With a regular season title hanging in the balance, fans were treated with an all-out pitchers duel Tuesday as the Providence Wolverines topped the Smithfield Blue Sox 2-0 to claim the Northern Utah League regular season championship.
“That was a fun game,” Providence head coach Jared Jensen said. “I’m one of those guys that loves the low scoring games. Even then there were missed opportunities from both teams.”
Peyton Davis and Jed Jensen combined to toss a two-hitter for the Wolverines and outdo a complete-game performance from Smithfield’s Brad Stevenson.
The duo struck out seven Blue Sox hitters, including four in a row for Jensen in the fourth and fifth innings. Davis picked up the win while Jensen got the save.
“I threw all right,” Jed Jensen said. “Luckily I was able to stay ahead in the count, and guys played good defense. We were able to keep guys off the bases. The Blue Sox get guys on bases, they seem like they get on a roll going.”
Stevenson struck out 11 Wolverines while taking the loss.
Kelton Conquist put the Wolverines on the board in the fourth inning with an RBI-groundrule double to center field to score Jensen.
The Blue Sox threatened to answer in the bottom half the inning, putting two runners aboard with two outs. But Jensen came in to relieve Davis and struck out the final batter to end the threat and preserve the lead.
Jensen then doubled the lead in the fifth inning with an RBI-single to center field and struck out six en route to the save.
“We had a two game lead with two games to go, this was like a tournament game to us,” Jared Jensen said. “We came out to win tonight. We didn’t want to go into Thursday playing Logan for the title.”
Providence improved to 18-5 in NUL action, clinching the regular season title and the No. 1 seed for the tournament which begins Saturday.
The Wolverines will host the winner of a play-in game between Brigham City and Hyrum in Providence in game one of a best of three series on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.