HIGHLAND — It was about as a bad of a third inning as the Lone Peak baseball team could have ever imagined. In fact, unless you were from Alta, it was downright painful to watch.
The Knights gave up seven runs off of seven hits while committing two errors and letting the Hawks complete one complete cycle of their batting lineup before finally finding a bandage to stop the bleeding. However, the damage had been done, and the undefeated defending champions found themselves trailing 7-1.
"It was the first time we've really been down the whole year at all," said Lone Peak skipper Mike LaHargoue.
It lasted all but half an inning, and the deficit had been erased from history after the Knights retaliated with five runs in the bottom of the third and eventually galloped past Alta 11-10 to take the first two games of the series.
"I'm very proud of these guys battlin'. It was early in the game and we put some better swings on the ball," said LaHargoue. "That next inning when we came back and scored five of our own, I knew that we were going to be OK.
"We just weren't going to the plate with a good approach. We were trying to pull everything and the kids made the adjustments."
Lone Peak started the high-scoring affair in the second inning when Keeyan Norman, who has a body type similar to Prince Fielder, roped a frozen rope that nearly clipped the center field wall to put the Knights up 1-0.
From that point on, runs started flowing rapidly in a game that was plagued by multiple umpire delays, pitching changes and confusion.
In the top of the third inning, Alta's Braxton Davies and Braydon Goddard delivered singles, allowing pinch-runner Trey Thayer to come home off a Lone Peak throwing error to tie things up at 1-1.
After a walk, Cole Myers sliced a two-run double and Davies closed out the inning with an RBI single.
With its back against the wall, Lone Peak showed why it's the defending state champion.
Lone Peak finally recaptured the lead in the fourth inning on an RBI single from Josh Stephen and extended the cushion to 10-7 in the fifth inning.
The Hawks, just like the Knights had done earlier, fought back. In the top of the seventh, Alta had dipped into lead and trailed 11-10.
With the bases loaded, Kallas stepped the plate and blasted a shot to deep left field — but it came up only feet short of a grand slam and ended the game in dramatic fashion.1 comment on this story
"We've got a short yard but that's the hardest place to put it out on our field is down the left-field line," said LaHargoue when asked what was going through his mind watching the ball sail toward the fence. "It's going uphill a little bit at 330 (feet). I knew he didn't get it, but he's a big strong kid. I was hoping he didn't get enough; luckily he didn't."
Lone Peak will look to complete the sweep of its Region 4 rivals Friday at Alta. First pitch is scheduled to fly at 4 p.m.