High school baseball: Spanish Fork enters 4A tournament as the overwhelming favorite

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  • baseballfan1 salt lake city, utah
    May 25, 2011 8:54 p.m.

    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

  • vrbo Salt Lake City, UT
    May 22, 2011 10:47 p.m.

    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.

  • eagle Provo, UT
    May 21, 2011 10:30 a.m.

    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.

  • baseballfan1 salt lake city, utah
    May 20, 2011 9:37 p.m.

    Red Devil Droupie

    So did you want to edit your comment about a Salem Hills- Spanish Fork final?

  • HS Fan Salt Lake City, UT
    May 18, 2011 11:09 p.m.

    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.

  • Red Devil Groupie Springville, UT
    May 18, 2011 9:51 p.m.

    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!

  • canyonrunner Lehi, UT
    May 18, 2011 8:25 p.m.

    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.

  • What were you thinking??? Springville, Utah
    May 18, 2011 3:06 p.m.

    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.

  • binghamalum South Jordan, UT
    May 18, 2011 10:41 a.m.

    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.

  • urcommonsense Salt Lake City, Utah
    May 18, 2011 9:53 a.m.

    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 working hard!

  • CVSiete Cedar City, UT
    May 18, 2011 8:15 a.m.

    @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).

  • eagle Provo, UT
    May 17, 2011 11:09 p.m.

    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?

  • joseywales Park City, UT
    May 17, 2011 9:56 p.m.

    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 that blah!

  • BigguyonCampus spanish fork, ut
    May 17, 2011 7:07 p.m.

    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 up.

  • Ted Saint George, UT
    May 17, 2011 4:37 p.m.

    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.

  • eagle Provo, UT
    May 17, 2011 4:17 p.m.

    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.

  • baseballjunkie Cottonwood Heights, UT
    May 17, 2011 9:48 a.m.

    hopefully the weather lets the kids play, good luck to all teams,

  • HS Fan Salt Lake City, UT
    May 17, 2011 8:59 a.m.

    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.

  • Ztothek Santa Clara, UT
    May 17, 2011 12:06 a.m.

    Snow Canyon will win it all (;