The Kanab Cowboys went 3-1 last weekend at the annual kickoff to the baseball season, the Chuckwagon Classic.

The Cowboys shut out Morgan on Friday afternoon 7-0, then won an exciting 5-4 thiller over Richfield that night.

On Saturday morning, a bad first inning saw the Cowboys give up seven runs on only two hits, as they fell to North Sanpete 8-2. The home team came from behind in their final match that evening, scoring three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, to edge Manti 6-5.

Three other teams ended the weekend with 3-1 records – Millard, North Sanpete and Richfield. Enterprise, Gunnison and Manti had 2-2 records. Delta and Morgan finished the weekend 1-3, while Fredonia struggled to compete and lost all four games.

In the first game with Morgan, Kanab scored one run in the third, then added six runs in the bottom of the fourth on only three hits. Marcus Fox threw all four innings, shutting out Morgan on only three hits, while striking out 10. Fox fanned the last two batters in the top of the fourth with the bases loaded to shut down Morgan’s only rally.

In the night game with Richfield, the score was deadlocked after six innings, tied 4-4. The game went back and forth, with both teams having the lead, before Richfield tied it up in the top of the sixth. With the one hour 40 minute time limit up, the teams decided to play one more inning, with each team starting out with a runner on third base. After Richfield loaded the bases with no outs, Kanab coaxed two pop outs and a groundout to escape the inning. Then Derek Houston hit the first pitch to right field and the Cowboy runner tagged and scored from third to give Kanab the 5-4 victory. Sam Orton and Drew Hafen shared mound duties, with Hafen throwing the final two innings.

After finishing the first day of the tourney 2-0, Kanab fell to North Sanpete Saturday morning, basically giving the Hawks seven runs in the top of the first inning. Four walks and an error, with the help of only two hits, and Kanab gave this one away. Hoss Houston and Marcus Fox had the only two hits for the Cowboys.

Kanab ended the night with another exciting finish, when they rallied from two runs down in the bottom of the fifth inning, to nip Manti 6-5. The Cowboys pounded out 11 hits in the game, their best production of the weekend. Kanab jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Manti put up four runs in the top of the third to take a 4-3 lead. The Templars added one more run in the top of the fourth, before the big Cowboy rally in the bottom of the fifth.

Hoss Houston started the fifth with a single. Marcus Fox advanced him to third with a single. John Simms reached base on an error, scoring Houston. A double play by Manti almost got them out of the inning, but Derek Houston came through with a clutch hit to score Simms and tie the game at 5-5. After a walk, Kyle Blomquist stroked a single to bring in Houston with the winning run.

Carter Jackman started the game, with relief help from Sam Orton.