TROJANS 13, JUDGE MEMORIAL BULLDOGS 8
The Trojans raced to a 3-0 start as they downed parochial rival, Judge Memorial, 13-8 on March 14th. Starting pitcher, Josh Duncan, earned his first win of the season. Duncan was a workhorse, pitching into the fifth inning while allowing five runs. Cameron Jarrett relieved Duncan with one on and no outs in the top of the bottom of the fifth and retired all three batters he faced. He then induced an inning-ending double play in the bottom of the sixth, allowing no runs. Lantzen Toomer closed out the game to preserve the Trojans’ victory. First-baseman Braden Brown hit the team’s first home run of the season, a two-out, three-run bomb to left field in the bottom of the first inning. Commenting on his mash, Brown stated: “Cam [Jarrett] was on third and Landon [Carter] was on second. The first pitch was a ball, and I hit the second pitch. It was a fastball, low and inside.” What made Brown’s shot even more impressive is that high school rules now require players to use restricted-flight (BBCOR) bats, which are estimated to reduce the distance of fly balls by about 25-30 feet.
ST. GEORGE DOUBLE HEADER-TROJANS 2, PARK CITY MINERS 12
TROJANS 14, PINE VIEW PANTHERS 17
The team traveled to St. George for a doubleheader on March 17th against the Park City Miners and Pine View Panthers and endured their first losses of the season. Trojan pitchers, who were clutch during the team’s first three games, struggled with command in the doubleheader, issuing 18 walks and plunking 5 batters in 10 innings. Often hitting with the count in their favor, opposing batters were able to sit on fastballs and enjoyed 10 extra base hits. More Trojans made their pitching debut in St. George. Colton Nelson , Braden Brown and Cameron Skinner (in addition to Josh Duncan) tossed against Pine View. Skinner provided the team every reason to believe he will continue to pitch well at the varsity level as held the Panthers scoreless in the bottom of the fifth. After retiring the first two batters, Skinner allowed a double and issued two walks. He worked out of the bases-loaded jam by picking off the runner at first to end the threat. To date, Coach Toller has utilized six different pitchers. Cameron Jarrett continued his torrid start to the season (.600 BA, .700 OBP through 5 games). In St. George, Jarrett reached base safely in 7 of his 8 plate appearances, going 5 for 6 with a double and two walks. Braden Daniel, Cameron Skinner, Colby Skinner, Lantzen Toomer and Josh Duncan also enjoyed extra-base hits.
TROJANS 8, BONNEVILLE LAKERS 5 (9 innings)
The Trojans resumed their winning ways by outlasting Bonneville 8-5 in extra innings on March 20th. Cruising through most of the game, the Trojans established a 5-1 lead before the Lakers plated four runs in the bottom of the seventh to tie the score and extend the game. Lantzen Toomer got the win in relief, holding the Lakers scoreless over the final two frames.
TROJANS 11, SOUTH SUMMIT WILDCATS 5
The Trojans impressed in their home debut March 21st by thumping the South Summit Wildcats 11-5. Starting pitcher Tanner Hales threw four effective innings to collect his first win of the season. Hales was able to record opportune outs to stifle would-be rallies all afternoon. With runners on second and third and two outs in the first inning, Hales whiffed the Wildcats’ eight-hole hitter. In the second inning, Hales recorded a strikeout and groundout to end the inning with runners on first and second. Hales concluded his masterpiece in the fourth inning by inducing a harmless fly out to center field and groundout to shortstop to stymie the Wildcats’ rally and leave a runner stranded on second. The Trojans’ first four batters (Colby Skinner, Cameron Skinner, Lantzen Toomer & Cameron Jarrett) scored eight runs and reached base 11 times in 15 plate appearances to stake Hales to an insurmountable lead. Relief pitcher Colton Nelson shined in his second outing of the season, retiring 6 of the 8 batters he faced and allowing no runs. Nelson pounded the strike zone with a blazing fastball, with Wildcat batters routinely whiffing or swinging late at Nelson’s pitches.
TROJANS 4, GRANTSVILLE COWBOYS 0
Fans enjoyed a thrilling regional opener at MHS, as the hometown team blanked the Grantsville Cowboys, 4-0 on March 22nd behind a solid pitching performance from Braden Daniel and a monster mash by Cameron Jarrett. Daniel tossed an 85-pitch, complete-game gem. Throwing 72 percent of his pitches for strikes, Daniel whiffed a dozen batters, allowed just two hits, and permitted only one runner to reach third base. In cruise-control the entire game, Daniel mesmerized Cowboy hitters with a mix of fastballs up, down, in and out and an effective curveball. With the win, Daniel moved to 3-1 on the season. Meanwhile, Jarrett tattooed a 1-0 fastball about 400 feet for a three-run home run in the bottom of the third to stake Morgan to a 4-0 lead and picked up another hit in the bottom of the fifth. The Trojans’ cleanup batter has hit safely in every game and refuses to shave until an opposing team holds him hitless. Other key plays included Lantzen Toomer legging out an infield single with two outs in the third to keep the inning alive and Kade Carrigan blocking the plate and tagging out a Cowboys baserunner in the fifth inning to dash the Cowboys’ hopes of cutting into the Trojans’ lead. With the win, the Trojans moved to 6-2, with perennial foe Bear River on deck.
March 27th Home v. Bear River, 3:30 pm
March 29th at Toole,
March 31st at Weber v Logan & Weber, 1:00 pm, 3:00 pm
April 3rd at
Ben Lomond, 3:30 pm
April 4th at Sky View,