First baseman Jackson Berg chased a foul ball through the grass, past the warning track and into the Skyview bullpen.
Berg bounced off the chain-link fence, but the ball landed safely in his glove.
Despite Berg’s valiant effort, the catch didn’t count because it was ruled out of the field of play.
No matter, there were plenty more highlight-worthy plays to be had in Skyview’s 17-0, five-inning rout of Bishop Kelly on Friday night at Skyview High.
Senior pitchers Sage Diehm and Trent Emerson combined for a two-hit shutout, and the Hawks totaled 15 hits to capture the program’s first 4A Southern Idaho Conference regular-season baseball title.
Skyview earns the No. 1 seed and a first-round bye in next week’s district tournament, where the Hawks (15-8, 12-3 4A SIC) are the two-time defending champions. Bishop Kelly (11-13, 10-5) will be the No. 2 seed and also gets a first-round bye.
“We didn’t let off the gas,” said Diehm, a lefty and North Carolina signee. “We’ve had some games where we’re a little lackadaisical, but today we just kept pouring it on. Everyone was swinging the bat well.”
Diehm set the Hawks’ onslaught in motion, allowing one hit over three innings while striking out seven of the 10 batters he faced.
“We know he’s going to go out, throw strikes and challenge people,” Skyview coach Ryan Bobo said. “When he’s on the mound we feel good behind him, and good things usually happen.”
The Hawks batted through the order in the first two innings, scoring six runs in the first and seven more in the second. Ten different Skyview batters managed at least one hit led by leadoff Emerson, catcher Kody Graves, center fielder Mitch Hensley and left fielder Carson Wise with two hits apiece.
“We just twisted the knife, basically,” said Wise, who went 2-for-3 with three RBIs. “When we got the points, we just kept laying it to them. It was a good game.”
Bobo pulled Diehm after three innings to keep his ace fresh for the district tournament, but Emerson kept the shutout intact despite loading the bases with just one out in both the fourth and fifth innings. Emerson allowed one hit with two strikeouts while also going 2-for-3 at the plate with a double and two RBIs.
“That’s just Trent. Trent’s a bulldog,” Bobo said. “He’s going to throw strikes. He’s not scared of any hitters. He knows he has a good defense behind him.”
BK’s Steve Zorich was saddled with the loss, and senior outfielder/pitcher Keaton Elledge and junior catcher Joe Puzio registered the Knights’ only hits.