BY SHAIN GILLET AND TAD HENDERSON
WOODS CROSS - As the 4A and 5A baseball playoffs get started, all four south Davis County schools entered with a good chance of advancing through the first round.
Woods Cross won a wild game against Provo to open the 4A playoffs, and Davis’ 10-7 win over West moved Davis into the next round without having to go through the loser’s bracket.
The same could not be said for Viewmont and Bountiful, however, as they fell in their opening games to Layton and Westlake, respectively.
Woods Cross advances with 8-6 win over Provo
The Wildcats and Bulldogs combined to scored eight runs in the first inning; however, Woods Cross was outscored Provo 4-2 the rest of the way in order to advance in the opening round of the 4A baseball playoffs.
Backed by a 14-hit attack, Jake Brown and Tyler Hardie each hit doubles for the Wildcats, and Jake Kocherhans picked up the win on the mound.
Davis out-slugs West in 10-7 win
In another game that saw eight combined runs in the first inning, Davis held off West in the opening round of the playoffs by scoring 10 runs on 15 hits. Zac Fuller picked up the win on the mound.
Six of Davis’ 15 hits went for extra bases. Gage Cook led the way with a pair of doubles.
Layton takes down Viewmont in first round action
In a matchup of each team’s best pitchers, the Viking’s Isaac Evans and the Lancer’s Caleb Harrop put up zeros for five innings before Layton broke through for three runs in the bottom of the sixth to sink Viewmont’s hope of a first round win.
The Vikings threatened in the first when Hunter Roybal singled to right and Nate Remington singled to left.
Viewmont’s Evans held the Lancer bats at bay except for Dexter Piaz, whose two hits were the only base hits Layton could manage through five innings.
Piaz’s single to left field for his third hit in the game, and started the Lancers three-run rally. After two-out singles by Parker Kincade, Quentin Marcelin and Greenhalgh, the Lancers plated three runs to take a sudden 3-0 lead.
Layton’s Harrop had all the lead he would need as he retired the final three Viewmont hitters to earn a first-round state tournament win for Layton.
Westlake rallies from four down to drop Bountiful, 5-4
The Westlake Thunder bats woke up in the final innings of their game against Bountiful, scoring four runs to tie the game, then adding a single run in the eighth inning to down the Braves.
Leading 4-0 in the bottom of the seventh, the Braves surrendered four runs and failed to score a run in their half of the eighth inning.
Westlake’s Brycson Christensen drove in Jake Mayer in the bottom of the eighth inning to down the Braves. Tanner Redding took the loss.
All four South Davis County high schools continued play Wednesday afternoon. Bountiful took on Roy and Viewmont faced Jordan in the one-loss bracket.
Woods Cross and Timpanogos faced off in the winner’s bracket, and Davis and Riverton faced off in the 5A bracket.
Editor’s note: Tad Henderson is the father of a Viewmont player.