6A baseball tournament: Syracuse at a spot it’s never been before after an 8-1 win over Fremont

Syracuse’s Jackson Hall and Bridger Nall celebrate winning the 6A baseball championship quarterfinals against Fremont at the UCCU Ballpark in Orem on Monday, May 20, 2019. Syracuse won 8-1.
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Syracuse’s Dougray Humphrey catches the ball at first base and gets Fremont’s Taylor Ellis out in the 6A baseball championship quarterfinals at the UCCU Ballpark in Orem on Monday, May 20, 2019. Syracuse won 8-1.
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Syracuse’s Dougray Humphrey catches the ball at first base and gets Fremont’s Wyatt Howell out in the 6A baseball championship quarterfinals at the UCCU Ballpark in Orem on Monday, May 20, 2019. Syracuse won 8-1.
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Warriors beat Blazers 119-117 in OT for NBA Finals berth

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, left, celebrates as he runs next to Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum, center, at the end of Game 4 of the NBA basketball playoffs Western Conference finals, Monday, May 20, 2019, in Portland, Ore. The Warriors won 119-117 in overtime. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
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Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) dribbles during the first half of Game 4 of the NBA basketball playoffs Western Conference finals against the Portland Trail Blazers, Monday, May 20, 2019, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
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Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) holds the ball after being whistled for a penalty during the first half of Game 4 of the NBA basketball playoffs Western Conference finals against the Portland Trail Blazers, Monday, May 20, 2019, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
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High school baseball: Desert Hills overcomes miscue to earn shot at 4A title

ST. GEORGE – Desert Hills overcame a fielding miscue that created a 3-0 deficit to rally for a 6-3 win Monday night over Salem Hills in eight innings in the state 4A semifinals at Bruce Hurst Field.

“We were down, but nobody was giving up,” said Thunder relief pitcher Lance Kinross. “We just got to the dugout and we were all picking each other up, trying to get back one batter at a time.”

With a berth in the state championship game on the line and in a scoreless tie in the bottom of the fourth, Salem Hills slugger Sawyer Radke hit a deep fly to left-center field. With the bases loaded and the runners going, Radke’s deep fly ball was dangerous, but manageable.

However, the two Desert Hills outfielders converged on the fly ball at the warning track and looked at each other as the high fly landed inexplicably between them. Three runs scored on the play and the Skyhawks looked like they might be headed to the title game with ace Kade Hancock dominating on the mound.

“We were down, but not out,” Desert Hills first baseman Bronson Andrus said. “There was still a lot of baseball left, and this is a team of fighters, battlers.”

The Thunder got one of those runs back on an RBI single from Clayton Lott in the top of the fifth that scored Chandler Reber to make it 3-1.

Salem Hills loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the fifth, but Kinross recorded back-to-back strikeouts to keep it a 3-1 game.

“I’m really good at throwing strikes, pretty consistent, so I didn’t get nervous,” Kinross said. “I just tried to throw strikes because I knew my defense would back me up.”

In the top of the sixth, the Thunder were able to even up the score with a mini rally. Blake Milne singled and then stole second. He scored on an RBI double down the third-base line by Landon Levine. The next batter, Reber, then knotted the score at 3-3 with an RBI single to right field.

Neither team scored in the seventh, forcing the game into an extra frame.

In the top of the eighth, Andrus, who had been 0 for 2 in the game, whacked the first pitch he saw deep over the SHHS center fielder’s head and off the wall. The speedy Andrus never slowed down around second and slid into third base with a leadoff …read more

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