The Kanab Cowboys made quite a run at the 2A State Baseball Tournament last weekend, as North Sevier edged them 9-7 in the championship game for their first ever state title.

Kanab beat the Wolves 5-2 in the first game of the championship, but since it was North Sevier’s first loss in the double elimination tourney, they had to play a second game.

Head coach Mason Fox said,“We had a great tournament. We battled through weather and then a soggy field and really played well. Our pitchers did a great job of keeping us in the games and we had enough timely hits to keep the games close. Just like the regular season, each one of our games was a nail-biter the whole way. My FitBit heart monitor almost exploded more than once in the tournament because the games were so close and well played. I couldn’t be prouder of our boys. They left everything they had on the field Saturday.”

To start the weekend, Kanab beat South #1 seed Enterprise in the first game at Ken Price Ball Park in Murray on Thursday 3-2. The Cowboys trailed 2-0 going into the sixth inning, when Dawson Orton doubled in Sam Orton, who had doubled two batters earlier. Dawson was thrown out at third when the relay throw was dropped, but the Enterprise pitcher quickly grabbed the ball and threw him out to end the inning.

In the top of the seventh, Kanab had runners on first and second after Angel Moreno reached base on an error and Nate Houston hit a single. A fielder’s choice put runners at the corners, before Derek Houston knocked in Moreno with the tying run. Tavin Ott then drove in Nate Houston with the go-ahead run.

Marcus Fox came on in relief of Sam Orton in the bottom of the seventh, and the first two batters reached base. After a bunt advanced the runners to second and third, Fox struck out the next two Enterprise batters to get the save.

Orton threw six strong innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on six hits with one strikeout and three walks.

The Cowboy offense had 10 hits, with Sam Orton going three for three to lead the charge. Derek Houston and John Sims each had two hits.

The win put them in the semifinal game against North Sevier as the only two unbeaten teams left. This game was close all the way, with the Wolves leading 3-0 after two innings. Kanab plated two runs in the third when Carter Jackman singled and scored on a Nate Houston double. Houston scored on a Marcus Fox single to make it 3-2.

In the bottom of the fourth, Sam Orton singled with two outs. After a walk to Angel Moreno, Orton advanced to third on a passed ball, then scored on a wild pitch to tie the game, 3-3.

North Sevier countered with two runs in the top of the sixth to re-take the lead, 5-3. Kanab scored a run in the bottom of the sixth when Tavin Ott singled and advanced to third on a Sam Orton single. Ott scored on an Angel Mareno sacrifice fly to centerfield. Carter Jackman singled and Dawson Orton was hit by a pitch to load the bases. The Wolves brought in a new pitcher, who got the third out on a strikeout to end the inning.

In the bottom of the seventh, Marus Fox walked to lead off, and was sacrificed to second on a bunt. Unfortunately, two fly outs ended the game.

The Cowboys outhit the Wolves 7-4, but were guilty of four errors in the game. Drew Hafen threw three innings, giving up three runs (two earned) on one hit and four walks. Carter Jackman threw one inning and gave up two runs on one hit and one walk. Nate Houston threw three innings, allowing two hits and no runs.

Sam Orton and Carter Jackman each had two hits to lead the Cowboy bats.

With the loss, Kanab had to play Enterprise for a spot in the championship game. The Wolves beat Beaver to reach this game in the loser’s bracket.

Kanab again fell behind, down 3-0 after four innings, before their bats erupted. The Cowboys scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth when Drew Hafen led off with a single. After a fielder’s choice, Kanab’s next four batters all had singles – Marcus Fox, Derek Houston, Tavin Ott and John Sims – to get within one run, 3-2. Unfortunately, they left the bases loaded.

Kanab tied the game in the bottom of the sixth inning. Carter Jackman led off with a single. Drew Hafen bunted him to second. Nate Houston walked. Marcus Fox had a bunt single to load the bases. A Derek Houston ground out scored Jackman to tie the game, 3-3. A strikeout ended the inning with runners on second and third.

In the bottom of the seventh, Sam Orton doubled after one out. After a strikeout, Carter Jackman singled to center to score Orton with the winning run and a 4-3 Cowboy victory.

Carter Jackman threw three innings, giving up three runs on six hits. Marcus Fox threw four innings, not allowing a run, or a hit, or a walk, while striking out three, to get the win.

Marcus Fox and Sam Orton had three hits apiece to lead the slugging attack. Although Kanab only scored four runs, they clubbed 16 hits. Nate Houston, Tavin Ott and Carter Jackman all had two hits in the game.

This put Kanab in the championship game, but they had to beat North Sevier twice to win the title.

On Saturday morning, the Cowboys jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the second inning. Tavin Ott started off by reaching base on an error. After a strikeout, Sam Orton singled. A walk to Zech Brayton loaded the bases. Ott was thrown out at the plate on a grounder to first base for the second out. Trey Chatterley stroked a single to centerfield to score Orton and Brayton. A strikeout ended the inning, stranding two base runners.

The Wolves tied it up in the bottom of the third, and the game stayed tied until the Cowboys erupted for three runs in the top of the sixth. Tavin Ott led off with a double. After a flyout, Sam Orton looped a double to right field to score Ott.

Angel Moreno hit a line drive to center to score Orton. Carter Jackman sacrificed Moreno to second with a bunt, and Dawson Orton singled to left field to score Moreno.

North Sevier had a two-out triple in the bottom of the sixth, but Kanab escaped the inning on a fly out.

Derek Houston threw three innings, allowing two runs on two hits, with three strikeouts and four walks. Angel Moreno got the win, throwing the final four innings, allowing only two hits, with four K’s and no walks.

Sam Orton went three for four to lead the Cowboy bats. Tavin Ott had a double and a single, as Kanab outhit North Sevier, nine to three.

With the win, Kanab would once again face North Sevier, with the winner the 2A State Champs!

The Cowboys jumped out to an early lead, scoring two runs in the bottom of the first inning. After one out, Marcus Fox and Derek Houston hit singles to put runners on the corners. A bunt by Tavin Ott moved Houston to second, and John Sims came through with a single to score both runners.

North Sevier tied the game in the top of the second, then exploded for four runs in the top of the third, to lead 6-2. The Cowboys answered with one run in the bottom of the third and fourth innings to close the gap to 6-4.

In the third, Tavin Ott and John Sims led off with singles. Sam Orton reached base on an error to load the bases with no outs. Dawson Orton hit a ground ball to third, and Ott was thrown out at the plate. Carter Jackman popped out to third base, before Trey Chatterley walked to score Sims. A ground out ended the inning with the bases loaded.

In the bottom of the fourth, Marcus Fox singled to lead off. After a lineout, Tavin Ott singled to advance Fox to third. A popout to short made the second out before Sam Orton walked to load the bases. Fox scored on a balk by the Wolves pitcher before a gound out ended the inning, stranding two more baserunners.

North Sevier pushed the lead back to four with two runs in the top of the fifth to lead 8-4.

Kanab bounced back with three runs of their own in the bottom of the fifth to make it a one-run ballgame, 8-7. After one out, Trey Chatterley doubled to left field. After a fly-out to center, Marcus Fox reached base on an error and Chatterley scored. Derek Houston singled to right, sending Fox to third. Houston advanced to second when the right fielder bobbled the ball. Tavin Ott hit a grounder to short that was booted, scoring Fox and Houston. A fly-out ended the inning, but Kanab was only down one run with two more at-bats.

The Wolves added an insurance run in the top of the seventh. The Cowboys were held scoreless over the last two innings, and fell 9-7.

Six pitchers took to the mound for Kanab, with Angel Moreno hurling the most, three innings. He gave up six runs (five earned) on five hits, with four strikeouts and two walks. Kanab was guilty of three errors.

Kanab had 10 hits in the game and left 11 stranded on base. Marcus Fox, Derek Houston, Tavin Ott and John Sims each had two hits to lead the offense.

Congratulations to the Cowboys on a great tournament!