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Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
Riverton’s Cooper Gray reacts to being tagged out at 3rd base by way of America Fork’s Travis Johnson as Riverton and American Fork play in 6A moment around baseball motion at Riverton on Wednesday, May 16, 2018.
RIVERTON — Protecting a two-run lead and combing right into a pitch-count prohibit, American Fork pitcher Ryan Hardman used to be down on Three-Zero counts to either one of the ultimate two batters in the second-round matchup towards Riverton on Wednesday.
The senior allowed a full-count sacrifice fly that made it a one-run sport, then struck out the ultimate batter to lend a hand the Cavemen advance to the quarterfinals of the Class 6A baseball event after a Five-Four victory.
“I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t (sweating),” American Fork head trainer Jared Ingersoll stated of the ultimate two at bats. “It was good enough. Credit Riverton for putting them hard in play, they did a good job of hitting.”
Hardman ended the entire sport permitting 4 runs (two earned) on 11 hits, placing out 8 batters and strolling two. He threw 113 pitches and, if the ultimate at-bat hadn’t been an out, Hardman would have needed to yield the mound towards the subsequent batter on account of the 110-pitch prohibit.
“I started getting in my own head,” Hardman stated of falling in the back of Three-Zero towards the remaining two batters. “I just told myself I’ve got to throw it over the plate and force them to swing.”
Hardman helped himself to an early three-run lead, hitting a leadoff unmarried and scoring 3 batters afterward 3rd baseman Travis Johnson’s bunt squeeze. First baseman Colton Carpenter bunted for a unmarried and scored when Riverton beginning pitcher Kody Nelson walked American Fork outfielder Isaac Garlick with the bases loaded to make it 2-Zero in the best of the first inning.
Then in the moment, Carpenter drew a stroll and scored on an RBI double by way of designated hitter Dawson Parry.
“We’ve worked on (small ball) every practice,” Hardman stated, “so I mean, when we come out and it’s time to execute, it makes it easy.”
Nelson put Riverton on the board in the moment inning on a cool RBI unmarried —from the No. nine hollow, left fielder Buddy Young hit a troublesome grounder up the heart that bounced off Hardman earlier than rolling over to brief. Young beat the throw to first, and Carpenter stuck Riverton baserunner Cooper Gray flat-footed looking to around 3rd base to finish the inning after the run scored.
Down by way of two in the backside of the 7th, Riverton middle fielder Gaige Morris drew a leadoff stroll and scored on a sacrifice fly by way of Nelson to make it a Five-Four sport with two outs earlier than Hardman struck out Applegate to finish the sport.
“For him to come all the way back on those, that’s on him,” Ingersoll stated of Hardman. “He came back and found ways to get the defense involved. That’s tough.”
Carpenter went 1 for two with a couple of walks, a bunt unmarried, two steals, a strikeout and 3 runs scored for American Fork. Johnson and catcher JD Gardner every had an RBI. Garlick went 1 for two with a stroll, RBI and a run scored. Center fielder Jack Walker hit an RBI triple off the left-field fence that made it a Five-Three sport in the best of the 6th inning.
Riverton left fielder Dylan Sanchez went 2 for Four with a run and a strikeout. Edwards went Three for Four with a stolen base and an RBI. Young went 2 for three with an RBI, bunt unmarried and a strikeout.
The two groups blended for 8 bunts in the sport.
Nelson took the loss with 5 runs (two earned) on six hits, 3 strikeouts and 4 walks in Five third innings. Edwards went 1 2/Three innings in reduction with successful and a strikeout.
“Our offensive lineup did a great job executing,” Ingersoll stated. “We didn’t hit very well today, but we’ll work on that and try to get better for Monday.”
American Fork will subsequent face Region 1 runner-up Clearfield, which knocked off Region 2 champion Cyprus 7-1 on Wednesday to advance to the quarterfinals.
Tavin Stucki has coated prep sports activities in Utah for greater than 9 years.