s win at Bruce Hurst Field.
“It’s the playoffs and it’s always different at state,” Fisher said. “You’re going to get the best from everybody. Pine View’s a good team. They’re scrappy. And they’re playing really good right now. We just found a way to fight and stay in it and get the win.”
Dixie beat Pine View 10-0 and 8-1 in two games earlier this season. And four batters into Wednesday’s playoff game, it was already 3-0 as Fisher hit a two-run homer with one out and Chase Lundin followed that with a solo shot.
“That good start gave us a lot of confidence and I was thinking we were going to run up the score and maybe get a mercy win,” Fisher said. “But (Pine View’s) Tanner Staheli is a good pitcher and he settled in and kept us off of the scoreboard.”
After that initial trouble, Staheli retired 12 of the next 13 Dixie batters. He also helped the Panthers offense get back into the game. Staheli doubled and scored on a Cody Riddle single to make it 3-1 in the bottom of the first.
It was the same score in the bottom of the fourth when Pine View was able to rally and tie the game. With one out, Weston Sampson and Luke Green drew walks off of Fisher. A double steal put runners at second and third.
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Source:: Deseret News – Sports News