Hawk baseball team strong in pre-season games, already equals last year’s wins

 

Matt Harris

Staff writer

3-23-2017

 

MT. PLEASANT—North Sanpete’s baseball team only needed six games to prove they are a better team in 2017.

The Hawks overcame North Sevier in the fifth inning of their home game last Thursday against the Wolves en route to a 12-4 victory. The win marks North Sanpete’s third in a young season, which already ties with last year’s win total, and they have yet to begin region play.

Strong hitting led the way for the Hawks, who made the most out nine hits. Juniors Keegan Eliason and Shawn Taylor notched a triple each, while seniors Connor Justesen and Wyatt Nunley each hit a double. North Sanpete led from start to finish.

The Hawks opened up the scoring in the first inning with a run, followed by two more in the second inning. The Wolves finally answered back in the fourth with a run to make at 3-1.

At the top of the fifth, North Sevier scored two more to tie up the game at 3-3. North Sanpete then let the bats loose at the bottom of the inning with a streak of seven runs, running away with the game. “The North Sevier game we left a bunch of runners on base in the first half of the game,” head coach Dan Christensen said. “It could have broken wide open at any point but we couldn’t get the big hit with the runners on. Nothing really changed in the fifth inning other than we got the hits when we needed them.  We had a good inning and put the game away.”

North Sanpete’s record now stands at 3-3 with a few contests left before region play begins. Since Tuesday, the Hawks played at Gunnison and at home against Sky View. Upcoming, they will be playing in a doubleheader against visiting Stansbury and will travel to play Roy the following Monday.

The Stansbury games are this Saturday at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.