5A Baseball Roundup: Salem Hills avenges earlier loss to Timpanogos
Salem Hills had a rough night on Tuesday, losing to Timpanogos and facing elimination from the 5A baseball tournament.
The No. 3 seed Skyhawks responded on Wednesday at BYU’s Miller Park with two gutty, hard-working wins.
Salem Hills stayed alive with an 8-4 victory against Region 8 champion and No. 6 seed Jordan then came back a few hours later to avenge that loss to Timpanogos, beating the Timberwolves 6-4 to force a third game between the two teams on Thursday.
The Skyhawks went to work early and pushed across four runs in the top of the first, getting a lead-off triple from Kam Coburn and rolling from there.
No. 2 seed Timpanogos (26-5) got back in the game by scoring two runs in the third and one each in the fifth and sixth to tie the score at 4. But Salem Hills put together back-to-back innings with one score each for a two-run advantage and Boston Gardner shut down the Timberwolves in the bottom of the seventh to secure the win.
“As a team, you have to have the concept that we’ve got to score more than one run, you know what I’m saying?” Salem Hills coach Scott Haney said. “So we had a little better outing doing that today. Our goal is to score every inning but to score more guys have got to get on base.
“You have to have some walks and let the ball hit you, anything to get on base. Then when you get guys in scoring position, you have to hit the shizz out of the ball. You’ve got to let the next guy get up and trust your teammates.”
Coburn was 4 of 5 at the plate for Salem Hills (25-6) and Charlie Cushing was 3 for 3. Garrett Holt added a two-run triple as the Skyhawks pounded out 12 hits.
Collin Morgan had three hits for Timpanogos, which lost for the first time in bracket play.
The T-Wolves and the Skyhawks will meet at 4 p.m. at Miller Park on Thursday with the winner moving on to the three-game championship series beginning Friday.
No. 3 Salem Hills 8, No. 6 Jordan 4
The Skyhawks were the model of efficiency in Wednesday’s elimination game at BYU’s Miller Park, scoring eight runs on just four hits.
One of the big hits was two-run double off the wall in left from Garrett Holt, which propelled Salem Hills to a five-run second inning. The Skyhawks showed patience at the plate and took advantage of a Jordan pitching staff that walked six and hit two other batters.
Salem Hills scored three runs in the fourth in bases loaded situations, two on walks and another when Zac Nelson was hit by a pitch.
The Skyhawks took an 8-2 lead into the top of the seventh and surrendered two runs before Cayden Hansen tracked down a fly ball in left field to end the game.
With the win, Salem Hills (24-6) moved on to face Timpanogos in another win-or-go home game. The No. 2 seed Timberwolves beat up on the Skyhawks 10-2 on Tuesday.
No. 5 Viewmont 9, No. 4 Lehi 5
The Pioneers took a 5-3 lead into the top of the seventh and needed just three outs to secure a spot in the best-of-three championship series on Friday.
Viewmont clearly had other ideas, scoring six times to seize the lead and kept Lehi from scoring in the bottom of the inning to force a rubber game on Thursday at 7 p.m.
Tuesday’s late game
No. 4 Lehi 5, No. 17 Woods Cross 0
Jackson Brousseau pitched a five-hit shutout to lead Lehi past Woods Cross in a late Tuesday bracket round matchup.
Brousseau struck out five and finished off his complete game victory without a walk, facing just 24 batters in seven innings. Mays Madsen was 2 for 4 with two RBI and two runs scored for the Pioneers (22-6) and Tysen Elswood was 2 for 2.