When the situation called for a squeeze bunt, Pleasant Grove laid it down. When it called for a an extra-base hit, the Vikings got one and when they needed grand slam, they got that too.
It's nice to have versatility.
On Wednesday afternoon, Pleasant Grove used a little of everything to overwhelm Timpanogos 10-4.
"That's a good team. We're happy to beat Timpanogos, that's a game that everyone is up for because it's a rivalry and both sides know each other so well," said Pleasant Grove coach Darrin Henry. "We had a talk last week about buying into the program, doing it the right way and staying inside the baseball and that's what they are doing."
There was no better example of that then what Bryce Jones did. With a runner on third in the fifth inning, Jones executed a squeeze bunt that scored a run and when Jones got up with bases loaded in the sixth inning, he broke the game open by sending a shot over the left-field fence.
"He's good a good stick when he's right as you've seen today, he strokes the ball pretty hard," Henry said. "The nice thing about that is he was the one that laid down the squeeze bunt to score one and in his next at-bat he hits a run home, that's what I meant about buying into the program."
Jones went 2-for-3 with 5 RBi. Rylan Peterson was 2-for-3 with a double, Jake Barnhart was 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and Tyler Harmon went 2-for-3 with a double.
All that offense was plenty to back up the pitching of Drew Valez, who got his second start of the year. He improved to 2-0 by pitching five innings, allowing four hits and one run. He struck out eight and walked two.
"He's our leader," Henry said. "The minute he walks on the hill, our team believes good things are going to happen so it's nice to have him out there."
Pleasant Grove jumped on Timpanogos for three runs in the first inning to take charge of the game. Barnhart drove in two of the three runs with a double. Harmon doubled in a run in the third to give the Vikings a 4-0 lead.
Timpanogos made things interesting by scoring two runs in the sixth and cutting the Pleasant Grove lead to 5-3.
McKay Swope came through with a 2-out bases loaded single, but Harmon got a strike out to end the threat.
"To me the whole game was our approach to hitting with guys on base. I counted seven strikeouts with guys in scoring position," said Timpanogos coach Kim Nelson. "They weren't even good at-bats. If you hit a ball and make them make a play or do something you can live a little more with that, but we weren't even taking good swings at pitches you should swing at, that's a little harder to take."
Pleasant Grove finished off the T'Wolves with a 5-run sixth that was highlighted by Jones' grand slam.
The win helped Pleasant Grove improve to 4-1 on the year. Beveridge, Tyler Hamilton and Johnny Peterson all had two hits for Timpanogos, who dropped to 3-3.