What started out as an awesome beginning in the 2A State Baseball Tournament on Thursday with an exciting 5-4 extra inning victory over Grand, turned ugly in a hurry on Friday against Emery. The Spartans hammered the Cowboys 19-1 in five innings to advance to the championship game.

Kanab still had a chance to get revenge, but they had to beat Parowan, who came though the loser’s bracket. A second inning outburst by the Rams ended with Parowan scoring 14 runs on their way to a 16-4 win.

Kanab edged Grand in the first game on a perfectly executed suicide squeeze play in the bottom of the eighth inning, with one out and runners on first and third. Michael Stewart laid the bunt down the first base line and Merrill Terry sprinted in from third for the winning run. Earlier in the game, Terry had an inside the park home run. The Cowboys rapped out 11 hits, with Terry, Chase Adams and Dan Ramsay each having two.

Sophomore Adams was the winning pitcher, going the distance, allowing only three hits, while striking out nine.

In the game with Emery, pitcher Ramsay recorded the first out of the game, but it was also the only out he would get. Emery scored five runs before Brandon Jenson relieved Ramsay. A two-run double, an error by the right fielder, a passed ball and a blooper to right made it 5-0. A wild pitch and a couple of walks scored another and a sac fly to center brought in the eighth run. Four more runs in the second inning, courtesy of a walk and several more errors had runners on second and third with one out. A pitch behind the batter’s head hit his bat and trickled in front of the plate. A throw to first base by the pitcher sailed over his head and also got by the right fielder, scoring two runs, with the batter winding up at third. He scored on a balk on the next pitch to make the score 12-0. Emery followed with two more runs in the third, four in the fourth and one in the fifth to win 19-1.

Kanab scored its only run in the fourth inning on a single by Terry, who stole second, went to third on a passed ball, and scored on a sac fly by Jenson. Kanab had only three hits in the game, while Emery had 15.

With the loss, Kanab faced Parowan on Saturday morning. The winner would face Emery in the championship game later Saturday. Kanab scored a run in the top of the second inning, before the Rams erupted for 14 runs in the bottom of the inning to lead 14-1. The Cowboys scored three runs in the third to get within 10 at 14-4, by Parowan added two more runs to end the game after four and a half innings, 16-4.

In the championship game, Parowan led 5-0, until Emery erupted for seven runs in two different innings, to win 15-9.