<strong>PROVIDENCE—</strong> After dropping two straight at home, the Providence Wolverines overcame an error-filled contest to get back in the win column with a come-from-behind win over Brigham City, 6-4, Friday.
“It was good, we played well,” Providence head coach Jared Jensen said. “We still didn’t score runs until late in the game, but we played a lot better tonight. Brigham has always been a good team.”
The Wolverines struggled to get the bats going early, but got a solid pitching performance from Tyler Christensen. While the offense finished with six runs on seven hits, Christensen limited the Peaches to two runs on five hits through four innings.
The first of those two runs came on an RBI-triple in the third inning and the other on an RBI-single with two outs in the fourth. Providence cut the lead in half in the fifth inning on a single from Dustin Smith that scored Dex Bowen, who had doubled with one out.
Bowen also made several plays in the outfield, tracking down three different fly balls at the wall to minimize the number of hits Brigham City had.
The defensive battle turned sloppy in the sixth, as both teams conceded runs on errors.
In the top half of the inning, the Peaches loaded the bases with nobody out after a leadoff single, a double and a walk. Umpires and coaches spent several minutes discussing the double, as it was unclear whether the ball had hit the top of the wall in foul or fair territory.
Initially the home plate umpire signaled a home run, but after the discussion, the batters were awarded two bases, putting runners at second and third with no outs before the walk loaded the bases. The ensuing batter then laid down a sacrifice bunt, but a throwing error to first allowed two runs to score on the play.
“None of us knew where it really hit,” Jensen said. “The way the fence is out there, if it hits the vertical pole it’s in play, but if it hits the pole down below, it’s foul. I thought it was foul, but I wasn’t going to argue that.”
The Wolverines got both runs back in the bottom half of the inning, getting a lot of help from Brigham City relief pitching. Providence scored five runs on one hit, three walks and a batter hit by a pitch. Craig Brimhall had the lone hit of the inning for Providence – a single to put two runners on with nobody out.
Jed Jensen was hit by a pitch to load the bases, and back-to-back walks made it 4-3 with the bases still loaded. Up stepped Bowen, who grounded into a fielder’s choice for another run, and suddenly the game was tied.
With runners at first and third, Smith came to bat and reached first when Brigham City’s right fielder lost a fly ball, letting it drop and allowing a run to score. Another run crossed on the throw home when the catcher dropped the ball to make it 6-4.
The two run cushion was all Jensen needed to pick up the win in relief for the Wolverines, tossing a scoreless sixth and seventh inning, giving up one hit and striking out three.
“It was good,” Jed Jensen said. “I pitched a couple of innings on Wednesday night, so my arm was tender. But my arm starting loosening up there towards the end and I felt like my fastball had decent life on it. The big thing was I was ahead in the counts.”
Providence moved to 11-3 overall this season, including a 9-2 record in league play, while Brigham City dropped to 6-4 overall, having played only league games so far this season.
Up next for the Wolverines is a visit from the Tremonton Terrapins, which hold a 1-10 overall record. That game is scheduled for Monday, June 25, at 8 p.m.