LAYTON Northridge's Breck Snyder may always remember his third at-bat of the Knights' game against Fremont.
With two men on base, he blasted a towering shot to straight-away center field. It appeared for a moment like it may clear the fence. But instead, it landed just in front of the 389-foot sign and he had to settle for an RBI double.
"It was a high curve that I just sort of went with," said Snyder of the pitch he nearly hit out of the park. "I couldn't really turn on it, but it worked out OK."
Snyder felt all right with the double because it simply capped his most remarkable day at the plate. The senior had already accounted for four runs in his previous two plate appearances with a pair of two-run homers. His five RBIs on the day played a huge part in Northridge's 10-5 win over the Silver Wolves.
"I didn't really hit all that well when we played them on Tuesday, so I was in the cage working on my hitting yesterday, and I guess it paid off," Snyder said. "I noticed I was coming down too much and that I really just needed to keep my swing more level."
Whatever the adjustments, they obviously worked. Snyder was not the only Knight to have a big day as the team moved to 2-0 in Region 1.
Kyle Harris got the team on the board in a hurry. Following a Michael Goodrich single and batting in his No. 3 spot in the lineup, Harris hammered a fastball over the left-field wall for the 2-0 lead. Snyder hit his first home run in the second inning, and after Fremont closed within one at 4-3 on back-to-back RBI singles from Wes Hulse and Ty Willie in the fourth inning, he hit another two-run bomb in the bottom of the inning.
While Northridge, and especially Snyder, were efficient on offense, Geoff Vernon was getting it done on the mound. He mowed down the Fremont lineup, striking out 12 in five innings of work. He had a rare inning in the fourth where he struck out the first three hitters, and wound up with four strikeouts because of a ball getting by the catcher.
"This was his best day throwing this season," coach Allan Kawaguchi said of his ace. "We have really kind of limited him in the preseason trying to save him for region. Last year, he kind of tired out as the season wore on because we used him too much. Hopefully, with more rest he can stay this effective."
Northridge hopes it can stay as effective as it was this opening week through the duration of region play. The Knights have finished sixth in the region the last three years, but loaded with seniors, this team has all the tools to change that."We have a lot of guys that have been playing together for three years," noted Snyder. "We have good senior leadership and we want to win a region title."