<strong>SMITHFIELD—</strong>The Smithfield Blue Sox ended their regular season with style Monday night as they beat the Tremonton Terrapins in the fifth 15-2, clinching the second seed in the Northern Utah League ahead of the NUL tournament this weekend.
Smithfield played an all-around solid game. Colton Draney pitched six strikeouts and only allowed one hit and four walks. Smithfield, who has struggled turning double plays all season, turned two double plays and committed only one error.
“I’ve been harping on them all summer,” said Blue Sox coach Vic Bingham. “We’ve had too many walks and too many errors. Colton pitched well, and the pitching’s been good the last four games. We’ve made plays on ground balls, and have cut down on the errors. That’s why we’ve won the last four games.”
Smithfield opened the game with solid team defense forcing the Terrapins to a three up and three down. They came out swinging in the bottom of the first, cycling through their batting order and scoring four runs with RBIs coming from Chance Randall and Chandler Robinson. They capitalized on two errors in the first inning accounting for the other two runs.
Tremonton struggled at the mound the rest of the game pitching only one strikeout, walking five and hitting four batters, and throwing nine wild pitches allowing seven bases to be stolen. The team also committed six errors, four of which resulted in runs for the Sox.
With their defense struggling, the Terrapins also had a hard time at bat. With only one hit and drawing only four walks they went three up and three down every inning but the fifth.
At the top of the second the Sox turned a double play to end the inning and came out batting again. The Reese brothers stole 2nd and 3rd off off a wild pitch and Todd Barr put a deep ball into left field for a sacrifice fly to get Brennan home. Colby Read hit a line drive to Tremonton’s short stop who bobbled the ball which allowed two more runs.
In the third, Todd Barr again put the ball deep into left field but Tremonton failed to make it to the ball as the Sox scored their only run of the inning.
With eight fastballs Draney struck out two batters and threw a fly-out ending the top of the fourth. The bottom started with Chance Randall and Skyler Richins both getting hit by the pitch, and they stole 2nd and 3rd two pitches later off of another wild pitch by Tremonton. Robinson hit a line drive up centerfield where Tremonton’s shortstop deflected the ball off his glove and took the ball to the head allowing two more runs for Smithfield. After making sure he was alright and moving him to right field the game continued. Smithfield scored a total of seven runs in the fourth as Tremonton struggled to get under fly balls. Smithfield had 12 at bats.
“I got a little nervous the last inning,” said Smithfield pitcher Colton Draney. “I settled down, threw a strikeout, and the team finished strong.”
With a near perfect game Smithfield looks to the playoffs. They will host in Smithfield this Saturday at 6:00 and 8:00 playing Logan and Hyrum.