Peaches get back-to-back victories against Hornets
The Brigham City Peaches finally reached a resolution with the Hyrum Hornets with an 11-10, win in a game that had been previously postponed before beating those same Hornets in a regularly scheduled contest, 9-7.
The postponed game started on Tuesday, July 1, was called with the score tied at 10 after no winner had emerged at the end of several extra innings of play.
In the game’s conclusion last Monday, the Peaches’ had a close call, but solid fielding from second baseman Brody Rich got a Hyrum runner out at home to save the run and get the second out of the inning. Pitcher JarDee Nessessen got a strike out with runners on first and second to end the inning.
Bryant Tingey earned a lead-off walk in the bottom of the 11th inning, before Danny Smith drilled a shot in the gap between first and second. Ethan Jones laid down a sacrifice bunt to move runners to second and third, when Kyle King hit a sacrifice fly to left field, scoring Tingey and give the Peaches the win.
In the first part of the game on July 12, the Hornets jumped out to a 7-2 lead in the top of the fifth inning, but the Peaches scored four runs to get within one, 6-7, in the bottom of the frame. In the sixth, the Peaches took their first lead, 10-7, but Hyrum tied it up in the top of the seventh.
“I’m just glad it took one inning,” said coach Rob King, “so we could get on with the next game at hand.”
In the second game, Kyle King got the win from the mound, with Brandon Barela getting a save.
Hunter Balmer and Brayden Jorgensen both had doubles for the Peaches, but the night belonged to Ethan Jones, who was 3-for-3 from the plate and just a home run short of completing the cycle.
“I was really hoping Ethan would get a chance to go for it,” said coach King, “but the batter in front of him got out and he never had a chance to try.”
Gus Baskin had a good night for the Hornets going 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBIs.
On Wednesday, the Peaches dropped another close contest to the Providence Wolverines, 8-5.
The boys from Brigham City were unable to recover after giving up five runs in the first inning.
“We had another slow start and just couldn’t find our groove till the end of the game,” said Rob King.
Jason Saunders continued swinging his hot bat, going 2-for-3 with two doubles and two RBIs.
Rob King said he agonized trying to find a reason why his team plays so close with Providence, but always comes up short, and what his team needed to do to beat them. Coach King said the answer is simply a matter of time.
“I mean I don’t want to make excuses, but give these guys a little experience, and they will finish these close games and start getting more wins,” said coach King.
The Peaches have seven games left in the season, and he hopes they can put to work what experience they have gained so far and come away with a few wins.
The Peaches are 8-15 so far in league play, and still have a chance to make the league tournament, said coach King.
The Peaches hosted Logan on Tuesday (results not available by press time), and the Smithfield Blue Sox will be coming to town on Wednesday. On Friday and Saturday the Peaches will travel to Pocatello, Idaho, to play the Grays.
Jazz man to stop in BC
Utah Jazz forward, Jeremy Evans, a player billed as “one of the most exciting and athletic in the NBA” will be at Wadman Court at Rees Pioneer Park, 100 North 600 West, Brigham City, to put on a clinic and meet-and-greet on Saturday, Aug. 2, beginning at 1 p.m. Evans is the 2012 NBA Slam Dunk Champion, and was runner-up in the contest in 2013. He recently finished his fourth season with the Jazz, where he played in 66 games and averaged six points and five rebounds per game. All residents are invited to attend. Evans will be available following the clinic to sign autographs.