SALT LAKE CITY — Playing in the 2A state baseball tournament wasn't any more stressful than a walk in the park for San Juan sophomore Logan Meyer.
He smiled while standing in the on-deck circle in the first inning of the Broncos' tournament game against Grand after a foul ball off the bat of teammate Tyler Nielson hit a car on a nearby street. He smiled again when he was chided by his teammates for avoiding a pitch that would have hit him in his first at-bat.
"Usually we're supposed to take them," Meyer said. "I guess I wanted to hit the ball."
Meyer and the rest of the Broncos did just that — and gave up nothing in return.
Meyer tossed a no-hitter to lead San Juan to a 14-0 win over Grand. He had six strikeouts and was just a walked batter and a Red Devil reaching base on an error from a perfect game.
"He did an amazing job," Nielson said. "He's been doing that for us all year. We just need him to keep doing that."
You can't blame San Juan for being greedy for more of Meyer's pitching. The Broncos, the reigning 2A champions, haven't been considered an elite team this season while taking third place in Region 15. But they have vastly improved as the year has progressed, and they're one of four unbeaten teams left in the 2A tourney after winning two games in the regional hosted by Rowland Hall on Saturday.
San Juan, Enterprise, Beaver and Gunnison survived Saturday's tournament games without a loss and advanced to the winners' bracket semifinals at Kearns High on Thursday. Grand, North Sevier, South Sevier and Parowan are still alive in the double-elimination format.
"We're right where we wanted to be," said first-year San Juan coach Charlie Taylor.
Meyer's arm helped the Broncos get there. He kept the Red Devils off balance with an assortment of off-speed pitches, breaking balls and fastballs. Grand only hit the ball out of the infield three times against him.
"When he's on the mound, he dials it in," Taylor said of Meyer, who is a valuable utility player for the Broncos. "His change of velocity keeps batters off balance. Guys are confident when he's on the mound."
Meyer also threw with plenty of confidence, thanks to an offense that uncorked eight extra-base hits. Nielson led the way with two doubles and four RBIs. Meyer and Colton Rouche each had two doubles and an RBI.
Before beating Grand, San Juan defeated South Summit 11-1 in an elimination game. The Broncos got their bats going late against the Wildcats, and it carried over against Grand.
"Guys were just focused and hit line drives," Taylor said.2 comments on this story
San Juan has defeated Region 15 rival Grand three times this season by a combined score of 56-6. Saturday's game figured to be more competitive after Grand defeated host Rowland Hall 16-6 in an elimination game earlier in the day.
2A baseball playoffs
At Kearns High
Beaver (14-5) vs. Gunnison (20-5), 11 a.m.
Enterprise (12-7) vs. San Juan (15-7), 1:30 p.m.
At Taylorsville High
South Sevier (7-14) vs. Parowan (11-9), 11 a.m.
North Sevier (18-5) vs. Grand (9-14), 1:30 p.m.
At Kearns High
Parowan-South Sevier winner vs. San Juan-Enterprise loser, 4:30 p.m.
Grand-North Sevier winner vs. Beaver-Gunnison loser, 7 p.m.2A baseball playoffs