BOUNTIFUL Nobody would have known the outcome of Viewmont's game against Weber by the way Viewmont coach Roger Farnsworth described it.
"We had an opportunity to put it away and we just couldn't get it done," he said. "We only needed two runs and had the bases loaded and nobody out, and the bottom of our lineup just didn't come through for us. Then, we have to send our pitcher back out there, and we probably should have subbed him, but he has to throw a 25-pitch inning."
Luckily for the Vikings, Farnsworth wasn't describing the entire game. Rather, he was simply describing the lost opportunity they had to end the game by the 10-run rule in the bottom of the sixth inning. Viewmont still moved to 3-0 in Region 1 with a 10-5 win over Weber Tuesday afternoon.
The final score was not indicative of the dominating performance that pitcher Kyle Bilbrey put on in picking up the complete-game victory. The junior was masterful in keeping the Warriors off balance at the plate all game. The No. 2-4 hitters for Weber struggled to come up with any answers for the right-hander as they combined to go 0-for-11 with six strikeouts. Bilbrey finished with nine K's and gave up only four hits, with two coming in the nearly meaningless seventh when his team was already up 10-2.
"That number is a little high for what I normally get," said Bilbrey of the strikeouts. "My changeup was working for me really well today. I was able to put it where I wanted and locate it, and they just couldn't seem to get on it."
Bilbrey has a good excuse to be tired. He not only got it done on the mound in throwing over 125 pitches to get the win, he also did what a coach likes a good lead-off hitter to do. He was 2-for-3 with a pair of singles, hit by a pitch and he scored two runs. The entire Viking lineup was opportunistic in scoring its runs.
Viewmont scored four of its runs in the third inning. The big play came from second baseman Vance Green as he crushed a three-run home run. They added four more runs in the fifth as Devin Hager had an RBI double and Jake Hansen had an RBI single on his way to a 3-for-4, two runs scored day. Chris Larsen had an RBI double in the sixth as he went 2-for-3 with two runs scored as well."The team expects what we always do here at Viewmont, a region title," said Bilbrey. "We have certain expectations that come with playing here, and we want to just keep it up and keep playing good baseball.