Even Snow Canyon, who fell to the No. 4 seed after losing its regular-season finale, looked more like a No. 1 when they utterly demolished Canyon View 18-0 in the opening game pod on the Falcons’ home field.
But knowing you have to lose twice before you’re finished, there’s a tip worth offering here as the tournament moves forward. Ignoring Canyon View is not an option.
Case in point: After getting pummeled like they did in the opener, the Falcons were teetering on the edge as they fell behind to Grantsville 7-2 in the third inning. Somehow, they gave themselves a pulse with a pretty amazing six-run rally and still needed a walk-off base hit in the bottom of the seventh from Tyrel Robinson to survive and advance.
Looking through the archive, Canyon View only needs to go back a few years to find that going deep in the playoffs after an initial loss can definitely be done.
The Falcons lost their playoff opener in 2010 in even worse fashion than 18-0. They let an 8-1 fifth-inning lead get away and Wasatch won 9-8 with two runs in the bottom of the seventh.
CV shook that off, won the second Saturday game, and made it all the way to the title game before falling to Juan Diego.
Bear River, the Region 11 champion, is next up the elimination ladder for the Falcons at Spanish Fork. They’ll need to win twice Thursday and Friday, and then somehow pull out three wins Saturday to take home the big trophy.
CV and head coach Jason Jacobsen know the mission will be difficult, but it’s not impossible.
-As the softball bracket shakes out for 3A, Cedar has a score to settle with its Thursday opponent. Tooele denied the Lady Reds a chance at playing for a title when they knocked them out in the final Friday elimination game last year.
The Lady Buffaloes, the No. 2 seed from Region 10, mashed five home runs in a 13-0 romp over Logan in its opener at Cedar High. Cedar isn’t a slouch at the plate by any means, as they’ve hit 10 home runs in the last six games.
Something’s going to give in more ways than one when the two teams play again at Spanish Fork. The loser will still have life, but have to turn around almost immediately afterward – around 3:15 p.m. Thursday – and face the Canyon View Falcons. After dropping its opener to Desert Hills, CV stayed alive with an 11-3 romp over Juan Diego.
Sure, Cedar beat CV twice in the regular season, but a potential rematch with the loser going home is a night-and-day difference in the pressure department.
With the Falcons returning to Region 9 this fall, this week provides another opportunity to speak loudly and show once and for all they’re not pushovers anymore.
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