It wasn't expected, not even by the players doing the winning. But, Manti High rolled to an impressive win over Kanab Thursday in the finals of the 2A Boys' Baseball Championships.
The Templers, who went into the final showdown with an un-glittering 10-8 record, played what some thought was their best game of the year in rolling up the 3-0 victory over the Cowboys. Kanab went into the finals with a 12-4 record and was favored.First-year Manti Coach Brent Blackham said he thought it came down to pressure. Kanab, he said, was likely feeling the pressure of two consecutive years of losing in the finals and was expected to win. "We had nothing to loses," he said.
Manti pitcher Steve Olsen limited Kanab to only two hits, both by Hank Crosby. Olsen had four innings of no-hit baseball going when Crosby got his first hit.
Erik Olsen got the Templers started with a two-run single in the second, bringing in B.J. Burton and his younger brother, Steve.
The younger Olsen finished the year with a 7-1 record and a 1.50 ERA. Crosby pitched a good game in losing, giving up just four hits and striking out eight.
4A INTERREGION PLAYOFFS - For the first time in several years, Taylorsville will be watching this year's 4A Boys' Baseball Championships. Thursday, Viewmont righthander Jason Jarvis overwhelmed the Warriors as the Vikings went on to a 7-1 win in interregion playoffs.
The Vikings now move into the 4A playoffs to play Brighton at Derks Field on Monday at 4:30 p.m.
Jarvis had a no-hitter going into the fifth before Troy Gallegos doubled for Taylorsville. Viewmont's hitting came from Eric Bright and Troy Burningham, with three hits each, and Steve Trump and Scott Lalli, each with two hits and an RBI.
In other games:
Brighton 6, Granger 2 - Sean Hagen went 3-for-3 and accounted for three runs for the Bengals. Jeff Zupan drove in two and David Carle one. Bingham 5, Layton 3 - Nate Tebbs led a rally that brought Bingham from behind to win. The Miners will meet Alta Monday at 11:30 a.m. at Derks.
Alta 5, Orem 2 - Ryan Bills slammed a three-run homer in the first, then scored on a double by Jerremy Bullock to lead the defending champs into the playoffs. Weber 5, West Jordan 3 - Five hits in the sixth brought Weber up from a 3-0 deficit. Weber will play Pleasant Grove at 7 p.m. on Monday at Derks. American Fork 9, Skyline 4 - Jared Hutchings accounted for nine RBI with three home runs, including a grand slam for the Cavemen. American Fork will play the winner of Friday's Davis-Cyprus game at 2 p.m. on Monday at Derks. Pleasant Grove 9, Olympus 1 - Mark Norman got a home run and a triple, while Glen Montgomery hit a two-run triple to lead the Pleasant Grove to the win.
3A INTERREGION PLAYOFFS - West 10, Skyview 4 - Chris Stepan and Mike Romano hit two runs each for the Panthers. West will open the 3A meet Monday against Bountiful at 11:30 a.m. at Ken Price Park. Spanish Fork 10, Ogden 0 - Brandon Johnson and Greg Linday accounted for three RBI each, while Robbie Reid drove in two runs to lead the Dons. Murray 10, Uintah 0 - Jeremy Cooper allowed only two hits, while Tom Gourdin hit a three-run homer and Jeremy Shaw drove in three runs to lead the Spartans. Dixie 3, Bear River 0 - Dustin Milne want 2-for-3 while teammate Judd Wilstead struck out nine to lead Dixie to the win. Bountiful 13, Union 6 - The Braves broke from a 4-4 tie in the fourth inning to scored a lopsided win. Payson 5, Mountain Crest 3 (8 innings) - Payson got the win over the top-seeded Region 5 team with two runs in the extra inning. Springville 7, Logan 6 (8 innings) - The Red Devils scored in the extra inning and will now meet Spanish Fork at 2 p.m. on Monday at Ken Price Park.