North Sanpete baseball knocked out of playoffs after losing by 1

SOUTH JORDAN—After making a monumental comeback in the waning moments of the game, the North Sanpete baseball team was eliminated from the state tournament on Thursday, May 13.

 The Hawks (8-17) scored eight runs in the seventh and final inning to take an 11-10 lead. But Emery scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to win 12-11.

Gage Cox, Landon Milne and Kylan Taylor each drove in two runs for North Sanpete in its third of three games in the 2021 UHSAA/Mountain America Credit Union 3A Baseball State Championships, according to the Deseret News.

The 15th-seeded Hawks nearly upset the Emery Spartans, a team that was six seeds higher than them.

There were five lead changes in the game. North Sanpete had a second lead when it took a 3-2 lead in the top of the second inning. But the Spartans responded with eight unanswered runs over the next five innings to take a 10-3 advantage. Then the Hawks followed with their furious rally.

Ryker Jensen had three RBIs, while three other players, including freshman Wade Stilson, had two RBIs for Emery. Tyler Stilson went a perfect 4-of-4 from the plate with two runs and an RBI for the Spartans.

North Sanpete’s loss followed another high-scoring nail-biter, when the Hawks beat Providence Hall 13-12 in the prior round on May 8.

All statistics not referenced are from MaxPreps.