The North Sanpete baseball team went 2-4 last week, including 1-3 in a tournament.
The Hawks beat Emery 10-9 Monday, March 15 in Mt. Pleasant and lost at Tooele 11-1 Wednesday, March 17. North Sanpete proceeded to the tourney in Kanab, where the Hawks lost to Richfield 16-9 and Enterprise 13-0 Friday and beat Millard 16-4 before falling to Morgan 23-12 Saturday.
Against Emery, North Sanpete, which is 3-5, was down 9-4 going into the bottom of the seventh inning—the final half-inning of the game.
But the Hawks came back.
Cam Smith delivered a key hit and Cooper Christensen hit a double to keep the game alive.
“I love the fact that the kids didn’t give up,” North Sanpete Coach Daniel Christensen said.
The Hawks scored their 10 runs on just six hits.
“You take the bases any way you can get them,” Christensen said. “Sometimes they give them to us and we had a couple of good hits to drive in runners.”
Christensen called the come-from-behind victory a “good win.”
“We, as a team, have not played well yet this season, but we fought hard and came away with the win,” Christensen said.
Regarding the loss at Tooele, Christensen said, “We did not play well at all.”
“We need to take that game and learn from it,” he added.
In the loss to Richfield, Christensen said that North Sanpete “fought hard against a good team.”
“We didn’t give up,” Christensen said. “Our pitching has not been good this year.”
Gage Cox had a double and three runs batted in.
“Gage is a senior captain. It was just a matter of time before he started to hit the ball well,” Christensen said. “He hit well for the entire weekend.”
Christensen was highly complimentary of Enterprise’s pitcher, Ryland Randall, who pitched all six innings and delivered nine strikeouts.
“The kid pitched a heck of a game against us. We couldn’t touch him,” Christensen said. “It was a tough situation with poor lighting at night and the wood bats in the cold were tough. But don’t take anything away from their pitcher; he was lights out that night.”
The Hawks’ win over Millard was their second over the Eagles in this young season.
“We hit the ball well as a team,” Christensen said. “Our pitching was better.”
Gavin Robinson had four RBIs and Brayden Olsen had three.
“They both played well,” Christensen said. “Gavin has started to hit the ball better. We need him as a senior to play well this season.”
Overall, North Sanpete hit the ball well as a team against Millard while the team’s pitching was better, Christensen said.
Against Morgan, the Hawks had “sore arms,” pitching at the end of the four-game tournament, Christensen said.
“We weren’t good,” Christensen said. “They hit the ball hard. Not a good game for us.”
Cox had four RBIs and Landon Milne had three. As they are both senior leaders, Christensen expects each of them to play well every game, he said.