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Hawks beat higher-seeded Providence Hall to advance to next round of state tourney

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Cameron Smith pitches for North Sanpete in a 13-4 defeat to Manti.

Eight seeds lower?

No problem.

The 15th-seeded North Sanpete High School baseball team beat 7th-seeded Providence Hall in a 13-12 thriller to advance in the 2021 Utah High School Activities Association/Mountain America Credit Union 3A Baseball State Championships. The Hawks (8-16) next play No. 9 seed Emery at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Bingham High School in South Jordan, according to the UHSAA.

The game is in the loser’s bracket. That’s because earlier in the day that North Sanpete beat Providence Hall, the Hawks lost 14-6 to second-seeded Judge Memorial, which has advanced to the state quarterfinals. Both games were played Saturday at Judge Memorial in Salt Lake City, according to the UHSAA.

Earlier in the week, North Sanpete lost 17-1 at Juab (on Monday, May 3) and 13-4 versus Manti (Tuesday, May 4). (Yes, this means that the Hawks lost by an average of 11 runs three times within five days before pulling off their playoff upset.)

Against Providence Hall, North Sanpete scored the go-ahead run in the second-to-last inning.

The lead changed four times and both teams had innings where they scored six runs—Providence Hall in the first inning and North Sanpete in the second. The Hawks also scored four runs in the first inning.

Both teams had four errors. Landon Milne had an astounding five runs batted in and Cameron Smith had three.

In the Judge Memorial game, the Bulldogs scored seven runs in the third inning after notching five in the second to fuel the Hawks’ loss.

Judge Memorial won big despite committing three errors. Senior captain Gage Cox struggled with pitching. Coach Dan Christensen said at the start of the season that he expected Cox to play well every game.

Against Juab, North Sanpete committed five errors and the Wasps scored 11 runs in the first inning.

In the Manti game, the Templars scored six runs in the third inning.

Manti won big despite committing four errors. The Hawks had three themselves, however. North Sanpete’s four RBIs were split among four players: Cox, Kylan Taylor, Hunter Price and Cooper Christensen.

All statistics are according to the Deseret News.