Cottonwood kept its Region 6 title hopes alive on Thursday afternoon with an impressive 6-2 victory at Skyline High School for its eighth straight region win.
Leadoff hitter Parker Burk had a big day at the plate going 3 for 4 with a triple and an RBI, while Riley Prescott was in command most of the game on the mound going six strong innings, only allowing two runs and striking out six.
“Riley was awesome on the mound, pounded the strike zone and had a lot of stress-free innings. That allowed him to go deep and gave our offense a chance to score runs for him. He has been great all year,” said Cottonwood first-year coach Chris Shelton.
Prescott improved to 4-1 on the mound for Colts.
Skyline pitcher Aidan Boice was sharp on the mound early as well, with the game tied 1-1 after four and Cottonwood only leading 2-1 after five.
In the sixth, Cottonwood started to string some hits together, adding three more runs to stretch the lead to 5-2. It added another run in the seventh inning and finished the game with 10 hits.
“We kept applying pressure by staying disciplined in the strike zone and getting into great hitters’ counts and getting on base. Then we finally got the big hits that we have been missing early in the year with guys in scoring position,” said Shelton.
Isaac Morris, Cameron Nielson and Jaycob Green all had a multi-hit day for Cottonwood, which improved to 10-2 in Region 6 with the victory. With two more games remaining in the regular season, Olympus has a one-game lead on Cottonwood in the standings.
Cottonwood finishes with two games next week against Hillcrest, while Olympus closes with Brighton.