TAYLORSVILLE — Taylorsville baseball coach Steve Cramblitt feels kinda like Jacques Cousteau — he's searching and searching. It's the preseason, and he's used to it.
"That's what it (preseason) is here for," Cramblitt said, "to explore a little bit."
Wednesday, the top-ranked and defending champion Warriors improved to 3-0 with a 5-3 victory over Riverton.
In the three wins, the Warriors have pounded out 28 base hits.
With a group of 10 seniors many of which are starting varsity for the first time this year , Cramblitt knows it will only take time for his team to gel.
"We hope they (the seniors) will step up and do the job," Cramblitt said. "We have all the confidence in the world they can do it."
That senior leadership was evident in the first inning.
The first three hitters — seniors James Lee, Brady Worlock and Chad Barben — reached base, and senior Jeremy Thomas drove in the first two runs with a double. Seniors Danny Cornia and Jake Ewing drove in Taylorsville's other two runs in the decisive four-run first.
The Warriors provided Thomas, the starter, all the runs he would need in earning the win. He allowed two runs on seven hits in five innings, and reliever Todd Worlock allowed one run on two hits and worked out of a bases-loaded seventh-inning jam.
After the shaky first inning, Riverton starter Ben Lail surrendered just four hits the rest of the way and allowed just one run and that was on an RBI triple to Jason Bennion.
"You have to give Lail credit," Cramblitt said. "He settled down and and pitched well as the game went on."
Brady Worlock led the Warriors with three hits — including a double — two runs scored and a stolen base. Bennion also had two hits.
In other games Wednesday:
CYPRUS 16, LAYTON 11:Tyson Pearce went 3-for-4 with five RBIs for the Pirates.
VIEWMONT 4, HILLCREST 3:Cole Miles scored two and drove in a third as the Vikings got their first win of the season.
JORDAN 5, HIGHLAND 2:Zak Terry struck out four of the six batters he faced in the late innings and Jordan rallied with four runs in the fifth.
WEST 14, GRANGER 4:Pete Babalis struck out nine and drove in two runs, Tuckett Slade went 3-for-5 and drove in three for West.
SPRINGVILLE 4, SKYLINE 2: Tied at two after the second inning, the Red Devils punched in two in the seventh to take it away from the Eagles.
FREMONT 6, ROY 4:Austin Raught struck out 10 and Cade Fowers drove in the game-winner in the top of the eighth for Fremont.
SPANISH FORK 7, CARBON 3:John Welsh struck out 12 and Jordan Bailey and Tyler Deveraux had two RBIs apiece as the Dons took care of the Dinos.
PAYSON 13, LEHI 0:Jason Slanec struck out eight in a no-hitter for Payson.
Scores only: Bingham 7, Pleasant Grove 3; Bear River 9, Granite 6;
PLEASANT GROVE 3, UINTAH 2:Brock DeGraff went from goalie to forward in the waning minutes and scored the game-winner.
WATERFORD 3, WASATCH 2 (2OT): The Wasps defeated themselves in overtime with an own goal.
CARBON 5, MILLARD 0: While Greg Palmer shutout Millard, his brother Todd scored four goals for the Dinos.
SKYLINE 2, JUAN DIEGO 0:Clayton Nebeker Pratt scored two goals in the first half for the Eagles.
MOUNTAIN VIEW 5, SPANISH FORK 0:Kyle Thomas recorded a goal and an assist, and Bryan Black earned his third straight shutout as the Bruins crushed the Dons.
DIXIE 1, NORTH SANPETE 1: Dixie's Colonel Staheli and North Sanpete's Odon Lemus both scored as the teams battled to a nonregion draw.
GRAND 4, CANYON VIEW 1:Ben Wilson, Dashel Kulander, Xan Jones and Cody Dalton all scored to lead the Red Devils.
LAYTON 7, DAVIS 1: The Lancers exploded for five runs in the sixth and Danielle McDonald went 3-for-4 from the plate with two RBIs.
CLEARFIELD 5, SKYLINE 2: The Falcons held off the Eagles to get their first win.
SPANISH FORK 7, TIMPANOGOS 5: The Dons came up with four runs in the eighth inning to remain undefeated at 3-0.
OREM 10, MANTI 2:Debbie Downey struck out 14 batters and Marsha Hemuli had a home run, a double and three RBIs as the Tigers prevailed.
CANYON VIEW 6, DELTA 5: The Rabbits rallied in the fourth to make the game close, but couldn't finish.
KEARNS 11, OGDEN 8:
MOUNTAIN VIEW 15, AMERICAN FORK 1:Malory Gilespe went 3-for-4 as Mountain View beat American Fork.