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Alta's Kyle Bowen scoops up the ball just in time to force out Riverton's Brock Nordberg. Riverton beat Alta 7-5 in Region 2 action.

Alta’s Kyle Bowen scoops up the ball just in time to force out Riverton’s Brock Nordberg. Riverton beat Alta 7-5 in Region 2 action.

Lisa Marie Miller, Deseret Morning News

RIVERTON — It has been nearly a month since the Riverton Silverwolves tasted defeat. They are perfect in the month of April. For four innings on Thursday afternoon, it looked as if all of that was about to come to a screeching halt. But the No. 3 ranked Silverwolves rallied from a four-run deficit to beat No. 2 ranked Alta 7-5 to keep the streak alive.

The last time Riverton lost was to Alta back on March 29. That loss put the Silverwolves' record at 2-4 early in the season. Since then, the team has reeled off 11 straight wins including Thursday's two-run win. They have pulled even with Alta at 8-1 for the lead in a tough Region 2.

"These kids have battled all year," said Riverton coach Jay Applegate. "They have been putting in a lot of hard work, and it's good to see some good things finally starting to happen for them."

For the first half of the contest, not much good was happening for Riverton. Scott Crow was on the mound for Alta, and he was in complete control. Through the first four innings, he had not allowed a hit, and allowed only one base runner on a walk while striking out five. He had a four-pitch inning in the fourth getting two fly outs and a ground out.

Offensively, the Hawks put two runs across in the third on a two-run double by Ian Thomas. They added a run in the fourth on singles by Phil Peterson, Crow and Dane Burton, and knocked Riverton's ace Ben Lail out of the game in the fifth after Brandon Relf scored on a wild pitch.

Losing Lail may have been a blessing in disguise.

"One of our team's strengths is our pitching depth, so I tell them that if are tired to let me know, and Ben told me he was just out of gas," said Applegate.

Tyler Schick came in and got the team out of the inning down only 0-4.

"I just came in with confidence and tried to throw strikes," said Schick of his performance.

"I was staying pretty calm," said Applegate about trailing by four runs. "I could see a couple people pressing, but I knew that if we stayed confident in our abilities and just kept battling that we were going to get to some people."

It was the fifth when the team came alive. Colby Jenkins ended Crow's no-hitter, and the flood-gates opened. Lail singled in the first run, and Schick followed that with an RBI double. After two more singles, Brock Nordberg gave the Silverwolves the lead by singling in two more runs in an 11-pitch at bat. In all, Riverton scored six runs on six hits in the inning to take a 6-4 lead.

Alta pulled within one in the sixth on Thomas' third RBI of the game, but Lail countered that with a RBI double in the bottom half. Nik Gumeson came in for the save in the seventh.

"This game meant a lot to us," said Applegate after hearing that some of his players had called the win the biggest in school history. "It may be the biggest, at least until we play again," he finished.

In other prep games Thursday:

REGION 1

VIEWMONT 8, DAVIS 5:Tyson Cooper's two-RBI contribution was enough to lift the Vikings past Davis.

WEBER 7, NORTHRIDGE 0:Brady Madsen tossed a two-hit shutout to lead the Warriors past Northridge. Weber's Cole Thorpe went 2-for-3 and scored twice.

LAYTON 7, FREMONT 5:Sam Schanzel went 2-for-4 with an RBI to lead the Lancers against Fremont in Region 1.

REGION 2

JORDAN 7, BRIGHTON 4: Jordan scored three runs in the eigth inning to best Brighton in an extra-innings showdown.

WEST JORDAN 8, HILLCREST 7:Austin Lewis and James Lopez each had home runs for West Jordan.

REGION 3

SKYLINE 5, HUNTER 2: Skyline's John Langford earned a complete-game victory by allowing two runs to a tough Hunter squad. Langford also finished with a double and two RBIs.

COTTONWOOD 4, KEARNS 3:Casey Sato went 3-for-3 to lead Cottonwood over the Cougars. Tanner Robles and Jared Crowther combined to pitch a two-hitter.

REGION 4

BONNEVILLE 7, BOX ELDER 6:Tanner Jugler's single in the bottom of the seventh inning gave Bonneville the win. Jugler also pitched a complete game with nine strikeouts. Box Elder's Barry Boyce went 2-for-3 with two RBIs.

SKY VIEW 13, ROY 3: Ty Carlin went 3-for-3 at the plate with four runs scored and Kevin Smith had a triple and scored three times as the Bobcats routed the Royals.

MOUNTAIN CREST 4, LOGAN 3:Taylor Palmer hit 3-for-4 with two doubles in a losing effort to Mountain Crest. Kyle Hamilton earned a complete-game victory for Mountain Crest.

REGION 5

BOUNTIFUL 11, WEST 6:Christain Cox batted a near perfect 3-for-4 with two RBIs for the Braves in a high-scoring win over West.

REGION 7

LONE PEAK 7, OREM 5:Jaron Gallagher hit two-out, two-run double in the bottom of the fourth inning to tie the game at 3-for-3 for Lone Peak.

REGION 11

BEN LOMOND 9, MORGAN 8:Josh Ferrin's solo home run in the bottom of the fifth helped Ben Lomond stave off a late rally by Morgan.

BEAR RIVER 10, OGDEN 0: Matt Morrison and Jason Zundel

combined to pitch a three-hit shutout as the Bears beat Ogden in Region 11.

NONREGION

SPANISH FORK 11, TIMPANOGOS 1:Jordan Daley allowed a single run in four innings in a blowout win for Spanish Forks.

SOFTBALL

REGION 1

VIEWMONT 5, DAVIS 4:Shasta Tyteca went 3-for-4 with a double in leading the Vikings past the Darts.

FREMONT 4, LAYTON 0: Fremont's Haley Schumers recorded her eighth shutout of the year with an eight strikeout-performance.

REGION 3

SKYLINE 6, COTTONWOOD 2:Tori Norton went 3-for-4 to lead Skyline.

REGION 5

MURRAY 10, EAST 0:Whitney Holmes blasted a home run for Murray and Brittany Parker twirled a no-hitter.

OLYMPUS 11, HIGHLAND 1:Alisa Waters threw a no-hitter and struck out six, while going 2-for-3 from the plate with an RBI and two runs scored.

BOUNTIFUL 4, WOODS CROSS 3:Katie Weese doubled home the tying and winning runs in the bottom of the seventh as the Braves rallied past the Wildcats. By scoring four runs in the final two innings, Bountiful improved to 8-1 in league play.

REGION 6

SPANISH FORK 5, SPRINGVILLE 2:Mele Vaitohi hit two two-run inside-the-park home runs to carry the top-ranked Dons past the Red Devils.

REGION 7

OREM 7, TIMPANOGOS 2:Marsha Heimuli pounded a two-run home run to center field in the fifth inning to lift Orem past Timpanogos.

MOUNTAIN VIEW 8, LONE PEAK 1:Katie Welling went 3-for-4 and scored twice for the Bruins in their region win over Lone Peak. Welling's sister, Amy, was 2-for-3 with two RBIs.

REGION 11

MORGAN 22, OGDEN 21: In a game that featured two rain delays and several offensive fireworks, it was the Trojans that beat Ogden. Morgan's Kelsie Adams went 2-for-2 with four walks. Bobbi Brown had two crucial doubles for the Trojans.

NONREGION

NORTH SANPETE 7, PLEASANT GROVE 6:Bree Jensen-Reit scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh as North Sanpete beat the Vikings.


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