It’s a six-peat: Providence tops Smithfield for NUL crown

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Not one. Not two. Not three. Not four. Not five, but six.

For the sixth consecutive season, the Providence Wolverines are Northern Utah League champions.

“I’ve only been a part of two of them, but it’s a real legacy,” Wolverines right fielder Matt Stranski said. “To win six straight times in the NUL, that says a lot about the program in Providence and the people who run this program.”

The bats came alive for the Wolverines Saturday in a 7-1 win over the Smithfield Blue Sox at Richard V. Hansen ballpark in Smithfield as Providence closed out the championship series.

Stranski connected on a 2-run home run in the third inning to turn a one-run deficit into a 2-1 lead and Providence never looked back.

Shortstop Brad Singer matched Stranski in the fourth inning with a 3-run home run to push the lead to 5-1 before RBI singles from Colby Roser and Derek Leishman finished the scoring.

“Credit to everyone that came out and swung the bat tonight,” Singer said. “It was a good number up on the scoreboard and we did it with authority.”

Singer and Stranski went a combined 3-for-10 with three walks, but batted in six of Providence’s 10 runs in the series.

“We feed off one other for sure,” Singer said. “We’re best friends off the field, we hang out all the time, so we definitely feed off one another. When I see Matt hit home runs, it gets me going. I think I have to do that and vice versa. I think he thinks the same.”

Four different pitchers saw action in the series clincher, with starting pitcher Skyler Thorpe going five innings before Rob Garrett, Peyton Davis and Jed Jensen combined for the save.

“I had a lot of guys that wanted to pitch, so there at the end I sort of round robin-ed some pitching situations,” manager Jared Jensen said. “Skyler threw real well. When he keeps the ball down he gets a lot of ground balls for double plays.”

The Wolverines pitching staff recorded 10 strikeouts and issued just two walks in the series.

Providence finished the season 6-2 against Smithfield, part of a 22-5 record overall on the way to capturing it’s sixth straight championship.

“It was great, it was a lot fun,” Jensen said. “It was a god season. We had a lot of fun doing it. It was a good group of guys. We came in and executed the championship game and went out and got it.”