Providence bids goodbye to the baseball in victory over Bear River
PROVIDENCE -- As the TV commercial says, chicks dig the long ball.
Apparently, so do the Providence Wolverines.
Providence used home runs from four players Thursday night to dispose of the Bear River Barons, 15-3, in Northern Utah League action, at Max L. Johnson Memorial Field.
"We usually play pretty well like that," said Providence first baseman Jason Crawford, who was 3 for 4 on the night with a two-run homer. "We expect that out of ourselves."
The Wolverines (6-1) were paced offensively by Evan Hoge and Chris Shelton, who each tallied one dinger, as well as four RBI apiece.
"We've got a few people that can swing it," said Providence manager Dennis Udy, after seeing his team pound out 12 hits against two Bear River pitchers.
Adam Sorenson recorded the win for the Wolverines as the right-hander pitched all five innings, giving up three runs on five hits, while striking out five batters in the process.
"He threw well," Crawford said. "When you work ahead, you can throw what you want and get hitters out."
That was the case as Sorenson retired the first five Barons he faced.
Shelton got things going on the offensive side for Providence in the bottom of the first when he drilled a pitch from Bear River starter Zach Williams onto the street in left field, giving the Wolverines a 2-0 lead.
Providence added three more runs in the bottom of the second before the Barons (1-3) finally got on the board in the top of the third, the only inning Sorenson had trouble in.
Clint Wood began the three-run Bear River inning with a double off of the right field fence. A one-out RBI-single by Josh Judkins scored Wood from third, and the Barons added two more runs on a home run from Josh Marble.
"He had one bad inning," Udy said of Sorenson. "Other than that, he pitched well."
After tallying another run in the bottom of the third behind a first-pitch leadoff round-tripper from Derik Waddoups, Providence sent 13 more men to the plate in the fourth, scoring nine runs. Hoge and Crawford led the barrage with a grand slam, and a two-run dinger, respectively.
And according to Udy, seeing four balls leave the ballpark is not that unusual for the Wolverines.
"I think we're good enough to do that," Udy said. "It doesn't surprise me at all, it really doesn't. We've got some good hitters on this club."