It came down to the final game at home May 5, but the Falcons got it done and earned the right to stay home for the opening round of the 3A state playoffs.
Tyrel Robinson, McCrae Webster and Joey Mackelprang all belted home runs as the Falcons pulled away and beat the Wasps 8-1 to win the Region 12 crown for the second year in a row. CV finished with a 10-2 record in region and 14-8 overall.
After Juab stayed alive in the second game of a Tuesday doubleheader with a 5-1 victory at home, they grabbed the early lead in the finale with a run in the top of the first inning on an RBI single from Tucker Memmott.
The Falcons would take over from there, scoring in each of its last five innings while Trace Hardin and Josh MacInnis shut the Wasps down from the mound. Hardin worked the first five innings, allowing only a run and four hits.
CV would score twice in the second, third and fifth, and Robinson’s leadoff home run in the bottom of the sixth completed the scoring. Mackelprang hit his homer in the fifth to make it 7-1 after Cadyn Clark dodged a pickle on what would have been the third out of the inning.
Webster also hit a two-run shot in the third inning that helped the Falcons move in front at 4-1.
The Falcons began the final regular-season series in strong fashion May 2 with a 6-2 win over the Wasps. Canyon View broke a 2-2 tie with a run in the sixth inning and three more in the seventh.
Robinson led the 13-hit CV attack in the opener of the doubleheader, going 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles and two RBI.
Juab denied the Falcons a chance to celebrate on its field, winning the nightcap by scoring three times in the fifth inning and two more in the sixth to break up a pitchers’ duel between Joey Lambeth and Dawson Ostler. CV scored its lone run in the top of the seventh on a sacrifice fly from Robinson.
Canyon View will open play in the 3A state playoffs Saturday with a home game against Snow Canyon, the No. 4 team from Region 9, at 11 a.m. Juan Diego and Grantsville are also in the four-team pod and will play twice with the winner’s bracket meeting at the Falcons’ home field.
Cedar wrapped up its season by splitting a pair of games, including a 23-2 non-region rout at home over Delta on May 2. The Redmen scored 17 runs in the second inning, and the game was called after three.
In its season finale, Cedar dropped a 6-1 decision May 5 at Dixie as the Flyers clinched the outright Region 9 championship with their eighth straight win.
The Redmen scored first, but Dixie came back and broke a 1-1 tie with four runs in the fourth and one in the fifth. Cedar finished the year 1-9 in Region 9 play, 7-13 overall.
Region 9 standings
Desert Hills 7-3
Pine View 6-4
Snow Canyon 6-4
Region 12 standings
Canyon View 10-2
North Sanpete 0-12
3A state playoffs
Snow Canyon at Canyon View, 11 a.m.
Juan Diego vs. Grantsville (at Cedar), 11 a.m.
Winners play each other at 1 p.m., losers at 4 p.m.