<strong>PROVIDENCE—</strong> The Providence baseball team used several big innings to storm past Hyrum, as the Wolverines defeated the Hornets Wednesday, 12-2.
“We just played well overall,” Providence pitcher Rob Garrett said. “We hit the ball well and kept them down on defense. It was just a good game. When your offense is good it’s hard to lose. It’s a big confidence builder.”
It didn’t take long for the Wolverines to strike, jumping out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning behind a string of hits and several walks. Hyrum pitcher Garrett Wallace struggled against a Providence offense firing on all cylinders.
A leadoff walk set the tone for the entire game, and Kolby Rowser put the Wolverines ahead on an RBI-single to center field, scoring Dustin Smith from second. Rowser and Justin Petersen both scored two batters later on a single from Brad Singer to build the early advantage.
The Wolverines pushed their lead to six in the second inning as Wallace struggled to find the strike zone for the Hornets. Wallace walked five batters in the first two innings, including three straight to start the second, giving up one run on a groundout and two more on a home run by Matt Stranski.
Using the six run cushion to his advantage, Garrett mowed the Hornets down, allowing just two runs – only one earned – on two hits through five innings. The lone blemish on Garrett’s stats came after the only walk he issued when Kade Maughan ripped an RBI-double to the wall in center field.
“Rob threw great,” Wolverine third baseman and relief pitcher Jed Jensen said. “He was down in the zone, ahead in the counts, and was throwing strikes. Anytime you do that you’re going to have success.”
Garrett struck out six batters using 66 pitches to get the win.
On the opposite sideline, Wallace was unable to quiet the Providence bats, and the Hornet defense allowed two more runs on two errors in the fourth inning to make it 8-2 headed into the fifth inning. Five hits, a walk and a sacrifice fly later, four runs had crossed the plate for Providence to give the Wolverines a 10-run advantage and a win via mercy-rule.
Providence improved to a Northern Utah League-best 11-2 with its third consecutive win, and 13-3 overall. Hyrum remained at the bottom of the NUL at 1-11, part of a 1-12 record overall.
The Wolverines will look to improve their win streak with a double-header Saturday in Smithfield. Providence will face the Idaho Falls Bandits in the first game of that double-header at 6 p.m, and then will try to increase its lead in the standings against second-place Smithfield in the second game at 8 p.m.
“We’ve played pretty well both games this week,” Jensen said. “We’ve hit well, had a better approach at the plate. Guys are taking what they should take, being aggressive when they should be aggressive. We’re coming up with clutch hits with two guys on and two outs, which we’ve struggled with this season.”