KEARNS — It may have been raining all day at Kearns High, but it still didn’t rain on Beaver’s parade.
The Region 13 champs finally got their quarterfinal matchup against North Sevier underway after a six-hour rain delay, and by the time the first pitch was thrown out, the Beavers were ready.
Beaver punched its ticket to the 2A semifinals against Grand by blowing past North Sevier, 7-0, in convincing fashion Thursday night. It was the Beavers' fourth-straight victory and seventh in their last eight contests.
“We are a good team. They beat us earlier in the year, and I think they had aspirations of coming in here and knocking us off, but my kids weren’t going to have anything to do with that,” Beaver coach Curt Heslington said. “They are a senior-laden team playing very sharply right now, so we just came out, smacked ‘em in the mouth, and after that second inning the game was over.”
Indeed, the Beavers (18-4, 11-3) wasted no time getting started.
The grand marshal of the parade, Jesse McMullin, anchored the home team with a triple, single and four RBIs in the first two innings to help put the Beavers on top, 6-0.
“The kid is a two-time all-state running back who ran for over 1,200 yards,” Heslington said of his senior star catcher. “He just has a motor that doesn’t stop, and he just came up huge for us tonight.”
Colby Limb got in on the action by knocking in two runs of his own to help spark the Beavers at the plate.
Meanwhile, Tilston Bradshaw (9-1) was clicking on all cylinders as he chalked up his ninth win of the year on the mound, surrendering just two hits and no runs in a complete-game shutout. Bradshaw’s no-hit bid was broken up in the top of the fourth inning by Kyler Bosshardt’s base knock to right field.
“In two years at Beaver, that kid is 18-1, so it really doesn’t surprise me,” Heslington said of his senior ace.
Bradshaw quickly retired the side again in the fifth, and Beaver extended its lead in the home-half of the inning off senior Payson Fails’ RBI single to center field.
Bradshaw continued to perfectly place his curveball and quickly closed out the Wolves (18-5, 8-4) in both the sixth and seventh innings.
With the win, Beaver moves on to face Grand in the 2A semifinals Friday at Kearns High.
“It’ll be a dogfight (Friday),” Heslington said of his team’s upcoming semifinal game against Grand. “If we can get this one, I guess we will be where we want to be.”
Ryan Love is a full-time student at the University of Utah studying communications, and has been a part-time sportswriter and scoreboarder for the Deseret News since Oct. 2012.
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