Redmen rebound from no-hitter, earn split with Panthers
By Tom Zulewski
Iron County Today
In the mind of Cedar High baseball coach Eric Fieldsted, the best way to shake off getting held without a hit in the previous outing isn’t complicated.
“We swung at strikes and didn’t swing at balls,” he said.
The end result for the Redmen came in the form of an early-game explosion of runs that helped them beat Pine View at home 11-4 on April 13 to earn a key split of the two-game series and stay in the playoff hunt with a 4-4 Region 9 record.
Cedar fell behind 1-0 before they had a turn to bat, but exploded after that with four runs in the second, five more in the third – three coming home on a McClain Anderson triple – and two in the fourth. The Panthers, who committed four errors, got a run back in the fifth, but the Redmen just missed ending the game early in the bottom of the frame.
“Today our guys came out with energy, a want-to, and a desire to go compete,” Fieldsted said.
Pine View (3-3 Region 9) would add two runs in the sixth, but Tanner Eyre shut the door from there to secure the Cedar win heading into a two-game set with Region 9 co-leader Dixie that started with a road game Tuesday night.
Tanner Staheli was the story for Pine View in the series opener April 10 as he threw a no-hitter in the Panthers’ 5-0 win over the Redmen. The senior hit two batters, but struck out 14 and hit a two-run home run in a four-run first inning that gave the home team all the offense it would need.
Canyon View’s struggles on offense continued as it dropped two more Region 9 contests and fell to 0-8. The Falcons lost twice to Dixie, but pulled off a feat few opponents could claim – extending both games to a full seven innings.
In the series opener April 10, the Flyers did the bulk of its damage late and came away with a 10-0 shutout victory. Dixie led only 2-0 against CV pitcher Joey Lambeth, but broke the game open with two runs in the sixth and six in the seventh.
The Falcons were held to just two hits in the loss.
On April 13, Dixie produced most of its offense in the early stages and cruised to a 6-1 victory over Canyon View to complete the sweep. Trevor Farrow drove in the lone Falcons run in the top of the fifth, breaking a scoreless drought that had reached 20 innings.
CV will be on a bye week from region play this week. They traveled to play a road game at Mountain View on Tuesday and will face Westlake at home Saturday in a 4 p.m. start.