Friday , March 09, 2018 - 10:11 PM
ROY — Travis Flint was wondering and thinking, trying to put a lineup together for Roy baseball’s season-opener against Ogden.
The two schools were supposed to play Thursday at Ogden High but postponed the game and moved it to Roy on Friday. But the main issue the Royals’ head coach faced...
“I don’t know if we even narrowed down a starting lineup until, I don’t know what, 2:50?” Flint said.
That was the decision-making that preceded Roy’s 6-1 home win over Ogden, also playing its first game of the season. Maybe he’s glad the game was postponed a day.
“We’re young and we just kind of want to learn to play with each other and learn to bond with each other a little bit,” Flint said.
To see the youth, look no further than the middle of the field where the Royals started a freshman at second base (Jaxon Dart), a freshman shortstop (Ethan Oliver) and a freshman center fielder (Cade Harris).
Combined with the two most visible seniors on the team, pitcher Brody Perkes and catcher Jack Hulce, as well as a team having to replace several seniors from last year, there’s some questions about what sort of lineup to trot out.
On Friday it was a healthy mix of seniors and new guys who did the damage against the Tigers. Perkes pitched a scoreless three innings to start the game and Hulce went 2 for 3 with three RBIs.
Harris put the Royals on the board with a two-run single in the fourth. Two pitches later, Hulce cracked an RBI double to deep left-center field.
That same mix is what Flint expects the rest of the season out of the Royals. But the uncertainty is there as well, namely from Roy being in a new region (Region 5) with four schools it’s largely unfamiliar with: Viewmont, Bountiful, Woods Cross and Box Elder.
The Tigers are also in a new region, 4A’s Region 11, and apart from Ben Lomond and Bonneville, are also largely unfamiliar with their region foes.
Ogden got three scoreless innings from pitcher Max DeCorso to start the game, and the Tigers likely need plenty of other outings like that to make up for the loss of star pitcher Nick Freeman, who had Tommy John surgery before the season.
Ogden has plenty of leftover wind in its sails coming off last year’s 14-12 record, its first winning season and best season since at least 2001, which is how far back online records are kept.
AREA BASEBALL SCORES
Box Elder 7, Cedar 5; Juab 7, Box Elder 2
Salem Hills 10, Bonneville 0
Lone Peak 7, Clearfield 2
Lehi 5, Syracuse 4 (8); Canyon View 8, Syracuse 7 (8)
Cyprus 2, Layton 0
Juab 10, Bear River 6; Bear River 10, Cedar 9
Gunnison 3, Morgan 2; Kanab 7, Morgan 0
American Leadership 15, Layton Christian 5
Sky View at Northridge, no reschedule date available according to Knights coach Shad McCord.
Mountain Crest at Bountiful rescheduled for Wednesday, March 14 at 3:30 p.m.
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