OGDEN — Salem Hills made a statement in its quarterfinal matchup against Lehi, defeating the Pioneers 11-1 for a run-rule victory after five innings at Lindquist Field to move on to the 4A winners’ bracket semifinals against Desert Hills.

“We’ve been on a roll right now and hitting pretty good. Kids are playing with a lot of confidence, so it’s fun. Kids are pitching well, which we’ve done all year,” Salem Hills head coach Scott Haney said.

Starting pitcher Easton Keck was masterful, allowing no runs through four innings on the mound.

“Especially coming back from Saturday, throwing 80-something pitches. It’s nice that we got him out at 57 today and still got that 10 runs to save our pitching. We’re set up pretty good. It’s always better to stay in the winners’ bracket,” Haney said.

The Skyhawks broke things open in the bottom of the second inning. After neither team scored through the first one-and-a-half frames, Salem Hills hung five runs during the second inning to take control of the game.

After two walks and a hit batter loaded the bases for the Skyhawks, Kyle Coburn hit a bases-clearing 3-RBI triple. Canyon Haveron and Jordan Mathews each hit RBI singles in the inning to put Salem Hills up 5-0.

“You get a couple walks here and there, and that’s baseball — it opens up the barn doors for teams, any teams, if you walk people. Some clutch hits. That three-run triple was huge, of course. Kyle’s been doing that for us for three years, so we expect that out of him,” Haney said.

From there, it would be all Salem Hills. In the third, Tristen Talbert hit an RBI single and would come home to score on an error later in the inning to increase Salem Hills’ lead to seven runs. In the fourth inning, the …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Sports News


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