<strong>PROVIDENCE—</strong>In a close battle between Northern Utah League rivals, the Providence Wolverines defeated Hyrum Thursday, 4-3, behind six innings on the mound from Skyler Thorpe.
“Skyler pitched a great game,” Providence head coach Jared Jensen said. “I thought he pitched really well. He kept the ball down, got a lot of ground balls and we played pretty good defense behind him.”
Thorpe allowed one hit through the first two innings as the Wolverines jumped out to an early 3-0 lead. A lead-off single from Kelton Conquist started a Providence rally that left the bases loaded for Jeff Schiffman, prompting a visit to the mound from the Hornets coaching staff.
Schiffman then sent a 1-2 pitch up the middle to give Providence a 2-0 lead, and two batters later Luke Madsen made it 3-0 when he reached on a Hyrum throwing error.
The Hornets got a run back in the second on an RBI-groundout by Tanner Richardson, and added two more as part of a big third inning to tie the game.
The first four Hyrum batters reached base safely, starting with a double from Trustin Rowser. Three consecutive singles later, Rowser and Garrett Walker had scored for the Hornets, but they were unable to take the lead.
Providence fought right back and re-took the lead in the bottom of the third after Matt Stranski hit a lead-off double. Three batters later, Dex Bowen plated Stranski with an RBI-single to right field, and the Wolverines never trailed again.
“It was good,” Jensen said. “Hyrum is a good team. I expected a good game and that’s what happened. It was a lot of fun. We were lucky enough to score enough runs and played some good defense.”
Hyrum finished with 10 hits in the game, but left seven runners on base – including five in scoring position – while Providence left eight runners on, four of which were in scoring position.
The Wolverines improved to 21-4 overall on the season, and 18-3 in league play. The Hornets fell to 2-14 overall, including 2-13 in league play.
Up next for Providence is a visit to Logan Monday at 6 p.m. before hosting Smithfield Tuesday and Friday. Hyrum, meanwhile, hosts Tremonton Saturday at 8 p.m. before a return trip to Providence Wednesday.
“Busy week next week,” Jensen said. “They’re real big games. Every time we play them, whether the league standings are close or not it’s a big rival game. I expect a pretty big crowd both days and we’re looking forward to it.”