LEHI — Good things typically occur when Carter Smith takes the mound for Skyridge, with the Falcons' 5-1 win over Maple Mountain on Tuesday not proving the exception. The future BYU Cougar was on his game throughout, pitching a complete game with an effort that left Skyridge coach Ryan Roberts happy, but not surprised.
"That's just what he does, so yeah, that's what we're used to from him," Roberts said. "When we have Carter Smith on the mound, we're extremely tough to beat. There's not too many better."
Smith, who is committed to sign with BYU, struck out 12 batters on the day while issuing no walks. He ran into a bit of trouble in the fourth inning, allowing three hits and a run, but the inning very much proved an outlier from the rest of his dominating performance.
"My slider was working real well for me today, and I just really pounded the strike zone and let the guys behind me make plays, like they always do," Smith said. "I was finding the strike zone better today than I have, so I really felt good out there."
Smith had help from the plate, and in particular from Skyridge multisport star Jaxon Peck, and went 3-for-4 batting leadoff. His biggest hit came in the fifth inning on a triple that came up just short of clearing the left field fence before touching the plate courtesy of a sacrifice fly off the bat of Kai Roberts.
"We executed well today. We talk about it a lot, but today it really showed," Ryan Roberts said. "Jaxon Peck is a great kid who you just love being part of your team, and you saw what he can do today."
Peck's run gave Skyridge the lead at 2-1 before a Dallan Bye RBI double extended the lead to 3-1. The Falcons added two more runs in the sixth to give Smith more of a cushion in finishing out his complete game effort.
The 5-1 win preceded a 12-2 win over the Golden Eagles during Tuesday's double-header. Both wins give Roberts' team a 3-0 early Region 8 record, with all three of those wins coming against Maple Mountain.Comment on this story
"Maple Mountain is always tough and their coach does an outstanding job with that program," Roberts said. "They're a bit younger this year, and we're an experienced group, and I think that probably helped us. But yeah, any time you can get a win over a great program like Maple Mountain, it's a good thing."
As for the goal this year, Roberts and his players are confident they can make some serious noise in pursuit of a Region 8 championship and maybe even a 5A state championship.
"We want to win region and this is just the start, so we now just have to keep it going," Smith said. "I love my team and I'm real happy with how we've come together and started out the year."