Andrew Salazar makes a throw from the outfield after a catch.
The Price American Legion team traveled south to play a pair of double-headers with Cedar City and walked away with three wins and a loss. They beat Cedar 10-1, 18-1, 11-0. Their final game resulted in a close 10-9 loss.
They started their quest on Wednesday, June 18 against Cedar with Travis Failor on the mound. He went three innings and gave up three hits. Zach Rodriguez came on and finished with three innings of good pitching.
It was the defense that made the difference. Anytime Cedar got a runner on, the Price boys shut them down.
Offensively, many on the team were able to connect the hits when needed. Rodriguez, Neto Pacheco, Levi Graff and Dorien Scoville each had a pair of hits. TJ Cartwright and Cal Wilson had a pair of RBI's
The powerful offense kept coming in game two as Rodriguez had three hits and four RBI's. Tyson Dameron had three hits. Cartwright had a pair of hits and three RBI's. Graff also had three hits in the game.
Coach Willie Ellington used five pitchers in the game. Tyson Dameron was the start and went three before Ellington sent in Graff, Pacheco, Andrew Salazar and Joe McKinnon to pitch an inning each. Ellington wants to let his young players get a chance to pitch while also not running the risk of burning out an arm that is not ready to go the distance.
On Thursday Johnathan Garcia took the mound for Price and went five shutout innings.
The offense again came through. Rodriguez had another good game at the plate with a pair of hits. Dameron also had a pair as well as Graff and Failor. The game ended in five with the score of 11-0.
In the final game of the series, Ellington made sure his bench got a chance on the field. They held their own and almost pulled out a sweep for the team. But in baseball a single play can make a difference and it only took one ball squirting through the infield to give Cedar its only win of the series.
Rodriguez pitched four innings and McKinnon took a turn on the mound with Failor finishing up.
Rodriguez again came through big on offense with three hits and Scoville added a pair.
Ellington was happy about the series, "I felt good about the way we played. We could have won the final game. I wanted to make sure the younger kids got a chance to play and they almost pulled it out." He went on to say, "We will have our hands full this weekend at the Helper tournament. They (the Price team) need to learn from these more experienced kids who are older and one step away from college or triple A ball. It's fun to watch them run onto the field in their uniforms and want to play. I took many of these kids to watch Helper Legion teams play over the years and its their dream to be out on that field, under the lights playing."
Price will play at 8:00 on Thursday night at the Helper Legion Field.