By TERESA CHIPMAN
PHS sports writer
Preston played Bonneville at home and then away on Thursday and Friday. They lost both games and then traveled to Sugar Salem where they split a double header with the Diggers.
The Indians will host the Tony Hansen Tournament this Friday and Saturday. Competing teams are Firth, Sugar Salem, Malad, Bear Lake, Soda Springs, South Fremont, Marsh Valley and Preston.
So close, but not quite enough, against the Bees. The Indians led the defending 4A State Champions at home 6-3 to start the sixth inning. They began to lose ground when Jason Wade gave up a three-run home run. He kept the Bees to just four hits and struck out five through five innings.
“We lost focus late in the game and lost 11-7, said coach Brandon Ormond. “Wade had another strong pitching performance to keep us right there until the end. It’s just way too much for us to ask our pitchers to go the distance nearly every time. We need to get outs early and keep swinging.”
The Indians outhit the Bees 8-7 and finished with five extra-base knocks. Kieton Keller doubled twice for Preston, while Derek Fryar, Dallin Fryar and Adam Burbank all belted triples. Burbank drove in two runs with his triple. Jantz Ebanez and Derek Fryar had two hits for Preston. Keller and Ebanez each drove in a run.
“We had another pitchers’ duel on Friday at Bonneville,” said Ormond, of the away game. Kohl Hostert, who has signed to play baseball at University of Oregon, pitched for the Bees and Jesse Parker pitched for the Indians. Both teams only allowed three hits each. But we had a couple of costly errors and lost 2-0.
“Overall, I was proud of our effort this year against Bonneville. They only lost two players from their championship team. We definitely showed heart in these two games.”
This story is sponsored by Dr. Jensen.
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