A blast from the past lifted Providence past Hyrum 11-1 on Friday as the Wolverines got a strong pitching performance from former Smithfield Blue Sox legend Scott Stranski.
“I remember him when I first started playing, and he was a great player,” Providence coach Jared Jensen said. “He was effective. He kept the ball down. He’s smart, he knows how to pitch. Hopefully we can get him to come back again.”
Father of current Providence player Matt Stranski, Scott threw a complete game while allowing just five hits in five innings.
“They just called and said they needed me to come pitch,” Stranski said. “I don’t think they did, but it was nice of them to ask. I haven’t thrown a baseball in a month so it was fun.”
Stranski – who throws batting practice for Utah State’s club team – got plenty of help from the Wolverines offense, which scored in every inning on their way to 11 hits – including six doubles.
The Wolverines improved to 10-2 with the win, well Hyrum fell to 0-10 this season.
Providence returns to action on Monday when the Wolverines host second-place Logan at 7:30 p.m. Hyrum travels to Smithfield on Saturday at 8 p.m.