OGDEN — Salem Hills beating Lehi in Wednesday’s Class 4A quarterfinal at Lindquist Field was not surprising but that the Skyhawks did it so decisively was unexpected.
Kyle Coburn’s three-run triple keyed a five-run second inning and Easton Keck tossed a two-hitter as Salem Hills eased to a mercy-rule 11-1 victory. The Pioneers won both games against the Skyhawks during the Region 10 regular season.
“We’ve been on a roll,” Salem Hills coach Scott Haney said. “We’re hitting pretty well and the kids are playing with a lot of confidence.”
The Skyhawks (22-6) move on to play in Friday’s semifinals against Desert Hills.
Lehi starter Gentry Cox ran into trouble after recording the first two outs in the bottom of the second in a scoreless game. Cox hit a batter and walked three more, setting up scoring opportunities for Salem Hills. Kyle Coburn cleared the bases with a 3-run triple and Canyon Haveron and Jordan Matthews each stroked RBI singles for a 5-0 Skyhawks lead.
“The last game he (Cox) threw me a fastball and I hit it for a double,” Coburn said. “I knew he wasn’t going to throw me another one so I was looking for a curveball the whole time. That’s exactly what I got and I was ready for it.”
Cox beat Salem Hills 4-3 in the first regular season game and Hayden Jacobson threw a no-hitter in a 2-0 Lehi victory in Game 2.
“When we played them the first two times, we kind of thought coming out that we would beat them pretty good,” Coburn said. “That obviously didn’t happen. We all said we needed to go get this one and get our revenge and that’s what we did.”
Salem Hills scored two in the third. Easton Keck doubled and came on home Tristan Talbert’s two-bagger. Talbert scored on a Lehi throwing error for a 7-0 lead. It was 10-0 after four innings and Lehi scored its only run of the game in the top of the fifth. Dylan Coe doubled, advanced to third on a fly ball and came home on Quinn Taylor’s sacrifice fly.
Leading 10-1 in the bottom of the fifth, Canyon Haveron doubled and came home on Blake Hofheins’ single to end the game early via the 10-run rule.
Haveron and Hofheins had two hits each as did Keck, who helped himself with a pair of RBI.
“Easton really came back after throwing 80-something pitches on Saturday,” Haney said. “We got him out with 57 pitches today with the 10-run game and that saves on our pitching staff. It’s always great to stay in the winner’s bracket.
“We had some clutch hits. Kyle’s three-run triple was huge. He’s been doing that for us for three years, so we expect that out of him.”
Lehi (18-8) falls into the elimination bracket and will play at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday at Lindquist Field.
Desert Hills 5, Spanish Fork 2
Drew Thorpe drove in three runs for No. 2 Desert Hills, including a key two-run double in the third inning as the Thunder knocked off Region 10 champion Spanish Fork 5-2 on Wednesday at Lindquist Field in the 4A state tournament.
Desert Hills (25-3) moves on to Friday’s semifinals against Salem Hills. Spanish Fork (19-8) drops into the elimination bracket and will play at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday.
Taye Newman opened the game with a triple for Spanish Fork and came home on a double play ball for a 1-0 lead. Desert Hills countered with three runs in the third, including Thorpe’s double off the left-field wall, for a 3-1 advantage.
Andrew Pintar opened the fourth with a solo home run for the Dons to cut the deficit to 3-2 but the Thunder countered with two runs in the bottom of the inning, including Landon Levine’s solo shot, to left, for a 5-2 lead.
Spanish Fork got the tying run to the plate with two outs in the seventh but Skiler Hohrein’s pop to shortstop stranded two runners.
Lance Kinross went 4 2/3 innings for Desert Hills to earn the win, with Blake Milne coming on in the fifth to close things with 2 1/3 strong innings. Mason Olson, who struck out seven, took the loss for Spanish Fork.
Cedar City 11, Orem 2
Orem trailed just 4-2 entering the fifth inning but Cedar City erupted for seven runs on its way to an elimination bracket victory. The Tigers, which earned fourth place in Region 10, finished the season with a 13-15 record.