After the first week of Region 8 play, Pleasant Grove has made one thing clear - it is definitely the team to beat.
The third-ranked Vikings combined 14 hits and 10 walks en route to an 18-8 drubbing of the Provo Bulldogs Friday in prep baseball action.Nathan Duvall cranked two home runs, Cody Knuteson had four hits and Darell Fowles drove in three RBI on a pair of singles as Pleasant Grove improved to 8-1, 2-0 on the season.
Elsewhere around the state:
Layton 7, Weber 6
At Weber, James Atwood went 2-for-4 with two RBI and pitched well for the Lancers in their win over the Warriors. Weber's Bryon Vigil had four RBI and forced the extra inning with a game-tying triple in the seventh.
West Jordan 2, Bingham 1
At West Jordan, the Jaguars came out on top of this battle with the rival Miners. Kevin Groves went the distance for West Jordan, striking out seven and allowing only one run. Jon Hunt and Doug Allred drove in the Jags two runs.
Granger 9, Kearns 7
At Granger, the Lancers scored all nine runs in the fourth and fifth innings and held off a late Cougar rally to start region play off with a win.
Taylorsville 12, Hunter 5
At Taylorsville, Jared Larsen hit a double and a home run to lead the top-ranked Warriors topple the Wolverines. Brent Taggert picked up the win on the mound for T-Ville.
Alta 9, Orem 4
At Orem, the second-ranked Hawks shelled out 15 hits en route to their big region win over the third-ranked Tigers. Rustin Raines hit a home run for Alta, which improved to 6-2, 1-0.
Hillcrest 2, American Fork 1
At American Fork, Dan Hoagland held the Cavemen to only two hits and one run to lead the Huskies on the mound.
Mountain View 12, Brighton 6
At Brighton, Shawn Ward had two hits and an RBI to lead the Bruins pas the Bengals.
Bear River 13, Box Elder 3
At Bear River, Reggie Anger went 3-for-4 with four RBI as the Bears beat the Bees.
Sky View 13, Logan 4
At Logan, the Bobcats overcame a four-point deficit to wallop the Grizzlies. Ryan Robertson had four RBI for Sky View.
East 12, Olympus 4
At Olympus, Aaron Dinkel pitched the distance as the Leopards pounced on the Titans.
Cyprus 22, Woods Cross 7
At Woods Cross, Willie Eyre hit a homer and Ryan Bell added two doubles as the Pirates exploded for 22 runs on 17 hits.
Payson 12, Spanish Fork 11
At Payson, the Lions pounded out 13 hits in the slugfest win over the Dons. Shawn Johnson hit two doubles and Brian Ford nailed a homer to lead Payson.
Pine View 4, Cedar City 1
At Pine View, Kyle West and Ryan Bowers each homered as 3A's top-ranked Panthers improved to 5-0 in region play.
Dixie 10, Snow Canyon 5
At Dixie, Phil Baker knocked out a two-run homer and Rick Guerisoli drove in three runs on two hits to spark the second-ranked Flyers.
Lehi 11, Park City 1
At Lehi, Mike Gray went 3-for-3 with three RBI to lead the third-ranked Pioneers past the Miners.
North Sanpete 9, Delta 8
At North Sanpete, Devin Curtis hit in the winning run on a two-out double in the bottom of the seventh inning to top off a six-run rally for the Hawks.
Richfield 5, Carbon 1
At Richfield, Jim Stubbs and Scott Cuff drilled home runs as the Wildcats scored five runs in the fifth to down the Dinos.
Gunnison 6, No. Summit 2
Gunnison 13, No. Summit 3
At Gunnison, the Bulldogs picked up a pair of region wins as they swept the doubleheader.
Juab 6, Morgan 2
Juab 4, Morgan 1
At Juab, Shane Jackson and Clint Bowles went the distance for the Wasps as they took both ends of the twinbill.