I give a lot of the credit to Coach Sissliano. I think he is the most underated
coach in the state. I have talked with a few ballplayers on East team as well
as other coaches and I am amazed at the admiration they have for him. From what
I hear he has a top level assistant as well. You dont win all these close ball
games without great coaching. Principal Shulte, please look at what East is
doing and get us some good coaches
It will be a fun tournament to watch. East could be the Cinderella team. No one
thought they would be one of four undefeated teams in the tourney at this point.
Everyone is focused on the S. Utah County teams and no one seems to believe that
the City boys can really play baseball. They will likely continue to be
underestimated. I think their win over a very solid Salem Hills team surprised
a lot of people. East has a knack of coming from behind and winning - the X
factor. They have some money players that don't melt under pressure and they
have some very smart players with high baseball IQ. To me, they do not seem
intimidated by the big name schools.
I have to give chops to East for surviving two one-run contests. That quadrant
of the bracket had four closely contest ball games, no games decided by more
than two runs, East wins two and Provo is out. I'm not sure what would stop
Salem Hills from making a run through the one-loss bracket, it seems like a team
does it about every year. Provo won five straight games in 2009 and 2007 to
make it to the top three, losing twice to Mountain Crest on the final out of the
game. It is definitely better to win the first two games, nobody has ever won
the title without doing that. SF-Timpanogos game is huge, winner draws Snow
Canyon. East gets Mountain Crest-Lehi winner. I definitely like the Mountain
Crest coach Hansen, one of the very best. I think coaching can take you far,
especially when a fine line separates a bunch of teams. I think the weather has
played interesting factor. Timpanogos can bring back their #1 pitcher today.
Provo started Rhineer last night after pitching on Tuesday. Playing yesterday
vs. today should help East and Snow Canyon in setting their pitching rotations.
Red Devil Droupie So did you want to edit your comment about a
Salem Hills- Spanish Fork final?
Wow-the center of baseball universe begins at point of the mountain and extends
through St. George. I've seen SF lose and Porter get knocked out of games in the
early innings and it can happen this year as well. They got the best all around
player in the state and a few more D1 players to boot but don't count the rest
of the field out. Even the Cubs won a pennant back in 1900 and something.
Sorry Folks, but it's going to be a region 8 championship again. Last year it
was Springville and Spanish Fork, and this year it will be SF and Salem. SF will
win again. Next year in 3A, with most of the team back, it will be a shelling
like never before. South Utah County baseball baby....gotta love it!
I'm not going to get into which Region is stronger or weaker. I have watched
almost every team this year and have seen many good players. I think that is
the difference. While most are solid through 4 or 5 in their hitting order with
1 or 2 solid pitchers, SF is solid all through their order with 5 solid
pitchers. I think that is the difference with SF. Snow Canyon has a few
excellent players, but I do think their lack of depth in the lineup will catch
up to them. And not only that, but the teams up North are always a little
slower to get rolling due to weather and seem to catch up with and beat the
southern teams when the tournament rolls around. But we will see. I am not
against Snow Canyon or any other school, but I do think it will take a let down
on the part of SF for anyone to beat them. But as they say.... It could happen.
Snow Canyon might have a rude awakening when they has to come up here (Kearns
and UVU)and play on fields that are bigger than 250 ft. They might have to play
some defense as well as good offense. Kids up here know how to hit the gaps.
Outfielders beware. It might be nice to play on your own field, but if you want
to play with the big boys you will have to leave your comfortable beds, strap on
your cleats and play your hearts out.Good luck to all teams for making it
to the end of the year. This is what you should be living for. Have fun out
there. It goes by too fast.
no one worries about whats down south in baseball, sadly, and wish them teams
down there were better then what they seem to be, and oh Spanish will win state,
its just by how much, you just won 9-5 against a average bottom tier team, keep
thinkin your record shows taht your amazing, clearly your a solid good team, but
no where the level as SF, who has beat them this year?oh the #1 ranked 5a
Bingham boys, both teams will win it.
If anything can be learned from watching baseball, it is the fact anything can
happen right down to the bottom of the seventh. Good luck to all you kids
@littleguyoncampus, if you think that region nine is the worst region in the
state, your comments need to be disregarded because you obviously know nothing
about so. Utah baseball. I would take region 9 in a matchup with region 8
anyday. Region 8 has 2 good teams, region 9 has 6 (and hurricane isn't bad).
I think Rhineer's stats are just fine. One of the winningest pitchers in state
history as a three-year starter, hits .400 plus with power for the last three
years and had two doubles though the Bulldogs lost today to Salem Hills. I
think Provo has beat SF in freshman baseball once in the last 15 years or
something, maybe the streak was actually longer, and Rhineer was on the mound. I
wasn't at the game today as Salem Hills beat Provo 7-5, but Christian White is
listed as the losing pitcher. Not sure if Rhineer actually pitched or not, but
offensively he brought his "A" game. If he goes on the mound
tomorrow, I'm sure he'll do the same. Also, in 2009 as a sophomore he pitched
two complete games with one day rest in the state tournament beating Springville
and then Cyprus--two respected programs. So bigguyoncampus, what stats can you
bring to the table to dispute Rhineer is one of the top players in 4A baseball?
bigguyoncampus, worst region in the state? Wow, can I get some of that magic
herb too? I think it will be hilarious when SC beats Spanish for the 'ship! And
just think they are all going to be in 3A together next year too. Can't wait for
snow canyon plays in the worst region in the state. they have not accomplished
anything, Provo's Seth Rhineer is cocky and does not have the stats to back it
Spanish Fork and Snow Canyon have similar records for the season. However, while
SC gives up a bunch of runs they still pull ou the win, but SF is very stingy on
runs allowed. Good pitching and defense will always win out. SF goes undefeated
and wins it all.
I won't be shocked if Provo, led by Seth Rhineer, knocks off Salem Hills in
round one and Lance Moore, one of the best tournament coaches, leads the
Bulldogs to a good run in the tournament. I think SF is still the strong
favorite with their overall depth and pitching (though their offense is a bit
suspect) while Snow Canyon has to be considered a legit threat. Darkhorses are
the Salem Hills-Provo winner, Mountain Crest with its great coaching and
tradition and Timpanogos, another team with tradition and a proven coach.
hopefully the weather lets the kids play, good luck to all teams,
Should be a great tourney with everyone taking their best shots at SF. Salem
Hills proved they can be beat. Who knows maybe they'll be the team to do it.
Snow Canyon will make some noise. East has some horses to go deep on the track.
Snow Canyon will win it all (;